Opinion: Fashion is an empowering tool for everyone | Opinion
My childhood was a mirage of plaid skirts and jumpers, white collared shirts and knee-high socks. Heck, I even owned a matching plaid scrunchie.
I attended elementary school and high school in an institution with uniforms. So I spent 13 years not thinking about what to wear every day.
Imagine my panic when I entered college.
As I pondered what to wear for my freshman year, I remembered my sister telling me I needed to stop wearing T-shirts. Don’t you have a T-shirt? These were my only safe options. what else should i have done?
I think I had a total of two shirts that I didn’t get for free at a high school event. So I spent that summer scouring the clearance section to build a wardrobe that didn’t make me feel like a total cheater.
The abominable uniform was also nostalgic. I craved that comfort in my own skin and missed not caring what other people thought of my clothes.
We may be living in the 21st century, but ’90s movies set in high school gave me an unshakable fear that clothing was a sign of status. I didn’t know, so I felt that I had no choice but to settle for the role of a young lady in an oversized T-shirt and leggings.
I wondered why I should dress so well if the end result would be the same.
I finally found something I can boost. It didn’t matter if I dressed well or badly.
In case it’s not clear, this was just a pretense to me. I hated that all my clothes looked like hand-me-downs.
I had to encourage myself. I was defeated by the inanimate cloth. I had to be smarter than cloth.
This is when I discovered the magic of matching clothes. Not the way it used to be, but in a slightly higher way. It turns out that I like the look of just two outfits. A red shirt and red shoes look pretty casual, but I wear jean shorts to break it down. She looked pretty put together in a white tank top with green accents and green shorts.
I learned the power of clothes here. It’s a tool for everyone, not just models and social media gurus.
First, clothes are an easy way to boost your self-esteem. please think about it. It feels different to be in a prom dress or tuxedo than to be in old sweatpants and her tattered T-her shirt on the couch eating her Cheetos.a study We discovered that the clothes we wear can affect cognitive function by enhancing abstract thinking.
Clothing is important. In the midst of the pandemic, having nothing to dress up with was difficult, so people made their own special occasions and went gaudy, some even enjoying classy dinners at Zoom. You know I wore a floor-length dress when my sister got married via video call.
Clothing also serves as a means of communication to some extent. There’s a saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you’re doing.” Culturally, different outfits are appropriate for different occasions.
Potential employers will know you are serious if you show up to a job interview wearing a blazer. I interpret it as something that leads to a job at
Outfit-to-intention transformation can occur when many reasonsMy interpretation is that formal clothes are often more expensive and difficult to launder, so they can show commitment to a cause, composure, or even status.
However, there are limits to what can be conveyed through clothes. Clothing is never consensual, and what someone wears does not invite romantic attraction or objective commentary.
Coming back to expressions, we all know that clothes are an extension of our personality. Basically, we are different people, so what I wear should be different from what other people wear.
For example, I currently like button-up shirts with a dad vibe. At the Huskers game on Saturday, I saw a guy wearing a red and white hawaiian shirt, so I turned to his roommate, pointed to the shirt, and said, “I need it.”
However, some people can take off their form-fitting crop tops or tennis skirts, but I own neither. Most importantly, I can’t stand how they make me feel. I feel like I’m impersonating or wearing a costume. It doesn’t suit me at all, and that’s fine.
I’ve been told that grooming takes too much time, effort, and money to become as useful a tool as you think you are. My favorite shirt is at Goodwill for $4 and I just wear it for the weather. The temperature is hot so I wear a tank top, but the breeze is chilly so I need a jacket. On days when I feel too dressed up, I follow the matching rules. It’s easy to make the dressing manageable, and the benefits are worth it.
It doesn’t have to look good in the traditional sense. The key is to feel confident and comfortable in your clothes. It can change your body language.I think we can all agree that confidence and confidence are attractive.
Sometimes I look back at pictures of myself in my favorite clothes when I was younger and cringe a little, but I have to stop myself. I know it felt like a million bucks when I wore the matching dress and headband.
Rylee Gregg is a sophomore English and Spanish double major.contact her [email protected].