Are you the type to worry about others? When you’re not in front of the mirror, are you on the phone discussing your new clothes with your friends? Nowadays, many young people dress not for themselves but especially for others. Physical appearance is a very important element in the lives of young people. They must make a good impression to get accepted by groups of friends connected. This constant desire to integrate and to want to be noticed by all, derives from superficiality.
Some of them are between 11 and 13 years old and already wear a waistcoat or often have a jewel in their pierced navel, tattoos on the body, super low waist jeans, Abundant makeup and heel shoes that give them a provocative sway. They still have the age of ‘playing the madam or the beautiful kid’ but they play for real. The consumption of clothing or fashion accessories is becoming more and more important for some teenagers. The style of dress has become a means of expression and integration by young people today.
”Tell me how you dress, I will tell you who you are.”
Despite the advantages it presents, it also has dangers … So, is the dress style a translation or betrayal of oneself?
This is the philosophy of most young people. The latter are constantly judged by their physical appearance. To avoid exclusion, one must merge into the group, Belonging to a tribe, as the saying goes … young people let themselves be taken in this fashion world where most of the time prejudices reign supreme. In colleges, a student may be rejected by his classmates because he is clearly not in the game. “Better not to rub against tacky,” they say. Not wanting to be the object of the criticisms of their entourage, the young people prefer to follow the trend and to wear clothes like the others, which finally do not correspond to them always.
Due to being too worn outside and wanting to resemble others, in the end one becomes what one shows us instead of being oneself. Certainly in today’s society it is not always obvious when one is young, Assuming one’s own vision of things or assuming a different style of dress or looking for one’s own style for fear of being rejected by others.
Seduction at all costs
At the age when the body is transformed, young girls proud of their shapes put t-shirts close to their bodies. Dress is also a sexual marker. Young people who want to seduce will use fashion as a way to attract the eye of the other and test its ability to please the other sex.
At 15, Sarah is a great passionate about fashion. His priority is to seduce. “I love being beautiful, I love being noticed, I do not just dress for myself but also to please others,” she says. Sarah says she spends all her pocket money on clothes, shoes and accessories. “Impossible to resist if I want something I will make sure to have it,” she said. And for that, Sarah will put up stratagems with her parents to achieve her ends. But beware, there are not only girls who seek to please through fashion. Johnny, 17, does not hesitate to spend exorbitant sums in designer clothes and shoes. “It’s kind of my tactic to impress the girls,” he said, with a touch of humor.
If fashion brings to young people, even with some reservations, it can also have more negative consequences. In the first place, Fashion can create tensions within the family. For example, if the adolescent adopts a “babacool” or a “Gothic” look, it can strongly displease parents who will in turn seek to impose their authority. These tensions range from mere verbal exchanges to attitudes of family breakdown.
Wanting to follow the fashion sometimes occasioned small damage, such as applying, for example, the fashion of smooth and curly hair at the risk of burning his hair, or using cosmetics not compatible with acne that develops then even more … But Sometimes the consequences can be more dramatic. Models, model tops or celebrities convey to young girls a cult of unrealistic thinness that illustrates this very well. Young people may deprive themselves of food or follow drastic diets to conform to this image, until they suffer from anorexia with implications for their growth and even their lives. Moreover, this concern can create an ill-being, become obsessive, and therefore lead to mental health consequences.
Respect the limits
Between advertising and social pressure, teenagers are constantly exposed to fashion dictates. It is the parents who often pay for it because it is not always obvious to manage the whims of their offspring on this very delicate subject. If they insist on choosing their teen’s clothes, chances are that it will end in conflict. In order to prevent the situation from degenerating, it is important to set limits.
Often, parents do not approve of their teens’ clothing style. Being sexy or being in it does not mean being extravagant. If you want to be respected, learn to respect yourself. Avoid extravagant outfits that could harm you. Above all, remember that it is possible to value you other than by your appearance and your style of dress. For, we must not forget, attachment to fashion is intimately linked to self-esteem. Above all, remember that it is possible to value you other than by your appearance and your style of dress. For, we must not forget, attachment to fashion is intimately linked to self-esteem. Above all, remember that it is possible to value you other than by your appearance and your style of dress. For, we must not forget, attachment to fashion is intimately linked to self-esteem.