January 8, 2012

Fashion & Necessity

Mr. S and I were having a discussion on the fur topic again. This after I had posted about my vintage fur collar. He brought up a question that I found rather intriguing. "Is fashion a necessity?" He promptly said no and I stood there thinking for a moment. The next day I thought about it some more.

At first I thought, "No. Fashion is not a necessity." But as I've thought about it more and more, I'm not so sure that saying "No" is quite right. My first thought about saying "yes" dealt with matters of attraction. What I mean is, the way in which you attract a mate/companion. Initially, you have to admit, it is based on appearance. Whether someone is attractive to you and not to someone else, is, of course, personal taste, and that's what makes it so exciting. Right? Now, you might be thinking, "This is rather silly. Who cares about attraction?" Well if you are attracting a mate, who is of the opposite sex, and then you get married, based off of that initial attraction plus getting to know each other and falling in love, then its possible that you'll have children. Having children is a big deal, at least in my book. If nothing else, it means the survival of our species - and I do realize that many have varying views on the survival of our species (even the overpopulation of our species), which is a discussion for another time. Still, the point being that fashion and attraction levels of who we are and how we wear things links into our chemistry in such a way that it can hardly be ignored and is perhaps a platform for saying that there might be a little more to fashion and necessity than what immediately meets the eye. What do you think?

A favorite blogger of mine - Kristin - has this posted in her profile:
"Form/Function. Line/Curve. Safe/Risk. Art/Craft. Body/Mind. Fashion intersects these. It's how we express what is popular in what is personal. It's where intellect debates sex; where soft and hard duke it out. So much mystery underpins beautiful things. So much confidence rests upon them. Discuss."

I don't know what its like where you live, but where I live and have grown up fashion and style are considered to be much less worthy pursuits than what is more widely recognized as intellectual arts. I believe, there is so much more to fashion than just saying its for those who take an interest in beautiful things and its definitely not for the silly, superficial or dumb. As Kristin states, so much confidence rests upon them. Truer words could not be spoken. It's not easy being green  - possibly meaning its not as easy as you might think to stand out in a crowd, to wear bright colors, to always be the "well-dressed" one. Crazy enough, I feel that these thoughts give fashion a necessity, at least in my life. It's necessary for me to be creative and at this moment in life, fashion presents itself in a most appealing way to me, intertwining with my passion for sewing in such a way I cannot ignore it. Rather, I feed on it.

I ask you, "Is fashion a necessity?" Discuss.

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