Fashion is a general term used to describe prevailing customs and styles in dress, speech, and other aspects of cultural expression. In a broader sense, it can also refer to an entire industry devoted to the creation and retailing of clothing and accessories.
Throughout history, fashion has been both a source of individual identity and a way to demonstrate solidarity with others in a given culture. The fashion industry has also become a powerful force in globalization, with clothes being designed in one country, manufactured in another, and sold in yet another.
There are a number of advantages to adopting and maintaining fashion trends: it gives you confidence, keeps your inner delight fresh and active and makes you an important part of society that everyone is talking about. The lack of fashion in a person is often considered as a sign of weakness and can even suppress the potentiality of that person.
The emergence of fashionable trends can be seen through the saturation of newspapers in an image of women dancing at a fancy party in 1921. This was the result of a new style in dresses and hats that had just been introduced by the couturiers.
The inclination to follow fashion varies from one person to the next, depending on their age, social status, occupation, and geographic region. For something to be considered a fashion, it needs to be widely accepted and followed. This process of diffusion can be either top-down (elite designers and the wealthy setting trends), bottom-up (people influenced by their peers) or both.