Are you one to worry about others? When you’re not in front of the ice, are you on the phone discussing your new clothes with your friends? Nowadays, many young people dress not for themselves but especially for others. Physical appearance is a very important element in young people’s lives. They must make a good impression to be accepted by groups of trendy friends. This constant desire to integrate and want to be noticed by all, derives from superficiality.
Some of them are between 11 to 13 years old and already wear a belly button vest or often have a jewel in their pierced navel, tattoos on the body, super low waist jeans, abundant makeup and heeled shoes that give them a provocative swaying. They are still old enough to ‘play the madam or the handsome kid’ but play it for real. The consumption of clothing or fashion accessories is more and more important for some teens. The dress style has become today a means of expression and integration by the youth.
“Tell me how you get dressed, I’ll tell you who you are”
Despite the benefits it presents, it also has dangers … So, is the style of clothing a translation or betrayal of oneself?
This is the philosophy of most young people. These are constantly judged by their physical appearance. To avoid exclusion, we must blend into the group, belong to a tribe, as it is said … young people get caught up in this world of fashion where most of the time the prejudices reign supreme. In colleges, a student may be rejected by his classmates because he is clearly not in the game. “It’s better not to mess with the nerds,” they say. Not wanting to be criticized by those around them, young people prefer to follow the trend and wear clothes like the others, which ultimately do not always match them.
By being too worn out and wanting to be like others, in the end we become what we are shown instead of being one. Certainly in today’s society, it is not always obvious when you are young to assume your own vision of things or to assume a different style of clothing than others or to look for your own style, for fear of to be rejected by others.
If fashion brings to young people, even with some reservations, it can also have more negative consequences. In the first place, fashion can create tensions within the family. For example, if the teenager adopts a “babacool” or a “Gothic” style, it can be very displeasing to parents who will in turn seek to impose their authority. These tensions can range from simple verbal exchanges to attitudes of family breakdown.
Wanting to follow the fashion sometimes causes small damages, such as applying, for example, the fashion of smooth and curly hair at the risk of burning his hair, or use cosmetics not compatible with acne that develops then even more … But sometimes the consequences can be more dramatic. Model tops or stars convey to young girls, a cult of slimming unrealistic that illustrates this point. Young people can deprive themselves of food or follow drastic diets to conform to this image, until suffering from anorexia with repercussions on their growth, even on their lifestyle. In addition, this concern can create discomfort, become obsessive, and therefore have consequences for mental health.