Fashion Influence

Are You the Kind of Person Who Cares About Other People’s Eyes?

When you’re not in front of the mirror, you’re on the phone discussing your new clothes with your friends? Nowadays, many young people dress not for themselves but especially for others. Physical appearance is a very important element in the lives of young people. They must make a good impression on each other to be accepted by groups of trendy friends. This constant desire to integrate and to be noticed by everyone derives from superficiality.

Some of them are between 11 and 13 years old and already wear a belly vest or often have a piece of jewelry in their belly button, body tattoos, super low rise jeans, abundant makeup and heel shoes that give them a provocative wiggle. They are still old enough to’play madam or handsome’ but play for real. The consumption of clothing or fashion accessories is becoming more and more important for some teenagers. Dress style has now become a means of expression and integration for young people.

“Tell me how you dress, I’ll tell you who you are”

Despite the advantages it offers, it also has dangers… So, is the clothing style a translation or betrayal of oneself?
This is the philosophy of most young people. The latter are constantly judged by their physical appearance. To avoid exclusion, it is necessary to blend into the group, to belong to a tribe, as they say… young people let themselves be caught up in this world of fashion where most of the time prejudices reign supreme. In colleges, a student may be rejected by his or her classmates because he or she is clearly not involved. “It’s better not to mess with nerds,” they say. Not wanting to be criticized by those around them, young people prefer to follow the trend and wear clothes like the others, which in the end do not always suit them.

Being too much on the outside and wanting to be like others, in the end you become what you are shown instead of being yourself. Certainly in today’s society it is not always obvious when you are young to assume your own vision of things or to assume a style of dress different from that of others or to seek your own style, for fear of being rejected by others.

Seduction at all costs

At an age when the body is changing, young girls who are proud of their shapes put t-shirts close to the body. Clothing fashion is also a sexual marker. Young people, who want to seduce, will use fashion as a way to attract the attention of others and test their ability to please the other sex.

At 15 years old, Sarah is a great passionate fashionista. His priority is to seduce. “I like to be found beautiful, I love to be noticed. I not only dress for myself but also to please others,” she says. Sarah claims that she spends all her allowance on clothes, shoes and accessories. “Impossible to resist if I want something, I’ll make sure I get it,” she says. And for that, Sarah will set up schemes with her parents to achieve her goals. But be careful, it’s not just girls who are looking to please through fashion. Johnny 17 years old doesn’t hesitate to spend exorbitant amounts of money on designer clothes and shoes. “It’s kind of my tactic to impress girls,” he says, with a touch of humour.

Beware….

If fashion brings to young people, even with a few reservations, it can also have more negative consequences. First, fashion can create tensions within the family. For example, if the teenager adopts a “babacool” or “gothic” style, he or she may strongly dislike parents who will in turn seek to impose their authority. These tensions can range from simple verbal exchanges to attitudes of family breakdown.

Wanting to follow fashion sometimes causes minor damage, such as applying the fashion of straight and curly hair to the risk of burning your hair, or using cosmetics that are not compatible with acne, which then develops even more… But sometimes the consequences can be more dramatic. Models, supermodels or stars convey to young girls an unrealistic cult of slimming that illustrates this point. Young people can deprive themselves of food or follow drastic diets to conform to this image, even suffering from anorexia with repercussions on their growth and even their lives. In addition, this concern can create discomfort, become obsessive, and thus have an impact on mental health.

Respect the Limits

Between advertising and social pressure, teens are constantly exposed to fashion dictates. It is often the parents who bear the brunt of this because it is not always easy to manage the whims of their offspring on this very delicate subject. If they insist on choosing their teenagers’ clothes, there is a good chance it will end in conflict. In order to prevent the situation from escalating, it is important to set limits.

Parents often do not approve of their teenagers’ clothing style. Being sexy or in the loop doesn’t mean being extravagant. If you want respect, learn to respect yourself. Avoid extravagant outfits that could be harmful to you. Above all, remember that it is possible to value yourself in ways other than your appearance and clothing style. Because, we must not forget, attachment to fashion is intimately linked to self-esteem.

Fashion and Clothing for Today’s Youth: Another Form of Incivility?

What can or cannot a young person wear, as clothes, as clothes, as clothes? Throughout history, clothing has served as an identifier, beyond its primary function of clothing and keeping warm.

It is interesting to remember that according to religion, the first habit was made of fig leaves, in the Garden of Eden, following the sin of Adam and Eve. This garment was made to hide their nakedness that they had discovered and especially the fear and shame that they had felt.

Not so long ago, to be respected, you had to appear “serious”. Thus, being in dishevelled clothing was simply unimaginable; only sport made it possible to wear casual clothing. If the work required a special outfit, it had to be impeccable, even with a dirty loom. This, of course, gave mothers and wives work!

Today, in the name of fashion, young people and even some middle-aged people wear torn jeans, shapeless and dirty clothes, T-shirts with provocative slogans. This makes them assimilate to violent groups, criminals, poorly educated people….

Sometimes even in churches, teenagers may have outfits that would be more appropriate, if not more appropriate, on the beach or in an unfamiliar bar. Whose fault is it? To society and more particularly to parents? What is certain is that decency is dying, decency is dead. It’s time to hide and show. Another form of vice and incivility, to be fought!