The beautiful thing about fashion is that it looks like many different things to many different people. To me, fashion is what you’re most comfortable in; It’s not what the garment is, it’s how you wear it. To the person next to me, however, fashion may be defined as the latest trends and the hottest looks. I think that fashion should really be left up to the wearer to define. Textbook definitions are arbitrary, and constrict fashion to a certain taste and specific style. It shouldn’t be that way. Fashion, like any other art form, should be all about freedom of expression. The most beautiful works of art, in my opinion, come from times of self expression where the artist can create what they want. You can’t force something out of nothing.
This is where street fashion comes in to play. By definition, street fashion comes from, quite literally, the streets. It is something that cannot be mass produced and manufactured, although many current brands have tried. Those who are part of this subculture, are the reason you’re wearing that mass produced pair of distressed jeans or that overused band tee. Brands see the looks that youth are wearing and tried to profit off of our creativity. But by the time they get around to marketing it, we’ve already dropped it like it’s hot for something even wackier.
Not everyone will feel comfortable wearing avant-garde and haute couture garments, and that’s okay! By all means, feel free to wear the same embroidered jeans as everyone else. My frustration isn’t with the consumer, it’s with the industry. There are so many brand out there that are afraid to trend set, and are quite okay with following the trends. They just want to make a quick buck and move on to the next well when the old one dries up. Fast fashion takes from the street fashion community and gives zero credit, stating it was their own idea first. And they can get away with it, because we’re small voices in a giant room full of people. They don’t and probably won’t ever hear us.
Street fashion is often imitated, but never duplicated. No matter how hard you try, you can’t steal a person’s style without others knowing it’s not the real you. But we are ever evolving. I know that things I find hot one minute, are being swapped out for things I find cool the next. That’s the interesting thing about street fashion. It isn’t one specific style, and differs from person to person and place to place. No one’s taste ever stays the same, and that’s what keeps the scene alive.
So, what are your thoughts on street fashion? Are you a fashion innovator? Or are you a trend worshiper? Let me know in the comments below!