There’s a thin line between being fashionable and being appropriate–be one or the other, both if you can. Sometimes, we tend to focus more on the former aspect and altogether forget the latter. I know I’m guilty of this; what’s even worse is for me to rationalize that it’s “just this one time” and “it’s all a matter of perspective.”
Early on, I’ve been telling people that fashion is a sort of “self expression” and “artform” and I still believe it is so. However, just because it is both doesn’t mean said reasons should be used as a scapegoat so I can overdress and underdress at whim, in the most inopportune times.
It all sums up to having both ideologies meet halfway. As a sort of (but not really) portmanteau, maybe said idea can be summed up to being “fashionably appropriate.” What do you think guys? Is there such a thing?
Cardigan: Forever 21 | Printed Dress: SM Department Store | Necklace: Aldo’s | Sunglasses: Juicy Couture | Bangle: Charriol | Black Flats: H&M
As a part of my enlightenment, I’ve made a bit of a manifesto:
- Just because the front appears prim and proper doesn’t necessarily mean you have to keep the hems extremely short and the back really low.
- Cardigans are your friend.
- A bandeau bra is still a bra and it is not meant to be seen (guilty as charged).
- T-shirts are cute and they can be fashionable and flattering too.
- It’s okay to be casual sometimes, no need to dress to impress all the time (it gets too taxing sometimes).
But don’t get me wrong, just because I’m broadening my mindset doesn’t mean I’m giving up fashion altogether. Remember, fashion is relative, each one has his or her own sense of style. I will never be devoid of fashion and style, it’s a part of who I am and something I’m passionate about and I can never dismiss that.
The thing is, I love fashion because it allows me a preview of a person’s psyche and specific to me most especially, I see fashion as a tool to better understand someone. It’s basically a magnifying glass for interaction, considering I’m not the most extroverted people-person I know.
Some people can be fancy, some people can be simple. I guess it’s about time for me to see the merits of merging both concepts?
Penny for your thoughts? 🙂