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Fashion as a Form of Self-Expression

You may not be aware that the average person makes 20,000 decisions each day. You might not realise it, but one of the most significant everyday choices you make for expressing your identity is what to dress.


We are able to convey a certain aspect of our personalities nonverbally through our apparel. Whether it means wearing floral print to show off your sensitive side or a bold piece to show off your extraversion. Growing older does not mean that you stop caring about your appearance. The feel of a piece of clothing, the dazzle of jewellery, the completion of an item, the aroma of one's favourite perfume or aftershave—all have a significant impact on individuality and feeling like "you."

We are continuously subjected to cultural pressure to buy and amass more possessions. But no matter how full our closets are, we frequently cry out, "I have nothing to wear," when it comes to clothing.

We frequently conflate fashion and style, which is why, Style is the capacity to clearly navigate a sea of options, make a decision, and do it in a way that is consistent with how we view ourselves. We elegantly affix our distinctive mark to a collection of items. Additionally, there are always options in our closets; it just depends on which component of our identities we want to express through our clothing that particular day.


In addition to being a terrific way to express oneself, wearing certain styles of apparel, according to study, may have an impact on our confidence and behaviour. We feel more confident about ourselves when we dress in what we love, which is crucial for older people's welfare. The benefits of fashion to seniors don't end there, either! Whether it's a vintage piece that takes the owner back to a moment from their youth or an item that reminds them of a certain period in their lives, the items in our wardrobes can hold numerous memories. The elderly can benefit from fashion by reflecting on their memories, which has a favourable effect on their wellbeing.

Because style is so commonly misunderstood, it is sometimes devalued. When we say we want to be stylish, what we truly mean is style.

Style is delightful because it never gets old and is a small tribute to originality and innovation. It reveals a personality quirk. always a quick foray into artistic expression. It is an illustration of your particular complexity as a person.

Style transcends ordinary clothing more than anything else. One thing to keep in mind is that style may be expressed with less clothes than you might imagine. A brief foray into fashion-based self-expression is style. What you choose to wear is a life-affirming representation of your character and soul, a reflection of your self-awareness and self-confidence. And as a result, it consistently conveys the idea that you are in charge of your own environment. It is a vital tool for navigating the world, whether the social or the economic sector, in part because of this.

It conveys that you are organised and are the kind of person you want to work with on practically any project. So, before you speak or give your qualifications, style might already be compelling.
     
The clothing is the fashion. The wearer is the style.
Fashion is really personal. Fashion and style can vary from person to another. What I might consider to be fashion may appear to be a fashion faux pas, and vice versa. Fashion, in my perspective, may be viewed as a kind of self-expression. What makes me say that?
 
One cannot wear everything that is deemed to be "fashion" when it comes to clothing. Fashion is whatever you feel good in and still lets you stand out or look decent. You can express who you are by using fashion and clothing. You are able to define your personality type. Your appearance speaks volumes about who you are. There are hints about who you are in what you wear, Marc Jacobs once stated.
 
The way one dresses can be a visual representation of their political, emotional, and cultural beliefs. A state where the distance between one's body and inner existence feels the shortest could also be the goal. On the opposite end of the scale, it can be viewed as simply a societal standard; in Western civilization, one is required to cover one's body to a certain amount. The routine of getting dressed is a necessary aspect of our life, regardless of how you approach it. A person should wear whatever they are comfortable in and of their choice.

By-
Sriparna Mukherjee
Amity University, Kolkata

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