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Outfit of the Week #16

FashionBenny Joy SmithComment

I have a problem. No, it's not a personal problem (although we both know I have plenty). I have a problem with the media. Shocker. The media being the bad guy? Never. My problem with the media is this: the media feel they have the right to decide what is right and wrong when it comes to fashion. Example: TV shows like Fashion Police and Entertainment Tonight constantly and harshly pick apart celebrities and their outfit choices, criticising their every clothing decision, or magazines with their "Best and Worst Dressed" lists or the infamous "Who Wore it Better?" columns. Now, I admit I do like to check out these pages, if only just to see Lady Gaga's latest produce outfit, but why do the media get to decide what is and what isn't fashionable?

I believe that one of the greatest aspects of being a human being is the ability to choose and think for ourselves. To have an individual and completely unique world view is a truly special part of each of us that distinguishes people from animals. There has never been anyone that thinks like you, talks like you or looks like you. Incredible! This means that even what you like to wear or find 'cool' is completely tailored individually to you. That's right, you.

So why is our modern society trying to squash the uniqueness out of us? Why are tv shows and fashion magazines criticising individual style and making a public mockery of someone's choice in clothing? It ain't right, it's bullying. But unfortunately, it's not going to change anytime soon. They have wound their way into our daily lives so discreetly, we don't even realise anymore. We critique what we wear before we step out of the door, asking ourselves "Are people going to like what I'm wearing?", when in reality "people" don't care. Because we're all too concerned about ourselves to even notice what others are wearing! The media and fashion elite have placed themselves on a pedestal for everyone to admire and emulate and we just go along with it, because that is the way it has always been. And probably will be for quite some time.

But how can we as individuals get ourselves out of this style rut? How do we rediscover our own unique style and have the confidence to wear what we like? Simple. You find out what pieces of clothing, colours, shapes, patterns etc. you fancy, you buy them and you wear them. If you find yourself thinking about what others will say just ask yourself, "Do I like what I am wearing?". If the answer is yes, then head out that door with your head high. If you like it and are comfortable with your outfit, then it doesn't even matter what other people think. Don't be afraid to be the person you were always meant to be. 

And you can quote me on that.

Earrings: $2.50 from Equip  Cropped Tee: $10 from Glassons  Jeans: $26 from NZ Sale  Heels: $49.99 from Number One Shoes

TOTAL: $88.49