Is Socioeconomic Status Still Limiting Style?

Just a few days ago my Fashion Club at school held a “Diversity in Fashion” discussion with people from different cultural organizations on campus. We focused on a few questions that were important to this group of people; one of them being “does your socioeconomic status affect the way you dress?”.

It was unanimously agreed upon within the group that the answer was an absolute yes. However, while this was especially the case 10 or 20 years ago, is the answer to this question beginning to change?

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Ever since I was young my mom would give me a budget of a few hundred dollars each school year to spend on my seasonal wardrobe. I had to choose carefully which pieces I spent my money on. Did I want to splurge on a pair of jeans I would wear over and over again? Or did I want to head to the fast fashion stores for a few trendy items?

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It really was a fun little game to me. Fun until I had spent my entire budget and later found a pair of shoes I loved but were no longer in the budget, that is. It is definitely hard to create a diverse wardrobe with endless outfit opportunities when you can’t afford to shell out the money for every item you love. However, new fashion trends and brands are making this easier and easier.

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Macklemore made thrift shopping cool in 2012 and it has been a trendy thing to do ever since. I guess this is one positive thing we can thank modern-day rappers for. Thrift shopping gives us all an opportunity to find trendy, vintage pieces at an affordable price point. It even gives us a chance to find brands we wouldn’t otherwise be able to buy. Before 2012, thrift shopping was viewed as an activity for those who couldn’t afford new clothing. However, current trends in the industry have shaped it into an acceptable and fun way to shop.

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Fast fashion stores are also trendier than ever. Stores have completely re-branded themselves to fit the latest styles showcased on the runways and by celebrities. Target is the perfect example of this. It is a store available to everyone all over the country, whether you are in the city or suburbs. Target has recently launched new brands that focus on trends prominent in the industry today. They have even launched a plus size fashion line with these same fashion-forward pieces.

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I was able to find this jumpsuit for $18 on the sale rack at Target. Not only are the prices at these stores more affordable, but they also offer a vast selection of stylish pieces in the sale section. If you are smart about the way you shop, it is absolutely possible to be fashion-forward on a budget. Not to mention my shoes are also from Target! I have been on the hunt for a pair of white mules for awhile now and was able to find the perfect pair for less than $50.

However, anything becoming more affordable always come at some sort of price. In the case of fashion, that cost is ethics. As clothing becomes cheaper, unethical practices in the fashion industry become more prominent. Big corporations are stealing smaller artists’ designs, toxins are being released into the environment, and children are working long hours in factories in Third World countries. The issues are endless. Our struggles in America are causing greater struggles in countries halfway around the world.

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So while we may be happier here that we can finally afford to be fashionable, others around the world are suffering because of it. There really is no way to win unless we can find a way to make fashion affordable and ethical.

Do you agree that it is becoming easier to be stylish on a budget? How do you feel about the hidden costs behind this? I would love to hear your thoughts below!

The Contradiction of Millennials in this Presidential Election

With the election results in, I think we can all say we are a bit shocked. Whether you are pleasantly surprised or moved to fear, it is important to reflect on the entire election process that occurred over the last few months. It is no doubt that the media, specifically social media, has been the largest contributor to the way this election played out. The media blew many little things into crucial issues, causing these issues to go viral all over social platforms and the internet. In many cases, what was reported was indeed false.

Along with false circulations, I think it is even more important to consider the presence of celebrities, bloggers, and brands and their position in the Presidential election. Many of these influencers chose to state their opinion openly on social media using hashtags such as #Imwithher and #govote. Social media was primarily dominated by this large support system for Hillary Clinton, which I believe led to a false sense of assurance for many Americans. The results go to show that social media DOES NOT reflect the majority of the United States and that sometimes only certain voices are heard.

This being said, I think it is even MORE important that we discuss Donald Trump, his decisions during this election period, and how millennials react to his actions and words. Why is it that us as young people are so appalled by Trump’s insults and disrespectful comments towards women, yet we idolize rappers like Kanye West for preaching the same exact beliefs? Google the lyrics for West’s song “Feed Back” and ask yourself, what makes this ok compared to any words that Trump has said? I honestly cannot answer these questions but I think it is something important that needs to be considered and discussed.

If we are going to tear apart Trump for his insults against women and minorities, we need to first look at what we have allowed in this society as millennials. How can we allow West to get away with such derogatory comments but then ridicule Trump for similar comments? We need to truly think about our own actions and our own views for they are extremely hypocritical. We try to move towards progression of women’s rights but then continue to support rappers who preach offensive lyrics. Since when is acceptable for rappers to get away with this but as soon as a politician does the same, it is insulting, demeaning, and unacceptable?

If we expect a change in our society then we need to start by standing up to EVERYONE, whether it is your favorite rapper, clothing brand designer, or the boy next to you in math class, not just a politician in the Presidential election. How much affect does the President really have on our daily culture as millennials? It is more so music, celebrities, media, and our friends that effect our own world views. If you expect change, start with what you expose yourself to every day. Once we do this, elders will begin to respect our beliefs as young people and actually listen to what we have to say.

Although you may not agree with the results of this election, it is important to remember that you are the future for change. If our views as a society continue to contradict one another, no positive changes will be made. However, even with these challenges in America, we are still the most beautiful country in the World. Only in America can women vote, gay people marry, and people openly express their opinions. These are amazing rights that we seem to take for granted every day. In the upcoming months, and even years, just remember how lucky you are to be a citizen of the country that you are.