The slippers or the meat dress? Yes, style matters
As a little girl growing up in the late ‘80s, I loved to watch my mom get ready in the morning. It was quite a ritual with many fascinating procedures, and each one was executed with surgical precision and focus.
Every day she applied exotic shades of eye shadow and lipstick, and styled her shiny black hair with all the volume, curl and freeze-in-place hair spray the decade demanded.
After the rigorous grooming phase was complete, she carefully selected an outfit from a trendy, yet refined collection of pieces only my mother could pull off. This was my favorite part.
There were splatter painted skinny jeans with zippers on the ankles, brightly colored blouses with shoulder pads and high-heeled pumps in every color.
I couldn’t wait to grow up so I could wear all the things my mom looked so beautiful in. I couldn’t wait to have style.
Whether we consciously admit it or not, each of us has style. Since our earliest beginnings, human beings have adorned their bodies with some form of decoration. Tribal tattoos, fragrances, jewels and garments all have been used to celebrate and individualize the human body, and occasionally provide a barrier from the elements (a secondary benefit, of course).
Modern society requires we cover our bodies in public, which means each of us makes a deliberate style choice at least once a day, every day. Here’s the point: None of us are immune from the fashion industry.
From the college student who wears slippers to class, to the guy in the 1998 Broncos Super Bowl sweatshirt, to Lady Gaga’s extravagant and meaty creations, we all participate in the world of fashion.
Still not convinced?
Here are a couple figures that ought to blow your mind: The global pharmaceutical industry is worth $880 billion. The global fashion industry is worth $1.3 trillion. STYLE MATTERS.
Personal style is so much more than clothes. It’s a material manifestation of your lifestyle, opinions, priorities and values. In fact, it’s our very first method of interpersonal communication.
I’m continually fascinated with people’s style choices, and not just what they select for the world to see that day, but why. Was the choice based on function or comfort? Was it based on trend or the intended absence of it?
Ultimately, I think we are the most powerful, authentic versions of ourselves when our style is honest and fully actualized, even if it includes a Broncos sweatshirt from 1998.