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Viking Vogue, Week 1: Why fashion matters, every single day

By Mallory Frankel

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It’s no secret that I have a passion for fashion, to use the cliché.  I’m interested in how my peers dress and what the latest styles are.  That’s why every week I’ll write about the trends and fashions that appeal to my fellow students.

One of my favorite designers, Alexander Wang, once said, “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are most intriguing.”

It’s as if he took the words out of my mouth.

I often find myself wishing my fellow students took more pride in how they dress every day.  I love creating outfits for my family, my friends and myself, but I understand not everyone feels the same way. Just please, no more sweatpants.

Besides, dressing up should be fun. It’s important to look presentable in the school environment.  It’s not just your fellow students who have to look at you.  Teachers, counselors, the lunch ladies and the principal also notice how you present yourself.  If you would dress nicely for a date or a job interview, why wouldn’t you at least put some effort into dressing for school?

Like singing, dancing or painting, fashion is a form of self-expression.  Think of any of your favorite TV shows; the characters dress to reflect their personalities.  So what do your clothes say about your personality?  If you shop at Gamine or preppy stores like J. Crew or Madewell, it could mean you enjoy classic fashion styles.  If you prefer more of a bohemian or eclectic style, there’s a good chance it’s relevant to how you live your life.

Fashion is one of the oldest arts, and one that’s continuously evolving.  Yet at the same time, it’s always reliable.  While technology changes, fashion is always here.  Whether it’s bell-bottoms or shoulder pads, it’ll always be what clothes we cover ourselves with.

In the words of Coco Chanel: “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”


7 Responses to “Viking Vogue, Week 1: Why fashion matters, every single day”

  1. anonymous on March 16th, 2011 7:40 am

    I think it would be good to take into account that not everyone can afford to dress how they want to or that some people feel that their clothes shouldn’t define who they are and that people shouldn’t just judge them by their appearance.

  2. bad on March 17th, 2011 1:45 am

    this is preaching stupid stereotypes.
    Why must it matter what we wear to school and try to impress our peers with our style? We should be worried about impressing them with our attitude and not be vein as to care so much about appearence

  3. Mr. Shoe on March 17th, 2011 10:09 am

    Well I think I dress pretty well, and I buy virtually all my clothes at really cheap thrift stores. And certain people don’t like to dress well or pay attention to their outfits. Its up to the person I just think that it reflects well on me from a foreign persons viewpoint if I look good. And it helps define me as a person, whereas wearing sweat pants advertising a sports team doesn’t do quite the same thing.

    P.S. Mrs. Frankel has killa style

  4. You go girl. on March 22nd, 2011 7:59 pm

    It’s not just about impressing your peers; it’s about impressing yourself. Nothing beats the rush you get from looking in the mirror and loving what you see. Dressing up is about more than just superficial clothing. With it comes self assurance and a certain sass you get that you don’t have in sweatpants and UGG boots. So I agree with Ms. Frankel when she says that clothes are one of the most reliable things in our lives. If you let them, they have the power to get you out of whatever hole you’re in and make you feel truly fabulous.

  5. good on March 22nd, 2011 10:22 pm

    It’s important to remember that this is a blog about fashion, an art form. Just like any art critic, the author is entitled to her own opinion and stance on a topic. Not everyone can afford Picasso’s paintings, yet people still admire them for both their aesthetic quality and their deeper meanings. So, there is no vanity in asserting that sweatpants lack a certain flare. Whether or not you buy a million dollar Picasso painting or a laminated three dollar Picasso poster makes no difference as long as it conveys a meaning. Well done, Ms. Frankel.

  6. Irrelevant on March 23rd, 2011 12:22 am

    My sweatpants are the only thing that fit…

  7. Karen Smith on December 14th, 2012 4:02 pm