Blog #3 – Fashion as an Identity

Simmel sees fashion as one integrating facets of their personality such that societal norms are maintained, yet, everyone is unique in what they are wearing. An example of this is how those who are from Irish decent wear claddagh rings – a ring with two hands holding a heart, or those of Middle Eastern descent wear traditional scarves to cover themselves. Because America is a country composed of immigrants, an individual may want to express their roots while adapting to typical American style by wearing things like jeans, flip flops, and t-shirts. 

It is also interesting to note how fashion does act as a barrier between classes. You will never see someone who is destitute wearing Chanel or Gucci or a rich person wearing tattered clothing (unless of course it is ripped jeans that were deliberately ripped and purchased). The important part about this though is that many rich people will not display their wealth with labels all over their clothing but those of similar status will know what they are wearing when they see it. Those who cannot afford to spend as much money on a suit can buy something very similar in Jc Penney or Macy’s at a much more reasonable price. But if they opt to go for a luxury designer, they will buy something and flaunt it to everyone they meet. 

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5 responses to “Blog #3 – Fashion as an Identity

  1. I agree with your entry completely because it is true; fashion is like a barrier between the classes. But the irony of fashion is that the richer you are, the less “rich” you tend to look. An example of this could be the billionaire twins, the Olsens. One of them, opts for the “homoeless” or “boho” look, which tends to contradict the amount of money they have.

  2. ciarasullivan25

    I like how you state that rich people often will not display their wealth. Recently I’ve seen many examples of this. I know the family I babysit for has a lot of money (because they’re distant cousins), but I’ve often thought about how I would never know if we had only been aquaintences. A good friend of mine is in the fashion business and we were in the mall a few weeks ago when she noticed a woman carrying a plain leather bag. She knew it was a Louis Vuitton worth thousands of dollars, and she said to me “Wow. She’s so rich that she bought a Louis Vuitton without the markings all over it.” I think these examples go perfectly with your point; especially the woman with the purse. She was very rich, but not flaunting her money.

  3. rosemarieangeline

    You make a valid and interesting point regarding those of the same social status being able to identify expensive designers without a label being displayed. When people ask why would you spend more f

    • rosemarieangeline

      **for a piece of clothing or bag that loooks very simular? For a person wanting to show they belong to a certain social class, this would be why.

  4. These days its not really hard to get a louis vuittion bag, gucci bag or any other kind of bag, I know people take the option of paying their off things like bags or other luxury items, monthly. Just because you see someone carrying an expensive bag, doesn’t always mean their necessarily rich. Some people like owning these expensive items because it just makes them look rich.

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