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Personal Style: 5 Misconceptions about Fashion w/ VIPshop

There seem to be these not-so-nice stereotypes of people with an interest in fashion, read bellow to find out just why I think these are wrong, by Rosa Fairfield.

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ABOUT THE DRESS

I love this dress because wearing it makes me feel like I've just stepped out of an 50's Audrey Hepburn film. It is a really good fit around my waist, it doesn't feel too tight or loose, and a good length (being a short girl, sometimes longer dresses can just be too long). It's a lovely thick fabric with a silky feel and holds its shape well (I love dresses that puff out without the need for an underskirt or a hoop).

I like the whole red, white and cream colour scheme. It works well together. I also like how it's a floral print where you can identity the types of flowers on it, as most floral prints tend to be vague. It's a great dress for an occasion, I think I'm going to be wearing this for my graduation.

I would also like to point out that it's really comfortable, which is something you don't always find with a formal dress. It feels nice against the skin and it's not too heavy. It's just one layer of fabric, with the sew-in-slip cut short, so you don't have to worry about getting your foot caught in any netting underneath (which has actually happened to me before).

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT FASHION

If you love fashion you are insubstantial 
This one really annoys me. There seems to be this stereotype of fashionistas being these sallow, dumb, frivolous people. I've always seen fashion as an art form that you can wear. Sure, that may be slightly more lighthearted than trying to stop world hunger, but what's to say you can't have a interest in both? No one is ever that one-dimensional.

There's clothing for women and clothing for men
This isn't a misconception as such... but I 100% believe that if someone identifies as a man and wants to wear a dress he should be allowed to... just like women should be allowed to wear trousers. I think it would be great if we had a world where we have all the current clothing options that we do but they weren't split up into male and female sections.

You can't be interested in fashion and be a feminist
Feminism is about 'all' women being equal to men, no matter what their interests are. I think there's a lot a pressure on women to look a certain way, which is wrong, but fashion doesn't have to be about that. 

If you like fashion you are vain
This really depends on what definition of vain you use. If someone is overly obsessed with the way they look or having a high opinion of how they look. That's all relative though because there is no real rule as to how much someone should care about their appearance. Like I said before, fashion is about self-expression - expressing your own personality through the clothing you wear.

* On another note, never call someone vain if you are using the second definition because no one should ever judge someone else's self-worth, it doesn't matter if that's to do with whats on the outside or the inside.

It costs a lot of money
All the catwalk trends get filtered down into high street shops so it doesn't have to cost that much money. It's all about how you wear something, not how much money it costs. I just think you have to spend wisely, choose one or two pieces a year from trends you really like, instead of going mad and buying everything.




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