ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

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

    • 50 Caliber profile image

      50 Caliber 

      9 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.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)