Fashion is a unique form of autonomy and self-expression in a certain context and at a certain time, of attire, footwear, fashion, jewelry, makeup, hair style, body posture, and wardrobe. In its general usage, the word signifies a stylish appearance as determined by the fashion industry. However, in fashion, individuality is the rule, not the exception, as a new fashion statement might become very popular overnight but it may still fail to gain acceptance because some people find it unacceptable due to cultural norms. Some fashion designers create a “safe” fashion style that is accepted and supported by most people, while others, especially those who belong to the minority groups such as women, ethnic and religious groups, and lesbian and gay communities, risk getting branded as Sex Criminals, Street Slugs, and Narcotics Anonymous because of their controversial or “controversial” fashion statements. For example, some people would not like hip-hop, yet the majority of rap fans are not Sex Offenders, nor are they “street slugs”. So the question is why do some fashions become very popular on one platform but not on another?
The answer to this question lies in the diversity of the fashion world. Since the history of fashion started at least in the 12th century, fashion has been represented by works of art, fine art, high fashion design, costume, and interior design. Therefore, from a broad perspective, one could say that fashion started as clothing and as accessories and slowly transformed into a more artistic form as it evolved over the centuries. Today, clothes are designed according to the latest trends that are promoted by fashion magazines, high fashion shows, celebrity fashion shows, and the internet; whereas, high fashion shoes and other clothes are inspired by brands that have become popular worldwide through word-of-mouth advertising.
High fashion trends tend to bring about a large number of changes in people’s dressing styles and lifestyles, which may not be welcome among some people. Thus, it is up to each individual to decide whether he or she is ready for these kinds of changes. Some people would prefer to adapt a traditional way of dressing that is reflected in their culture and family background, whereas others may want to create a more individual style that reflects their individual preferences. However, the key to fashion is to know how to mix and match different styles and to be able to differentiate between fashion and trends, because sometimes it is not possible to know what is real and what is fake.