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Test Your Fashion IQ | What Kind Of Fashionista Are You?

Updated on June 2, 2009

Is this you?

Or is this you?

One could argue that the overall purpose of fashion is to act as the skin of the chameleon, or the tail of the peacock. It is to create an image, an illusion, or a statement about oneself which one either feels is an expression of that which is within, or which one wishes to try to make the world believe is true.

So then fashion is either expressing yourself, tricking the world, or perhaps, just following along and hoping you get it right.

Understanding the why of fashion is just as important as understanding the how, for without understanding why one is creating an illusion, one can start to believe that the illusion is real. There are three main fashion archetypes, which one do you fall into?

Fashion Functionals

Some people eschew fashion entirely. These down to earth people wear whatever clothing comes to hand, don't spend a great deal on new clothing, and are normally more concerned with whether or not they are hot or cold than how they look. These people dress purely for function, and this is a viable and economically intelligent approach to fashion.

Where it falls down, however, is when fashion functionals interact with fashion followers. For example, an artists who wears paint stained sweatpants and a muscle t may have problems in being taken seriously by a boardroom, or a court of law.

People who have fallen into the trap of thinking that fashion reflects some kind of absolute reality often look down on fashion functionals, thinking that they are worth less, or are not as good as them.

Fashion Followers

Followers do not have the same level of awareness as illusionists. They follow the latest trends, spending copious amounts of money on whatever is in right now, and actually think that they are better than those who are not as fashionable as they. They are sometimes mistaken for fashion illusionists, because they can be dressed in similar fashions, however unlike the illusionist, who knows exactly how to dress to get a certain reaction, fashion followers simply wear whatever they are told to by the media.

Fashion Illusionists

The true fashion illusionist knows that fashion is an illusion and loves to play with various looks and styles, getting and gauging reactions from those around them. They may be provocative in their dress (think Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson), to further a particular image about themselves. Day to day fashion illusionists know how to dress for any occasion and are often quite good at manipulating the impressions others have of them.


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    • Hope Alexander profile image

      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

      My, Mr 50 Cal, you are quite the mysterious illusionist, aren't you :)

    • 50 Caliber profile image

      50 Caliber 8 years ago from Arizona

      I am an illusionist, out of need rather than play. I have only 3 or 4 illusions. I can appear in a court room to a biker or S&M party setting and fit in unnoticed as a square peg in a round room.

      I am heavily tattooed with full sleeve tattoos and wear my hair extremely long. I am able to make that persona disappear from sight and reappear at will with just a few changes in my attire.

      Now that I think about it, it is just a little fun to fool people.