Ten Reasons to Love Fashion

Source – Vogue Magazine April 2012

The only closet essential now is a healthy sense of self. It’s a great time for women who love fashion. – Vogue Magazine, January 2012

It’s easy to love to hate fashion.  It’s completely superficial and filled with people so unpleasant that movies are made around how awful they are. There are certainly negative aspects to the fashion industry. Issues like young girls becoming anorexic due to the unrealistic aesthetics of the media and the ecological fall out from apparel and textile manufacturing are certainly a problem.  Still, I love fashion.  I love it so much I have spent most of my life designing, sketching, reading, watching, shopping for and obsessing over clothing and trends. Instead of dwelling on the unpleasant aspects of the fashion world I thought it would be fun to find some positive things about this aspect of life that I love so much. Here are ten things I love about fashion, clothing and style.

  1. The clothing we wear is often our most powerful and obvious form of personal expression. What we choose to wear tells everyone what type of person we are and what we think of ourself.
  2. Clothing covers our bodies, protects us from the elements and keeps us warm.  Fashionable clothing does so in style.
  3. Fashion shows are an entertaining spectacle unlike any other kind of performance art.
  4. Fashion boosts the economy and creates jobs for a huge number of people, from the designer who sketches the original concepts, to the outfitter who manufactures the clothing, to the salesperson who sells the garment to us.
  5. Whether I shop online, at a department store, small boutique or thrift store, finding new clothes is fun.  I love welcoming new items into my wardrobe, wearing them, and delighting in how they update everything else in my closet.
  6. Shopping malls offer safe, pleasant and free (except for parking fees) community centers where people congregate and enjoy themselves.
  7. Window shopping is a fun way to get new ideas and become inspired.  Best yet, it’s free!
  8.  Apparel is reusable and recyclable.
  9.  Fashion is cyclical.  If you hold on to something for long enough it will go from being fashionable, to being a bit out, to being really dated, to being in fashion again. (If you didn’t see it before, check out my 20 year old Norma kamali suit that I recently removed from the attic and placed back in my closet.) If you invest in good quality clothing you can conceivably wear them for many decades.
  10. Fashion photography is a gorgeous art form and you don’t have to go to a museum to see it, just pick up a Vogue magazine for your daily dose of visual inspiration.  The photo, above, is from the April 2012 issue.

How do you feel about fashion?  Do you agree or disagree with my list?  What would you add to it? Let me know in the comments!  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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27 Responses to Ten Reasons to Love Fashion

  1. Sharon March 31, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    How awesome is this post!! I couldn’t agree more with all your reasons. I am going to have to stop by later and see what others have added to your list because, I have nothing 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca April 1, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      I would love to see some more points, but so far everyone like’s what I’ve come up with.

  2. SACRAMENTO March 31, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I couldn´t agree more with all your points, Heather.
    Wonderful post.

  3. Madison
    March 31, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Interesting post! Fashion definitely has its negative and positive elements, but I’ll take the positive. I agree with this list, especially about how fashion can be recycled, and it repeating itself, thus making old fashions come alive again. I have many items given to me by my grands that I wear and cherish dearly. timeless treasures that were once very fashionable, then not too fashion, later becoming even more fashionable. Fashion affects everyone! Have a great weekend Heather. 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca April 1, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      I also like to focus on the positive, in all aspects of life. I love the things I’ve been handed down from other generations. They are now truly treasures.

  4. Alexis Grace March 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    I think you can find negative anywhere— and frankly fashion enhances more then it diminishes— and THAT is my focus!
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  5. DressCode:HighFashion
    March 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Fashion creates beauty and beauty needs no justification. Period. That`s why I don`t discuss with people who hate on fashion. They are either barbarians without a sense for beauty or people who gave up on themselves (sometimes both…).

    Oh that Tim Walker editorial with Kate is divine!

    Hope you`re having a nice weekend.

    Love, Jen
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    • Heather Fonseca April 1, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      You put it so well! I loved every shot of Kate Moss in the new vogue, but I thought that photo really says it all when it comes to fashion. How much would I love to be surrounded by all those boxes!

  6. Sylvia
    March 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Great article Heather. Most of all clothing makes me happy. If I feel good about the way I look, I’m more confident and happier! It’s my favorite form of self expression and it’s so creative!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 1, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      Yes I agree Sylvia. Clothing makes me happy too.

  7. Stacey - Total City Girl
    April 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    I definitely agree that it’s fun to wear new clothes!! Nowadays I really don’t like to shop myself. I just don’t find it fun. Once in a while when I am out for someone else, I do find things for myself. I really love to shop for my girls. Children’s clothing is so fun – like there are no rules. Love that!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 2, 2012 at 8:28 am #

      It is fun to buy clothes for kids too, especially when they like to get dressed up.

  8. Justfab Gal April 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    LOL I love that photo! Great post too by the way. I’ll have to send this to my husband who does not appreciate my fashion sensibility one bit!
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    • Heather Fonseca April 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Thanks! I’m so glad you liked the article.

  9. anne aka SpyGirl
    April 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    A great list.

    Maybe can add it’s become a spectator sport, with Project Runway et al?
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  10. Jack E. Glidewell April 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    The most important thing to remember is that fashion is fun, don’t get caught up in the silliness of trying to keep up with trends, wear what suits you, what fits you, and what makes you happy!
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  11. David A. Whittaker April 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    I’m thinking of going into Fashion Photography as my diversion. I enrolled myself in a Photography class, which will start in a few weeks, to enhance my skills in taking photos. Hopefully I’ll master the skill and make it as my career. Cheers!
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  12. Patricia Streeter
    April 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    I agree with all your points. Fashion is the ultimate form of expression and is recycable. Plus, I’ve seen some beautiful photography on W, Baazar, Elle, and Glamour.
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    • Heather Fonseca April 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

      I’m so glad you like my post. It was fun to write!

  13. Dorothy March 14, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    This looks very nice! I love the design. Looks very comfirtable. Thank you for sharing this!

  14. Mary from Gipsy Dharma August 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Great list! Fun and informative I couldn’t find any fault with any of the reasons given.

    • Heather Fonseca August 26, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Mary. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I’m glad you like the post.

  15. vito andolini February 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    Some nice reasons mentioned.. There are many more! Fashion is to love 😀
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    • Heather Fonseca February 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

      I agree Vito, fashion is to love! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment too.

  16. valerie June 20, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    Thanks for the posting. Agree totally..Liked it.