Thursday, 9 May 2019

JUST BECAUSE I STUDY FASHION IT DOESN'T MEAN...


I’m a girly girl

If anything, my style is very mixed, some days it's band shirts, ripped jeans and Vans, the next it's feminine dresses and heeled sandals, with a lot of mixed grey area in between. It's fun and I don't dare describe my style these days because I don't know what it is (although right now it's 'Whatever's comfortable and will make me push on with the final weeks of uni').

The exciting thing about fashion is that it's given me the freedom to be a few different people, studying it isn't just for the feminine folk, it's for anyone and everyone who sees past the stereotype, works hard and wants to enjoy the industry as a whole.

When I was beginning to really enjoy fashion, I still felt confused and unsure whether I could fit in when I different interests. I like alternative music, I'm still finding my feel with beauty products and I didn't spend every wage packet on something designer. But then I found Victoria Magrath from INTHEFROW, she looks like a super girly girl, but she has tattoos and loves pop-punk and much as I. We're not all we appear to be on the surface and it shows there's room for everyone
I’m stuck up

Those who work in fashion often are stereotyped as a stuck up, snooty bunch who turn their noses up at those who aren’t wearing the latest trends or aren’t all that interested in fashion as a whole. And yeah, for some that may be completely true, but for most it’s rubbish - complete and utter rubbish. We’re normal people trying to make our way in an industry we love. 

I’m one of the most down to earth and chill people you could wish to meet, there’s no superior air with me, because we’re all the same and I don’t have time for those who think otherwise.

If anything, we embrace all fashions and individuality, because what’s not to embrace about that? Without a tonne of tastes to cater to, fashion wouldn’t be what it is today. 

Not everyone is like you see in The Devil Wears Prada.
I’m superficial

It’s true, fashion and being ‘trendy’ isn’t the be all and end all of life, and I’m not claiming it is. I can look beyond the industry and I know that there’s more to it that just pretty clothes.

On the outside we all may seem shallow, it’s understandable why some may think that, but there’s more to it - and us - than that. We know the importance of clothing on the world, we all wear it, and there’s really no getting around it. 

Miranda really had a valid point when she dumbed down fashion for Andy.

I don’t dress to ‘fit in’ (even if I do actually fit in by being a basic bitch), I dress in what I like, what interests me, what expresses me and my mood on a particular day, because dressing like a carbon copy of every other student in my age range is not my kinda thing. But good for you if it is! 

A few years back I wrote about how important shoes can be on a persons life, and particularly to me, and it still very much stands.
I’m skinny

This one is more of an obvious one, for those who have seen me (and seriously, there’s a tonne of picture in this post to prove my point) you’ll know I’m no Slim Jim. Yeah, common misconceptions say that if you’re into fashion, you’re mostly all of the above and you’re a slender, tall and beautiful woman. Well, firstly, if you’re thinking everyone but a tonne of designers and models are women, then you’re very mistaken. Secondly, the whole skinny thing isn’t true. At all.

The fact of matter is this, the industry professionals we’re usually exposed to are models, influencers and socialites that have the slimmest of figures and sporting the big name designers (or more commonly, the up and coming ones), so that way of thinking is justified…just about.

I’ll be honest and hold my hand up to say that once upon a time I thought that too, in fact I thought all of the above points, but once you start looking at all of the roles in the industry and how multi-directional it is, you’ll be quick to change around your way of thinking. The marketeers, writers, graphic designers, stylists, photographers, students, event co-ordinators etc aren’t all a UK size 2, working in their Dior gowns and barking at people. 

The ultimate point I’m trying to make throughout all of this stress and indignance, whilst trying to quell the stereotypes and the disregard at those pursuing careers in the fashion industry, is that they’re people just like you. Most of them look like you, eat like you, breathe like you and go about their business like you, some of them may have a different lifestyle to you but we’re all just the same and the industry is full of normal people just like any other normal industry and from all backgrounds and walks of life.

There’s a tonne of stereotypes for fashion workers, or those studying one of its many facets, but don’t take them on face value because most of them are a bunch of lame, and cranky, BS. Maybe I feel more passionately about this than I first thought, but hearing the same old-same old rubbish that people spout about us lot? B-O-R-I-N-G.

One thing that I’ve noticed from the fashion department at my uni though is everyone listens to bloody awful music. That’s my one fashion stereotype.
What do you think about all of this? Are you prone to thinking in stereotypes? Do you agree or disagree with what I've said? I'd love to her your feedback.

S xo
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