November 16, 2013


Essay : [Fashion]

English Essay on "Fashion"


“Fashion” is thus defined in the dictionary. “The prevailing modes in such things as are subject to change in form of style as in moment and etiquette, and specially in dress.” This is the name given to the prevailing style of living among the upper classes and rich. Among the members of the smart set of any country certain styles houses, furniture, foods and drinks, times of meals, amusements, polite customs, and specially dress, are “fashionable”. No one in society would dare to take his meals at unfashionable hours or furnish his room with unfashionable furniture, or above all, wear clothes that were out of fashion. To do so would be considered odd and eccentric, or as people of that class would say, “Quite impossible”.

Fashions in all things are constantly changing. Certain games and amusements, style of furniture, rules of etiquette, foods and drinks, come into fashion and go out of fashion.

What was fashionable in the days of our fathers is no longer fashionable today. This is especially true of fashion of dress. The dresses of the ladies undergo frequent changes. Now the prevailing color will be blue; in the few months, it may be pink and sometime after, everyone will be wearing black. A fashionable lady will call a beautiful and costly dress she wore once, “that old thing”, and give it to her maid, because it has gone out of fashion.( As it is impossible for any but wealthy people to bear the expense of discarding perfectly good clothes, and of buying new and up-to-date dresses, only well to do people can only be in fashion.

How can we account for these constant and rapid changes in fashion They are due, partly to love of novelty; and partly to what is called the “herd instinct”. Animals that live in herds or flocks (such as cattle, sheep and deer) are in habit of moving together and all doing the same thing at the same time.

Now men are animals that live in “herds” or societies and as a rule, a man or woman feels uncomfortable, if he or she is not doing or wearing just what their equals in society are wearing or doing.

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