Aliza McAndrew is a sophomore at Burlington County Community College. She is a fashion merchandising major with a focus in marketing and social media. She is part of the fashion design club at her college and is the former head of twitter for Temple University’s Honors Program. Aliza hopes to transfer next year and move to the city to pursue her degree further.
As individuals, we each find our own way to express ourselves. Some people choose music, some art, some may choose not to express themselves, but we all unknowingly express ourselves through fashion. Whether the choice is conscious or not, we all choose an outfit each morning to present ourselves to the world in. Many people blow off fashion and think it is an indulgence or unimportant, but in reality presenting yourself properly is vital to successful first impressions.
As humans we subconsciously judge people based on their looks which is what makes looking your best so important. There is an old saying that says, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” When moving up in your field, it is not only important to be on time and work hard, but you have to look the part. No one will take you seriously if you don’t dress like someone who demands respect. You don’t see CEOs showing up to work in sweatpants do you? As another saying goes, “dress for success”!
Fashion is also an amazing creative outlet. You have the biggest say in what you wear, which makes fashion a great way to show off who you are. There are thousands upon thousands of places to shop that house many different brands and designers to fit each person’s individual style. If you want to only wear black, you have that option. Only want to wear hot pink and cheetah print? Some store out there sells that. And the best part about fashion, if you can’t find something you like, you can create it.
Fashion design is an art form in it self. There is so much room for creativity between the original sketch to the finished product. Whether you just like to draw or sew, or like both, there is some where in the fashion design field for you. Even if you can’t do either but you love fashion, you could become a stylist. Styling clothes allows much creative freedom. No matter what part of fashion you look at, you can find some way to show off your creativity and individuality.
Retail is a huge industry in America, which much of retail focused on fashion or some subset of it. There are entire malls of stores and clothing sites run rampant on the internet. Fashion is everywhere, whether you notice it or not. And while many choose not to focus on it in their day-to-day lives, it still affects each and every one of us. So next time you go to just throw on an outfit, stop and think. Ask yourself, is this how I want to present myself? What does this outfit say about me? You never know, you just may change your mind about what you were about to put on. Let the way you dress speak for you.