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Effects of Fashion: How the Fashion Industry Affects People

Updated on February 29, 2020
Fashion is painful, both for individuality and for the pocketbook.
Fashion is painful, both for individuality and for the pocketbook.

Style vs. Age

Besides the whole weight issue, what’s up with teenagers thinking they’re stylish? Originality went out the door years ago, that’s why A&F is so popular. We won’t even get into the entire problem of labeling your child with brand names from a young age to give them a false sense of popularity, let’s just focus on this whole age thing.

In my not-so-humble opinion, style is partially natural and partially learned. The learned part comes in where a person grows and matures, becomes a bit more cultured, and jumps the hurdle from outside influence to personal comfort. This kind of learning only comes with age, folks. This is not to say you won’t find kids all over the country/world who have adopted a style that suits and flatters their awkward teenage forms, but the overwhelming majority of youngsters today choose the easy route with a high profile designer tag.

Style vs. Weight

Check out your supermarket magazine racks. You see all those style magazines? Cosmo, Vogue, Allure, Glamour, Vanity Fair, the list goes on. What do all of these magazines have in common?

Aside from regurgitating the same concepts over and over, they're geared toward stick figures. Women with no excess pounds, no hips, nothing-on top, and supposedly they're the prime examples of style and beauty. Get real! I mean it. A real woman is soft, by virtue of being female, and is far more attractive, on the whole, if she has a bit of substance to her body.

So don't tell me a larger lady doesn't have style. What we do have is fewer comfortable options for clothing that looks good.

The truth: The Fashion Industry is Style by Submission

To be beautiful, you must be thin and around five foot eight.

To be stylish, you must spend lots of money and wear only the top name brands.

To be popular, you must be stylish AND beautiful. Personality does not particularly matter, and neither does how much you care about people, places, or things.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm rather glad I'm not popular, stylish, or beautiful. At least I'm mostly happy and comfortable, and have money saved in the bank. Take that, GAP!

Do you think the fashion industry harms it's models?

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      9 years ago

      This is a really good little section, I'm definitely using it on my research APA paper and of course I'll cite it .

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      10 years ago

      Pretty Awsome pic... and yeah i agree i am 15 and think that i am pretty fat and ugly when i look at all those maagasines! like say now i want a perfect guy like justin bieber. aaaaawh!! I love him!!

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      11 years ago

      i'm also fashionable but i can be fashionate even i'm not spending a lot of money!!!say niu?

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      Size Zero 

      11 years ago

      I think that it is wrong to pigeonhole teenagers in that we haven't lived long enough to create our own style - surely the beauty of being a tenager is that you are young enough to try out any style, so it is the age when you can develop that :), that is what i've found.

      Developing that style is not neccessarily buying "topname brands" as you so elequently put it; charity shops, markets, the high street are all places with hidden jewels :D you know when you see something that just says 'wear me!'

      I really disagree with the size zero trend that is currently so much debated, but you shouldnt automatically assume that anyone who is of this "size zero" is unnatural, starves themselves and so on - but beauty is not in the size, it is in making the most of what you've got :) loving yourself no matter what shape and size. Sure, i would like a bit more on the hips, but i don't have it so i live with it, work with what i have, dress for my shape. But being thin and tall is as stupid a reason to be prosecuted as being short and fat or curvy.

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      11 years ago

      hi!!i am from Mauritius..We youngsters here enjoy all what is latest,and most of us adore EMO hairstyle and clothes..but its true that we do care for our own personality and maintain you all.thanks!

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      11 years ago is rather comments now..

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      sharnie :) 

      11 years ago

      i'm a teenager and i agree with everything you say... i'm 15 and i know soooo many people who try to be somthing thier not to be popular most people i know are FAKE, and everyone get judged by the way they look, i'm sick of being looked down on becuase i'm apparently SCENE..i'm sick of being called all sorts because of the way i look/dress/ the music i listen to. people neeed to get a hold and learn to be more open minded.

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      Betty Jo Petty 

      13 years ago from Arkansas, U.S.A.

      Really good hub. Funny picture! Well, kinda gruesome...

      I had been thinking of writing something along this line myself. I remember being skinny as a teenager. Having three kids starting at thirty took care of that.

      Skinny is not healthy! (Of course, neither is my Fat B---, well, nevermind!

      Healthy is important. Watch what you eat, kids.

      I was looking for poems, and will read more. Good writing! Betty Jo

      No, I don't really look like the cat. bj

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      13 years ago from USA

      "I don't know about anyone else, but I'm rather glad I'm not popular, stylish, or beautiful. At least I'm mostly happy and comfortable, and have money saved in the bank. Take that, GAP!"

      Hear, hear!

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      13 years ago from Georgia

      That's a gruesome picture! I love it! Ha

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      Just Surfed In 

      13 years ago

      WHOOHOO! Did someone write The Politics of Style.?> If not, you can do it.

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      Olive S. 

      13 years ago

      Woooo! Gamegirl, you're off to a good start!

      pic. is very pretty.


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