Style: The “Thing” of Fashion

Style is a thing of fashion. Without style, fashion would be two-dimensional. Style is an expression of oneself, and every individual self is unique. Style is comfort, style is feeling confident, and style is making positive impressions. It has been noted that a first impression and a last impression are the two most significant impressions an individual can make. Style is essential to those two impressions. When one wears all black, one makes the impression that their style is sophisticated, yet simple. When one wears bright colors in eccentric prints, one makes the impression that their style is bright and lively. When I reflect on my wardrobe, I find clothing for a diverse array of occasions. I have neutral colors for days when I am feeling simple, yet sophisticated; I have bright colors for days when the sun is shining and my mood is as well. Fashion says so much about a person, and that is why I love my diverse wardrobe; it shows who I am as a person. Before one has an opportunity to speak, the impression of their self is formed through their style. Fashion may be an art, but style is what gives the art its personality. Picasso and Van Gogh are two prominent artists, but it is their style that sets their works apart. Without the thing called style, fashion would be lacking the personality that intrigues individuals worldwide

Girl Before a Mirror -Pablo Picasso

Girl Before a Mirror -Pablo Picasso

Starry Night -Van Gogh

Starry Night -Van Gogh

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Things of Nature

Too often, nature goes unappreciated. While I love to escape my home in Long Island and appreciate the man-made architecture of New York City, there is something serene about driving south and taking a dive into the ocean without my iPhone stuck to the palm of my hand. Nature is a reminder of purity in a society that harps on artificial means in many aspects; it helps us to reflect on our natural environment and on our inner selves. There is a lack of mindfulness for nature, especially in fashion. Many individuals go into a store and pick up the newest style in the least sustainable material; I am alsofront-final am guilty of doing this. However, it is possible to find things of nature in fashion. My cousin and sustainable fashion designer, Tara Lynn, encompasses things of nature in her bridal gowns. She uses sustainable material, such as hemp and silk, to create her gowns. Additionally, Tara Lynn implements aspects of nature into her embroidery by crafting natural things such as flowers and butterflies. Furthermore, through the use of solar panels Tara Lynn is able to craft her gowns in her design studio. Tara Lynn is able to capture the diverse nature of Vermont, and she has done this by creating Miss Vermont’s gown for the Miss U.S.A. pageant in 2008. Things of nature are essential to fashion; things of nature both inspire innovative fashion and are essential in the creation of fashion, and this is reflected in the works of Tara Lynn.

The Geniuses Behind Stockings

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 7.26.25 PMSteve Jobs, a genius of modern times, believed that “Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.” The change in women’s fashion in the 1920s is not only a change in physical style, but it is also a change in the role of women, and that is genius. Not only are women granted liberty in the passage of women’s suffrage in 1920, but they are granted the liberty of self-expression.  In the 1920s waistlines drop and hemlines rise. While the thought of women bearing more skin in this decade is considered promiscuous, it led to the production of nylon stockings (McGlinchey). Two decades later, the stockings introduced by the fashion of the 1920s are a key component of World War II. The genius behind the stocking created a product with a dual purpose. During World War II, used stockings are made into powder bags for the navy. Additionally, used stockings are melted down and re-spun into nylon thread for parachutes (Sundin). I love that despite women’s fashion being considered promiscuous in the 1920s, the fashion is essential to America’s success in WWII. Too often men do not understand why every individual We-Can-Do-It-Rosie-the-Riveter-Wallpaper-2-ABaspect of women’s fashion is important to a women, but in this scenario, women’s fashion proves itself vital to the men overseas. To the dismay of societal norms, women that chose to bear more skin are part of the genius behind America’s success in World War II.

McGlinchey, Steve. “History of Women’s Fashion.” Glamour Daze. Glamourdaze, 2009.

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Sundin, Sarah. “Make It Do-Stocking Shortages in World War II.” Sarah Sundin. n.p.,

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Beauty Can Be Ugly

As previously established, there is beauty in the red leaves of a maple tree among a sea of green, but is there beauty in an empty horizon on a frigid February day? In the gray of winter, one yearns for a hint of color and for a sign of change. Ugliness prevails in the uniformity of society, much like the ugliness in the dead of winter. While fashion provides beautiful diversity, it also provides ugly uniformity. However, there is something to be said about simplicity. Simplicity in nature is breathtaking, much like the soft sand that stretches for miles along a beach. Although we as a society find peace in simplicity, how often is it that we are interested in monotony in individual people? Our attention spans can only stay up on the same celebrity gossip for so long until the next story comes. While simplicity in a complex world is relieving being that it is hard to come across, in a dynamic society, uniformity in people can only go on for so long. Uniformity is eventually made to be broken, much like the sand particles that are lifted by the wind. Without the breaking of uniformity, the Civil Rights Movement would not have made a mark in our history textbooks. In the photo the models featured all share a similar look; they are all pale and resemble a European look. A major issue surrounding the fashion world is the issue surroundiScreen Shot 2015-07-13 at 6.45.02 PMng the lack of diversity among runaway models. In 2009 a quota was imposed to ensure that at least 10% of models has indigenous or African blood (Champ). While this is a small step in the right direction, 90% of the industry still remains uniform. Uniform is ugly, and the fashion industry is too dynamic to be hinged on the idea of uniform. Beauty is found in the diversity of fashion, and I believe that diversity should start with the individuals that wear the fashion. Champ, Gemma. “The Ugly Side of the Fashion World.” The National, 10 Jun. 2010. Web. 13 Jul. 2015.

Things of Beauty

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Things of beauty are things of diversity. Why do we find fall foliage so beautiful? It’s because of diversity; the diversity of color and of shapes is captivating. One does not generally find a uniformly gray sky beautiful. That is the beauty of fashion. Fashion is an expression of oneself, and every individual fashion is different. Too often individuals follow the trend and blend into the uniform gray atmosphere that goes unappreciated. As Gianni Versace once famously quoted, “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” Beauty is in what turns our heads and leaves an inspirational spark in our minds. The maple tree with blaring red leaves in the fall among a sea of green is what turns one’s head and inspires one to stop in one’s path. Fashion is very much the same; when an individual walks down 7th Avenue, that individual does not take a second glance at the mob of gray and black suits. The individual takes a second glance at the single individual in a bright printed dress with pretty pink heels. The individual that resembles diversity is the same individual that inspires an expression of life.

Blogfun. 2014. New York City. Photobucket. By Alex Rose. Web. 13 July 2015.