I Believe In Fashion

Elizabeth - Ghent, New York
Entered on November 13, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in fashion. I explored this belief between ballet classes sometime last year, my friends and I were sitting on the floor eating in the waiting room and discussing whether or not brown was still the new black. I was convinced that brown being the new black was soooooo last year but Ashley and Lizzie were positive that it still was the new black.

I leaned back on my elbows and stretched my legs out to the side so I could roll into a split. Doing this I noticed Jane, one of the girls in our class quietly eating her sandwich on one of the chairs, “Hey Jane,” I said in attempt to include her, “Don’t you agree that brown being the new black was like, so last year?” Jane put down her sandwich and put up her finger to signal that she had to finish eating.

When she finally swallowed she answered quietly, “I don’t pay attention to fashion, I feel it is a distraction from the things that should be noticed more in the world like global warming.” Hearing this, Ashley and Lizzie turned their backs, obviously offended that she felt that way about fashion, and started talking about the new Hollister coming to the Berkshire Mall. I, instead of getting offended, leaned down on my elbows and cupped my hands under my chin thoughtfully. Could Jane be right? Is fashion really that much of a distraction from the real problems in the world? I decided to ignore the thought and folded out of my split into a normal sitting position to join in on the Berkshire mall talk.

I haven’t thought of that conversation until now, it has taken me a year but I have come to a conclusion. Jane was wrong. Wasn’t she the one wearing Aeropostale sweat pants and an old Nutcracker t-shirt when we were talking, just a little more then a year ago? It doesn’t matter where she got them, Salvation Army, Aeropostale or a hand me down, it was still her style. I noticed she never wore anything preppy, like polo’s, instead sweats and t-shirts were her almost everyday outfit. But that was her own fashion! All her.

Fashion can be based on what everyone tends to be wearing lately, mostly on the hottest movie star, but it is also what you prefer to wear. Fashion reveals who you are, it is a way of portraying your character. People in this world that believe that fashion is a waste of time and that the world would be a better place without it? Well, hate to break it to you, but without fashion, I would be wearing a potato sack right now. No matter what you wear, you are always reveling who you are and making a statement, even if you’re wearing a potato sack. I believe that fashion should be more appreciated because it is not something to be taken for granted. That is why I believe in fashion.