Friday, 7 August 2020

WHAT IS FASHION? FASHION IS WHAT I SAY IT IS. THE WORLD IS MY RUNWAY.

What is fashion?
Image by Melody Jacob
                                    
Do you sometimes conjure few pieces of clothing together and deeply appreciate your creativity but you know that you are not bold enough to step out of your bedroom wearing your creation? I've been there. Or more like, I go there every time. I always wonder, who determines how we dress? Who dictates what the appropriate color combination is and what shoes to wear with what? Who defines our ever dynamic fashion moral compass?

I have been intrigued by fashion since I was a little girl. My mum wore heels that went on for days, I would try them on and walk around the house just like my mum. My sister and I would paint our nails with ink from red gel pens and rub it off before mum could see it. I was quick to start wearing lipstick, little did I know that my lipstick application was as good as sticking an extra lip on my lips. Of course, we eventually outgrew the sad lip part.

I find clothing and accessorizing the most intriguing part of fashion. I live to see and copy how models catwalk in baggy culottes with baggy sweaters, sleek summer dresses, evening wears, and I live especially to see how models combine their colors and styles on the runway. I aspire to imitate modeled fashion, this does not always necessarily translate well. Sometimes, my imitation stays in the realms of my imagination. 

I also find it crucial to have my own personal fashion, fashion according to me. This is what I term, my personal style. For some people, their personal style is street style, for others, it is corporate fashion, for some more, it is corporate casual or simple casual, for some, like me, it is a mix of all depending on my outing and mood. But it is essential to me that I am comfortable in whatever I wear. Ever so often, when I'm planning my vacation, I find myself researching the best vacation outfits for my destination. For example, what to wear while vacationing in Kenya or how to dress while vacationing in Europe. I go on and on till I ensemble my travel outfits. That's fine. But what I do next is crucial. I transform the results of my research into my personal style - which is, street fashion plus comfort plus a mix of diverse fashion styles.

While there are many answers to the question, "what is fashion?" or "who determines how we dress?", I have learned that fashion is what makes sense to me. Fashion is about my comfort. Fashion is to be bold while expressing my creativity. It is to live my clothing and accessories, fearlessly. To combine my colors in a way that makes me glow from within. Fashion is to understand my personal style, the style that excites me, and then release that style to the world while walking my personal runway called earth.

Jumoke Odepe
Toronto, 2020

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