There are many reasons we select the particular
clothes and shoes that we wear. Few us buy
clothes strictly for their utilitarian purpose
-- warm socks to keep our feet warm. Rather,
even if the primary reason is function --
a lightweight dress to wear on warm days,
the thought almost always lurking beneath
the surface is, "how do I look in it?"
Indeed, fashion -- the art of buying shoes
and clothes for the way they look -- sometimes
trumps purpose (look no farther than some
impractical designs). Buy even the concept
of "look" has as many facets as
there are shoppers and their motives. Reasons
people buy a particular "look"
ranges from a desire to conform, for status,
to downplay or to enhance the limitations
or attributes of one's body, or to be different;
and each of these range from subtle nuances
to trumpeted declarations.
All of this must also be considered in the
context of quality and cost. Quality itself
is spread across aspects that include how
long the garment will function, how good
it looks, and how long it will continue to
look that good. Cost considerations may be
a matter of budget or status.
With some much variation in criteria, it
comes as no small wonder how much variety
there is in shoes and clothes. To shine a
light (albeit dimly) in the direction of
understanding fashion, we offer the following
articles for your consideration: