Sometimes I just wonder what our fashion represents to the world and how it portrays us in front of others in everyday life. Do we represent our culture? Our beliefs? A specific location to distinguish from each other? Carte Blanche? (To show you’re authority) It’s started like this when fashion and personal style first arose. However, at this point in time I have come to the conclusion that it’s all about practicality. At first thought you might think that it’s only normal and has been like this forever….but how about the constricting corsets worn not too long ago? Remember the original hipster? With their esoteric style… now everyone wants to be like them…but why?
I have been long inspired by the following quote and I have lost it for months but I finally l found it again:
“In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
I love what Mill says. I just think that he has such a powerful opinion on being different and how being eccentric can be a good thing and a sign of progress and fearless, in need of change. The fact that the more there are that aren’t afraid to voice their opinion or wear their clothing as they wish or be able to showcase their ideas being a positive change….
Here’s what I think: If you are not eccentric…if no one ever is, society won’t progress. It’s the eccentricity in which brings hope and change for better futures and being able to think up profound meanings and inspiring style that we will finally see an end of personality duplications. Now, dont get me wrong: I ALWAYS was guilty of being a copy of others…afraid to be myself simply because I could not bear to even allow myself to think what everyone would think of me if I would be myself. Then I realized that, yes: I am complicated and dramatic and I overthink everything but…doesn’t everyone else? I was just so fearful I didn’t fit in or I was too different to understand. Like me favorite quote says:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond belief…”
Even though this obviously has nothing to do with fashion, I interpret it to where I find that it’s not that I’m afraid that I am not good enough to be myself, but that I might be more capable of making a huge impact so much to even comprehend, I’m scared of.
My point is: Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Be eccentric. No one can tell you, you’re to weird…it isn’t tangible so it simply cannot be proven therefore cannot hurt you. And if you really think about it ( I know I over- analyze but I have a point!) isn’t everyone different from each other? Then unique doesn’t really exist! Be yourself, I can finally say that I managed to do this at school and I’m really proud I was finally able to overcome one of the biggest burdens I had at school when it basically carried a false identity.
To jump on to fashion though, I have some pictures (found on Flickr) that really show eccentricity in fashion. See below:)