Apparels are a simple thing to be worn on the body. The type and amount of clothing worn depends on body type, gender type, geographic and social consideration. Clothes are mainly reserved for the use of humans and are characteristic of all human societies.
Clothing serves many purposes:
• It can serve as protection against the elements, rough surfaces, rashes, insect bites, splinters, thorns, and stings by creating a barrier between the skin and the skin Surroundings.
• Clothing can protect against cold or heat and form a hygienic barrier that keeps infectious and toxic materials away from the body.
• Clothing also protects against ultraviolet rays. Today there are many materials from which clothes are made. A person can buy clothes made from naturally occurring materials such as silk, wool, and leather, but also clothes made from synthetic fibers such as nylon, polyester, and Lycra widely used in the manufacture of clothing.
Social media has completely changed almost every facet of modern living, from the way we listen to music to our eating habits and the fashion industry is no exception. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram’s all has takeover the fashion status upended, as bloggers rival editors in influence, Instagram looks set to replace the catwalk as the first place to look for new fashion, and brands’ marketers have added: “reach” and “viral” to their buzzword vocabulary. We now have 5 times more clothes than our grandparents had.
In the past decade alone, social media has managed to quickly revolutionize virtually every industry in the world, and fashion along with fashion journalism is certainly no exception. Even the world’s largest news agencies had to transform the way their readers digest the news, adding social media platforms to the forefront of their news deliveries. In the fashion world, social media has brought connectedness, innovation, and diversity to the industry. Instagram: for example, functions as a live magazine, always updating itself with the best, most current trends while allowing users to participate in fashion rather than just watch from afar.
Social media has done several incredible things for the fashion industry, including creating fashion icons, heavily influencing fashion trends, and ultimately reforming the way people go about seeking jobs in the field.
How Social Media Creates Fashion Icons:
Traditionally, before social media, becoming a fashion icon was next to impossible. Someone in the fashion industry had to see you and think you were incredible. They had to build your brand from scratch. Unless you had fame from other experiences, your journey entailed audition after audition, deal after deal, catwalk after catwalk, and after all of which you would still only have the slightest chance of becoming a recognizable fashion figure. But social media has changed the game.
Now the manufacturers, as well as the designers, have to upgrade their style constantly as the fashion market is changing at any period. Social media plays a major role in ongoing changes in fashion trends. Thus the impacts of social media are as follows:
• Consumers are contributors:
Because fashion is now a two-way street, where consumers can be contributors, new ideas get circulated much quicker and inevitably change faster. Consumers can have a front-row seat at the highest levels of fashion. Snapchat, for example, gives users an intimate view of major fashion events like the MET Gala, red carpets, and various fashion weeks all over the world.
• Fashion Hacks:
There’s an ongoing discussion amongst the peoples on the internet, that middle schoolers today look much less awkward than they used to. This is in part because pre-teens have more examples of how to be fashionable and are given access to hacks that show preteens that they don’t have to be rich to have style. While the youth of the early 2000s anxiously waited for magazines to arrive in the mail in hopes that parents would purchase a single item, today’s young fashionistas know that they don’t have access to exclusive content to be fashion-conscious. Social media is full of little tricks and tips on how to stay fashionable in an affordable way.
• Celebrity Endorsements:
In times before social media, celebrity endorsements ultimately happened in a few limited ways: commercials, interviews, and public stunts. All very effective, but limited nonetheless. These days, celebrities can endorse products on their Facebook pages, Instagram profiles, and Snapchat stories. The fashion industry knows that if they want to sell something fast, they don’t make broadcast television commercials. People get to know everything about their voguish persons just by one push button.
• Tagging Brands:
Remember when you would watch a delicious food commercial and wish that you could have the food instantly? Social media has brought us closer to this idea. On Instagram, users often tag the brands that they are wearing so that other users can find them and order them with ease from retail agencies and stores all over the world. So now the work of the designers or retailers is also reduced to some extent as they would endorse their brand on social media to get traffic in their stores.
More than anything, social media has brought diversity to the industry. People who have felt unrepresented in traditional forms of fashion media now have the opportunity to take matters into their own hands. They get to follow who they want to follow and it is much easier to find people who they relate to in terms of body image and lifestyle. Specifically, people of colour and plus-sized who have previously had trouble spotting trends that fit them in mainstream magazines can find online communities through social media.
Social Media’s Influence on Fashion:
Social media has influenced the fashion industry more than any other industry. For the most part, fashion used to be a two-dimensional, one-sided industry. Brands put their clothing in magazines and users consumed ideas and inspiration by flipping through the pages. Models walked in fashion shows, and users hoped and prayed that part of it would be covered on television somewhere so they could watch. The fashion industry created the trendsetters and users followed the trends. Users didn’t have to say in what they were consuming. Social media has reframed this structure, allowing users to not only consume fashion but also contribute to it. Here’s how:
Hashtags #. Who knew this sign could be so powerful? By using hashtags, users can find virtually whatever trend they want with the click of a button. If someone wants to find out what scarves people are wearing this winter, they don’t wait until the newest edition of Vogue hits the racks, they type #winter scarves into the Instagram search. Conversely, if a person thinks that other people would want to see what they are wearing, they hashtag any and every topic that they think relates to their image, brand, and style.
A hashtag is a label used on social media sites that makes it easier to find information with a theme or specific content. Hashtags encourage social media users to explore content that catches their eye. Associations can use hashtags to reach their target audience and to help members filter information.
So the brands or designers or any small thing about anything is just one click ahead. Just by pressing the hashtag, we come to know everything regarding the products. So the social media has brought the world to one small screen.
