You probably wouldn’t be reading YLF if you weren’t interested in fashion and personal style. For people like us, a grooming routine is more than just taking a daily shower, and our reasons for getting dressed extend beyond the need to cover our bodies in a practical and comfortable way. We expend the effort to present ourselves to the world in an appealing and fashionable manner for all sorts of reasons. Yours might be different to mine, but I can think of seven.
APPRECIATION OF AESTHETICS
I’m a very visual person and almost studied Fine Art after graduating from high school. My world is a happier place when I am surrounded by what I perceive to be beautiful design. From the interior of our home, the crockery that I choose, and the way I present food on a plate, right up to the way gifts are wrapped.
A SOURCE OF SELF ESTEEM
Generally, you feel good when you look good. Dressing well can boost your confidence in a very real way, which in turn can make you more effective and dynamic in a work and social setting. Wearing the right outfit can make you feel authoritative, powerful, approachable, or attractive.
FASHION AS SPECTATOR SPORT
I love following trends at designer shows and at retail. I’m fascinated by how trends start on the catwalks or on the street, and how they filter down to retail. I’m curious to compare retail fashion with street fashion. I’m fascinated by the power that we as consumers have to keep a trend alive, despite them being off-trend. I also enjoy seeing trends repeat themselves as the decades go by. It’s like a sport to me, and definitely as much a leisure activity as it is part of my job.