As a woman (it feels weird writing woman when I still feel like a girl lol), I can put my hands up and admit that I do or have done a lot of strange things in the name of fashion. It’s something that makes me chuckle when I think about it and it also got me thinking about not just what I do, but what everyone else does to keep up with the times. I did a post similar to this a couple of years ago and thought it would be fun to put a different spin on it (if you want to read the original post, make sure to check it out here). So I’m here today with some observations I’ve made about myself and pretty much the rest of the world on the weird and wonderful things we do in the name of fashion.
People are weird, so here are a few reasons why;
Wearing uncomfortable shoes because they look good
When I think about stupid shit people (myself included) do in the name of fashion, uncomfortable shoes are definitely the top thing that comes to mind – we put our feet through utter torture to look good, which when you think about it is actually pretty ridiculous. I’ve come to an age where I’ve shunned high heeled shoes in favour of comfortable flats because it makes absolutely no sense to me to wear a pair of beautiful, but torture device like, shoes on my feet. That’s not to say all flats are comfortable, I’ve had my fair share of uncomfortable flats in my time don’t get me wrong – but I’m sure we can all agree torturing our feet is a bit mental?
Wearing bizarre/impractical underwear because it; looks pretty, hides our lumps and bumps or claims to train our bodies to morph into a desirable shape
I’m talking waist trainers, Spanx, g-strings, thongs, bralettes – why do we need to “train” our waists, or have an everlasting wedgie, boil alive wearing Spanx that’ll hide our lumps and bumps? Sometimes I get it – us girls can feel more comfortable hiding these things, but a g-string?! Come on! Nobody enjoys having a string up their arse.
Taking endless photos of our “perfect outfit”
I’m guilty of this one – being a fashion blogger entails having to take many an outfit of the day shot to upload to the ‘gram, but isn’t it mental that we all stress over getting the “perfect” shot of our perfect outfit? I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty vain and I’m not ashamed to admit that – but I do sometimes sit back and wonder whether people think there’s more to me than being that vain cow, always sharing pictures of herself and talking about how she bought this crappy dress online. There’s obviously more to me than that (shit got unintentionally deep) and I do hope that my words outweigh some of my vain ways.
Mimicking our favourite celebrities/bloggers/vloggers/models/reality stars’ style
Isn’t it crazy to think that we put these people on a pedestal and want EVERYTHING that they have? I’m all for getting some inspo from these kinds of people, but to outright copy everything they’re wearing seems excessive!
Wearing barely there clothes that don’t keep us warm
No tights in the winter?! No thank you. Wearing your jacket off the shoulders for that chic look? You’re insane. I know most of us do these things for a great picture to share online, but let’s not mistake that for ACTUALLY wearing it like that when you’re likely to get frostbite.
Wearing clothing which doesn’t serve a purpose
I’ve got a whole post dedicated to this point which you can check out here, so I won’t delve too deep into this one, but I can’t get my head around things that don’t serve a purpose. Yes it’s great to look cool, but IMO clothing needs a purpose. Leg-warmers, corset belts, see-through PVC panels, distressed knitwear, gilets – I could go on, but I’ll end it there as I think you get the gist.
Spending hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds on the latest trends to keep up with fast fashion
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten a bit wiser to the ways of how I spend money and one of my main issues over the years has been spending money on trend led clothing which will be out of fashion before you know it. Not only is it bad for your bank account, but fast fashion can wreak havoc on the environment. When you chuck out a pair of trousers that were covered in that “must-have” print from last season (darling, duck print wasn’t going to last long was it?), they may well end up in landfill because nobody in their right mind is going to buy them from you on eBay. Especially if they’ve got a huge mayonnaise stain on from that one night you went out and ended up getting covered in it in the middle of the kebab shop (no joke, I witnessed this happening in front of my very eyes).
Let me know if you’ve got any other crazy things that people do in the name of fashion in the comments below and I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Now I’m going to go and re-think my fashion choices in life and cry into the curry that I’ve ordered – because it’s payday and this girl can’t be without her celebratory curry!