One must choose their presentation with care. The presentation includes not only clothes but also accessories, hairstyle, fragrance, posture, body language, tone of voice, and level of energy.
There are also some good reasons to always “dress the part.” Fashion is best defined simply as the style or styles of clothing and accessories worn at any given time by groups of people. It is evident today that the fashion industry plays a large role in society. People use fashion as a means of expression and a source of self-identity.
Your Clothes Impacts Your Thinking:
Of course, dressing smart is also important for your confidence and sense of self-empowerment. But your style does more than just send messages, to your mind or others. New research shows it impacts how you think. Professional dress, one study found, increases abstract thinking and gives people a broader perspective. The formality of clothing might not only influence the way others perceive a person, and how people perceive themselves but could influence decision making in important ways through its influence on processing style.
Usually, we process visual details instantaneously through a process called thin-slicing. That’s when the brain makes millisecond judgments based on a new stimulus. It often happens without us even knowing. We might just get a feeling that we don’t trust someone, or that someone else is steady and reliable. We might not even know why.
That gut feeling, commonly called intuition or a first impression, is part of the very fast-paced mental process of thin-slicing. It’s how we continually judge books by their covers, all day, every day.
How exactly has social media changed the dressing styles?
• We don’t repeat outfits:
Before social media people always been huge advocates of repeat outfits. Occasionally, people put together what they feel like the cutest damn combo have ever seen and wear it all day with pride. They don’t have to show anyone or anywhere. But today the photos are clicked for even small dam things done and put as an Instagram story. So a person has to be more conscious about what they are wearing and probably it’s not repeating.
Even in the offices, those are the days where no one cares about the outfits’. So they can repeat in a very short period. But now the outfit matters a lot as anyone clicks anytime and uploads the images on social media. So the employees are now more conscious about their dressings. People are not ready to leave the house without the proper attire.
• Now we dress for other people:
It’s a question that’s been asked since the dawn of time: who do women dress for? At first, we thought it was men. Until we realized it wasn’t and it was other women we’re trying to impress.
Then there are some rare birds, which claim to truly dress for themselves. Although to those people if someone asks: if you were the last person on earth, what would you wear every day?
Social media has added a whole new element to this. We don’t just dress for ourselves or other people. We dress for a whole bunch of strangers, too. We ‘Insta-bloggers’ get dressed and take photos of our outfits for that exact reason.
Nowadays other trends going on of uploading workout images and videos, So the fitness industry has become one of the most flourishing areas on social media with photos and videos of people working out and drinking protein smoothies uploaded daily on at least one of the social platform’s users interact with. So the sale of active wear also increases like anything in the last few years.
Moreover, fitness companies are using one of the oldest marketing tactics that is to hire a celebrity to promote products and services. Companies are using celebrity endorsement not only in traditional marketing but also in social media marketing. It is used by different types of companies and they have their effects, benefits, and challenges. The focus was specifically on celebrity endorsement used in social media.
• Even worse, we dress like other people:
Recently, a Vogue editor labeled bloggers as “heralding the death of style.” Today, it’s like we copy the head-to-toe style of bloggers and Instagram stars, rather than having our unique point of view. For others, the situation is much more dire, like ripping off complete looks, dressing like one particular person every day, and forgetting your sense of style altogether.
• We have to have it:
On the subject of expertly-styled, clothes, raise your hand if you’ve bought something because it looked cool in the pics.
On one hand, social media is the ‘new’ magazine. It brings shopping to us. But on the other, social media encourages us to buy something we might not have looked twice at, simply because of how it looks in a highly-edited image with at least three filters over it.
Unlike in the past, today’s 15 designers function in a global marketplace, constantly expanded by television, film, and popular culture, but even further accelerated by the Internet and social media. No longer limited to the upper class, trendsetters come from various social factions, and most trends have their own short stories. In clinical analysis, psychologists noted that the brain loves new things, especially trends because they are quick flashes of novelty. Much like repainting a room or buying furniture of a new, trendy item allows for reinvention and the purchase of a wearable trendy item allows for self-reinvention.
Also, as stated earlier, fashion is constantly being influenced by its’ surrounding environment- be it historical events, technological advancements, or changing social roles, and sporting this fashion is a means of expression. These ever-changing fashion dictates never allow for a concrete identification of your look, your preference, and ultimately the message you want to put forth in the world. In essence, the way one chooses to dress is a reflection of them.
Much like fashion, social media is another outlet to express oneself. However, this means of expression occurs in cyberspace. Many underlying threads link the two together. For example, the psychological aspect to present oneself in a certain way exists in both outlets. People dress a particular way to present themselves to the world in that manner, analogous to the way users may arrange his or her Facebook page, Twitter account, or Instagram.
Additionally, the desire to fit in and be included presents itself via fashion and social media. Consumers of fashion want to receive accolades from peers, much like users of social media want their “friends” or “followers” to like and comment on their posts. Today, there are over 1 billion users of social media and minority gaps are virtually non-existent.
Every coin has two sides. In the same way many people believe that social media caused the deterioration of interpersonal relationships and communication skills of the young generation. However, it cannot be denied that social media applications have strengthened the connection of people from across the world. For instance, abroad, many children communicate with their parents who are working overseas through social media applications such as Facebook Messenger, Skype, and Viber. The internet allows them to call, chat and even send pictures to each other bringing them closer despite being apart.
In this society today, we come to be updated on the fashion styles of dresses. We are in the situation that we must have the best dress ever. As clothes have been one of the top and trending subjects in today’s generation, we must have the perfect ways on how to use them in the way that we will be respected.