The evolution of style

Take a gander into what has influenced the way that we have dressed over the years

If you walk into your high school you will find styles that really can’t be stuck into one category. Not everyone is the same with their style of clothing. It is not a coincidence that many of the people that correspond to these styles share similar characteristics.

Julia Twigg (Clothing, Identity, and the embodiment of age) states that clothing is, “… a means whereby people send messages about themselves.” In the past we have had pinstripes and fedoras suggesting a more formal form of dressing than what is normally worn today. Years later (expression) came in ripped shirtsleeves and tight jeans. Now, recently  layers with large glasses and comfortable pants represent the hipster ideals of originality and nonconformity. Take someone with a brighter personality. That person may be more inclined to wear brighter or colourful clothing. These people may be friends with a group of bright people. This could lead to a group of happier people with “happier” clothing.

Like-expression seem to flock together, style seems to be moving into a more group oriented form of expression. One of the reasons for this can be that teens are looking for a way to feel more accepted in a group.

Each person wears a team uniform to show that they are part of that particular team. So, groups of teenagers may start wearing clothing that will show a form of group personality.

Psychology Today states “When adolescents copy their friends’ outfits, it’s not just about clothes.  By dressing the same way, speaking the same way, and adopting their friends’ mannerisms, they are actually expressing something complicated about their own developing self esteem.” But what’s next?

The future styles will grow increasingly complex as our society becomes more open minded to the unique characteristics of an individual. Examples of this are, society accepting new ideas outside of the social norm. Dubstep music is a prime example of this.

As teenagers begin to feel more comfortable from the increased openness toward style and expression, group oriented clothing will disappear. Evidence of this can be the nonconformist ideas growing in teenagers today.

Another thing that shows the push for the overall acceptance with teens is the fight against bullying. Now, it’s looked down upon in schools to bully someone for how they are. If the bullying disappears so will the barriers preventing expression.

But what if the bullies don’t disappear? If that happens there may be a bigger push towards group oriented style. Teens will be looking for a form of expression but they will still feel like they will need to fit in. This will create more specific cliques that will have a more specific “personality.”