Fashion is a cultural form of autonomy and self-expression in a certain time and context and at a certain context, usually of clothing, fashion, hairstyle, makeup, accessories, and personal attitude. The word in its broader sense means a trend defined by the fashion industry as what is fashionable. The cultural industry, which includes designers, buyers, wholesalers, and manufacturers, are the agents or controllers of fashion. Fashionable trends emerge as a result of changing consumer demands, social changes, and political events. The variety of patterns of dress that constitute a culture is referred to as the “look.”
The aim and function of fashion are to identify and define the unique qualities of individuals, to establish an identity, and to create an ideal of worth and value. With the exception of rare instances, fashion never attempts to define an ethical code or an exclusive group. The practice of creating, circulating, wearing, and displaying fashion styles forms the basis of a marketplace. The objects of desire that are traded in this marketplace are usually of mass-produced quality. The objects of desire can be found in material abundance, including fashion styles, clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, cosmetics, electronic goods, and other services and goods.
When an individual wears something, for example, a sweater, he or she is indicating an image resource that has both local and global significance. A sweater worn in wintertime by men who live in the arctic region of the world carries with it a specific significance associated with a specific region of the world. On the other hand, men wearing something like a T-shirt carry an implicit meaning connected to the wearer’s image source – a location where T-shirt is manufactured.
A T-shirt on the other hand, is usually of mass production. It has no specific regional, cultural, or even ethnic significance whatsoever. This makes it easy to market clothing that originates from places far away from the consumer’s location of residence. Thus, a person wearing a T-shirt can indicate an international relationship with people in other regions of the world who wear clothes similar to theirs. In the context of fashion as a marketplace, therefore, T-shirts carry much greater value than do pants.
In contrast, pants have relatively little social value. They are functional, but not particularly attractive. This makes them a poor choice for people who want to express themselves by choosing chic fashion style clothes. Jeans, on the other hand, are very popular among fashionable men. They are stylish, highly functional clothing items, which can be paired with a wide range of jeans and other casual clothes. Jeans are also a source of income for many people who choose to wear them and thus maintain a healthy financial situation.
As one enters the age of middle age and old age, one begins to lose interest in keeping up with the latest fashion trends, especially if these fashion trends do not directly help to improve one’s life. The majority of middle-aged and old-aged people cannot anymore afford expensive clothing to enhance their appearance. Thus, they tend to buy less costly clothing items which can easily be accessorized using accessories. T-shirts, for instance, are ideal for accessorizing casual clothing and are much cheaper than suits.