I for one, am not into fashion, but as I say this I am clearly somewhere on the fashion spectrum as it is impossible to remove yourself from it. Simmel believed that those who didn’t follow fashion were still a part of fashion since it is a dichotomy and requires those who are to be considered the inverse of fashion followers. This aspect of social life has two extremes, Imitation and Distinction. Imitation is the style or trend that most people aim for. According to Simmel, someone from the upper class will for lack of a better word, lead the general population. It is conformity, to be like a certain “role model” in appearance, it’s widespread acceptance. On the other side of the spectrum is Distinction, to be eccentric or apart from the crowd. Only a few prefer this unique side.
Fashion is dynamic, always changing. A unique style can become “popularized” and shift from Distinction to Imitation. This process can also go the other way, from Imitation to Distinction. To depict this we can look at an example from the past. At one time, bell bottom jeans were “trendy”. People conformed to this style and then after however many years it dissipated so if you were to wear them you would be seen as being eccentric. As we saw in the video in class, fashion is not limited to just clothing, but also include things like hair style, tattoos, piercings, plastic surgery and etc.