Georg Simmel sees fashion as an expression of individualization, an attempt to cultivate one’s distinctiveness or an uniqueness, and an attempt to express imitation and conformity. He goes on to say, the capacity for a particular fashion to create a sense of distinction for the individuals who first adopt it is destroyed as more and more people practice it; as the fashionable difference is transformed into a commonplace standard. It is then replaced by a new trend and spreads around and eventually dies in the end, until something new comes along.
Simmel believes that class has a great effect on who wears what according to the class hierarchy. Fashion is a visible and easily identifiable sign of class position, he says. However, as the lower classes set out to imitate those above them in “externals of life,” the upper classes necessarily must seek out an alternative form of fashion in order to maintain and express their distinctiveness.
In my opinion, I think that anybody is entitled to wear what they want to wear, not be judged or looked upon as a person who is just imitating, and has no individuality. I guess it’s a way of keeping yourself in the ninety-nine percent as oppose to being the one percent who stands out….