What is fashion, and what is style? That’s a question that I’ve more or less asked myself ever since starting this post. Often times, people like to associate “style” with how prestige an item is, or how esthetic it appears. But really, value, as well as beauty, are in the eye of the beholder. One shirt may look stunning to me and worth $100, but to someone else, it may look plain enough to only spend $20. Personally, I grew up accustomed to shopping in large department stores such as Forever 21. For my entire High School life, I’ve tried to find my own style and clothing that fits me. The majority of my purchases never survived the stand of time, and either deteriorated or got tossed to the back of my closet, never to be worn again. It wasn’t until last year, that I really changed my mindset regarding purchases: there is no point in buying a $20 shirt that I will wear once. Instead, I would rather spend $100 on a shirt that I will feel confident in and wear multiple times. Those $20’s add up, and in the end, I am not receiving nearly as much utility as I would if I had just bought what I actually wanted.
Of course, this is all a privilege. Many people don’t have the luxury to buy what they want, nor have the means to purchase enough items to find their style. In the end, I think that your own style is whatever makes you feel confident. There is no better or worse, and more expensive does not always equal better quality or more utility.