How do you view fashion in this economic downturn?
It fashion a necessity, should retailers attempt to slow down the fashion cycle so that "being in fashion" has a longer life.
I actually view fashion as I always have. While I may buy a few new items of clothing in a season, I tend to stick to items I like...not ones that are dictated as "this years". I like to be stylish with out being a puppet. Because of that, the downturn has had little impact on my shopping habits. I am not alone and it would be wise of retailers to purchase classic items for people like me
I will spend more on a well made item that will last for several years in colors that are right for me, than poorly made trendy items.
Well, call me flowerchild if you care to, but fashion (at it's very root) is art. Gotta love art.
The Industry has it's pitfalls: marketers gone wild. I think that we've been fed so much for so long that the public doesn't have a healthy appetite anymore, we're fad obese.
But they're just trying to think before the consumer thinks, as to not fall behind in a very competitive market. Ultimately, it's "who's buying?"; right now, retailers are leaning on the whims of teenagers.
Fashion, whatever the economic circumstances of the time, is just another method for the entrepreneurs to screw money out of the unthinking fashion slaves; it wouldn't do for fashion to have a 'longer life.'
I view fashion as silliness whether the economy is doing well or not. Here's a hub that I just wrote in which I list it as one of my favorite scams:
Retailers will do, by definition, whatever is necessary to sell as much stuff as possible. And since consumer spending is such a big part of our economy, the fashion cycle should be sped up during a recession. We need people to buy more than ever during bad times.
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