Why is fashion so important to teens these days?

February 20, 2012
By , Coppell, TX
In our society, there are many issues that affect teens. Fashion is something that teens use to fit in which makes them struggle in their everyday life.

Teens find brands to be something that will make them look “classy” as many teens say today at school. Teisha-Vonique Hood from SMU stated that when people associate themselves with a particular brand or branded image, they immediately assume a new identity that is in some sense, confined to the societal points of that brand. They classify themselves through the brands they wear and it makes them feel like they fit in. There is always that new shirt or those new jeans or just some new trend that happens to begin. Teens may feel like if they don’t have the latest brands, they aren’t worthy or not able to fit in and be themselves.

Also, teens find themselves to be a little under-confident or intimidated by other people in their school. Ehow contributor, Ashton Pittman said that many teens pick up on fashion trends in an effort to stave off humiliation and mocking from peers. The majority of teens in high school have a fear of getting bullied or excluded. They use fashion to hide their fear and to feel more confident on who they are, or who they are trying to be.

Their attitude towards fashion and the way society shows it to be can change a lot of teens’ opinions. Stated in SMU study, as a result of this need for peer acceptance, teenagers are receptive to characteristics such as character, personality, etc. Since a lot of teens try to find their identity through high school and fashion, it can ultimately change not only their personality, but their character towards other people and family. Tying into this, celebrities are a big impact on teen fashion. Ashton Pittman also states that often, fashion for teenagers is the result of the desire to be like a celebrity. Teens look at celebrities and say “Oh well if they can wear that, then why can’t I” and most of the time they end up giving the wrong idea to their friends and people around them.

Have you ever tried to dress some way so that others accept you? A lot of teens don’t realize that this is an issue on their everyday life because they are so caught up with trying to fit in. Just because other teens have the latest brand and you don’t, doesn’t mean that you aren’t unique.

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Maya._.Ali said...
Nov. 3 at 8:21 am
Really Good Explanation ! Sadly I am one of those teens
A.Zap said...
Apr. 13, 2016 at 2:29 am
best comment i've ever seen~GOOD JOB!!!
baby bubbles said...
Feb. 17, 2015 at 7:07 pm
What i think that kids today want to dress classy to school my opinion is that u dont have to dress like a hoe like some girls i aint pionting but i think that some schoola in texas have uniforms beacuase some kids like to show of but i just want to make a difrence in these kida today cuase i am teenager to so thats y i decide to find a website to express my feeling towards fashion
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