The Attempt to Eradicate Trends We Dislike. A Closer Look in to the Dangers of this Fashion Trend.
With our clothing being the ultimate form of self-expression, a major fashion trend that needs to stay in 2020 is that of the aggressive judgements thrust upon many by those who cross the line when it comes to disagreeing with what they wear.
Fashion. A seven-letter word that comprises thosands of trends, millions of designs and styles, that make up a global industry: clothing all 7.8 billion of us.
7.8 billion, when you really think about it, is an insane amount of people. Each of those humans have their own individual personality, featuring their own likes, dislikes, and varying taste levels. And with that come the plethora of unnecessary opinions out there on what we as a planet should and should not be allowed to wear. But when it gets down to it, the only fashion trends we should worry about leaving in 2020 are the excessively judgmental attitudes we carry towards those who choose to continue to hold on to a trend that a select few of us dislike. Eradicating the control factor that so many bloggers and influencers seem to love to take advantage of isn't difficult. It's something that has been needing to happen for a while now, so that we can all come together and celebrate our differences. Rather than making others feel bad about the way they choose to dress and represent themselves, why not support them, or cheer them on, instead?
Many humans in today's climate have the capability to wear what they want, when they want, and choose to use those articles of clothing as the platform to best represent themselves in their daily lives. Whether it be to fit in with the general population's zeitgeist, or creating one's own culture group, we now live in a world in which everybody can find a place where they feel like they belong. Especially with fast fashion’s cheap and quick shopping models, on top of social media doing the majority of the work for us, technology is helping us formulate our aesthetics to perfection with just a couple of clicks in a matter of hours.
So why, when we have found and solidified our own personal styles, do we care to listen to the nagging, not to mention insulting, opinions of others?
At the end of the day, no trend will truly be left in 2020. That’s impossible. And sadly, your one opinion can't do anything about it. In an already over-populated world, there are always going to be those one or two thousand who bravely refuse to listen, because they feel great about themselves when they dress the way they do. Those people will keep the torch burning for the niche, “outdated” trends until one day, they will resurface back up to the masses; most likely by the means of flowing back through the trickle-down theory process. Because as we know, the second we see a Hadid, Lopez, Gaga or Kardashian wear something modernized from 10-50 years ago on a Monday, the world explodes with copying, creating and mass producing an extremely similar product that could be on our doorstep that Friday.
In an attempt to judge others about what they find best suits their bodies, aesthetic, or confidence, the fashion industry will only contribute to the outer lying divide the world is suffering from already. Debates on 'who should wear what and why' will ultimately hurt the party of the blindsided trend lover, who in their innocence of wearing that fashion, and not wanting to conform to the masses, will then begin to question not only their own aesthetic, but their morals, personal identity, and values as well.
That may sound weird to some of you, I know. But as somebody who comes from a very athletic, PNW-dressing home: my avant-garde couture outfits are actually laughed at by my friends and family members. And trust me, it hurts. (To anybody thinking that I should just get new friends and avoid my family, well, that's way easier said than done. Trust me.) As somebody who lives in heels and thrives when dressing up in a fur coat just to go to the grocery store, it’s extremely hurtful when the reactions from my closest humans are that of “Seriously, Madison? You’re actually going to wear that?”, “Okay, really? I don’t want to have to change, I’m comfortable right now. Go fix yourself.” Or my personal favorite, “Guys... look what she's wearing now. She actually thinks this is okay!! I need to snapchat this.” *All real things that have been said to me not once, not twice, but on several occasions*. It makes us question our identities, and sadly, there have been countless times in which I’ve had to suppress myself completely; camouflaged, uncomfortable beyond repair, by wearing what they do just so I did not have to be ridiculed for my eccentric looks. And it makes me hate who I am when I feel like I can't just be myself. Lost, and outcasted, being reprimanded for loving a fashion choice should no longer be a continuous thing.
How would you feel if you were laughed at every time you walked out of your room, even though you felt so good when putting your outfit together and walking out that bedroom door?
And let's be real, here. The real trends that should be left in 2020 are any racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ+, any form of bigotry, and all attitudes represented via fashion that are found offensive or hurtful to any group of people.
As a young fashion designer applying to graduate schools, I understand that we must be super cautious of every little thing we design. At least I choose to be, as it would be my last intention to ever have another human look at my clothing and feel hurt or offended by it. I believe that our words, and our posts, should have that same vibe. With so many things going on in the fashion industry right now, we can find thousands of better things to write about than why others shouldn't dress, aka express, themselves in a certain way. Suppressing other's creative freedoms just isn't cool.
There are millions of components as to why we assemble a wardrobe the way we do.
And heres the bottom line: it’s okay if you dislike something and choose to write about it. Your kindly put opinion is valuable to not only yourself, but I’m sure to many others as well! But there’s this fine line that’s being crossed way too often by a handful of very influential bloggers, Instagram influencers, or Twitter addicts that just outright aim to be hurtful. And at the end of the day, we all need to remember that the only relevant opinion about your personal choice of dress should be your own. Anything else, to be quite honest, is irrelevant.
Who are we to dictate how others choose to express themselves?
In conclusion: any over-the-line posts about what another human shouldn't wear, or in any way demeans a human or targets a group, NEEDS to be the fashion trend that can stay forever in one of the worst years of the 21st century.