November 21st, 2005
On the most basic level, fashion is important to me because it makes me happy.
my interests are design and aesthetics, and fashion feeds both of
these. I love line, silhouette, color, fabric, and construction. I love
the look of a well-fitted garment. And I love combining garments to
make a statement.
is my way of expressing to the world that I am me. I love that one day,
I can "be" preppy, the next day sophisticated, the next day plain, and
the next day glamourous. It’s the easiest thing to change about your
appearance. Plus it’s non-invasive…a double plus on my list.
I find it intrinsically pleasing to dress up–and I dress for myself, first and foremost.
An added benefit, however, is the visual first impression that you give
to others. It’s been said that first impressions are mainly
visual–that is, they depend less on what you say and more on how you
visually present yourself. While I don’t like this, my experience has
shown this to be all too accurate.
Even when I’m shopping, for
instance, I get radically different treatment from salespeople. If I’m
dressed in flip flops, jeans, and a t-shirt, I often have to hunt
salespeople down in order to make a purchase. If, on the other hand,
I’m dressed in heels, a slim pencil skirt, and a nice top, I often
can’t shop in peace, receiving multiple offers for help.
Your thoughts? How does fashion make an impression on your life?