Fashion is a way to express yourself, to show your personality to people around you. You can use your clothing to communicate a specific message, whether it is one of confidence or rebellion. It can also be a way of showing solidarity with other groups, like when someone in a band wears their logo shirt to show support for the group. Fashion is not limited to clothes but can also include jewellery, shoes and bags. Fashion is constantly changing and developing, influenced by new trends and technologies, but also by social changes, such as attitudes towards equality and diversity.
In order for something to be considered fashionable, it must have a wide enough spread that others will follow it. This can be done consciously, for example by a designer who creates and advertises a new line of clothing. Or unconsciously, through the influence of television shows (like the bare midriffs of 90210 or the baggy jeans of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and movies, or through music and art.
You can also study fashion by watching other people, either in person or online, and trying on things that are outside of your usual comfort zone. Make notes about what you like and don’t like, especially when it comes to colors – try on a lot of different shades to see how they look on you. Once you have an idea of the style you are going for, start shopping. Look for pieces that fit into your color comfort zone and also experiment with styles that aren’t, but only if they aren’t too expensive or too far out of the current norm.