What Is Fashion and How Does It Affect Us?


Fashion is a system of cultural clothing trends that dictate the way people dress. It is also about style, attitude and individuality. Fashion changes all the time, and it is impossible to know when something will come back into fashion.

Fashion influences the whole world and is a multibillion-dollar industry. It affects the lives of millions of people, whether they realize it or not. Fashion not only represents clothing styles, but it can also reflect jewelry, shoes, bags, accessories and even the way we think and act.

It is believed that people of higher socioeconomic status set the fashion trends, which trickle down to lower social classes. It is also possible that different cultures set their own independent fashion trends. For example, in Europe during the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries, fashions favored things Turkish at one time, Chinese at another and Japanese at yet another.

It is also thought that fashions vary within a society, depending on age, social class, generation, occupation and geography. For instance, young people may adopt the fashions of their elders. Fashions may also be influenced by religion. For example, during the 1920s in China, qipao (formal dresses) with stand collars, trumpet sleeves and straight silhouettes came into fashion. These days, people use social media websites like Instagram and TikTok to share their fashion choices with others. This has made fashion much more accessible. However, it has also been suggested that the commercialization of fashion encourages materialistic consumption and that the fast-changing nature of fashion leads to unsustainable consumerism.