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Like Economies Make For Similar Fashion Trends Lauren Zeinstra WRTG 1150 – 033 December 12, 2007
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Picture a girl, let’s call her Amy, lounging on her couch with nothing to do but flip  through the latest issue of Vogue when suddenly she comes across a picture of a  dress that she absolutely must have! She rips the picture out of the magazine  rushes off to perform her routine of getting ready before embarking on her  favorite pastime: shopping. After finally selecting an oversized sweater paired  with leggings and slouch boots, she steps out of her Manhattan apartment and  heads to a local boutique down the street.  Welcome to the lives of the thousands of people that make up our fashion  industry. There are so many people that invest a great deal of time and money  into fashion that it makes me wonder why – what is the motivation that fuels this  multi-billion dollar industry?  Obviously, the big name designers like Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dior  all have influences in what’s ‘hot’ in today’s fashion, but what makes the 
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designers decide what to put in their fashion line-up? When properly analyzed we  see that changing trends coincide with our economy – similar styles follow similar  economic times.  What is fashion?  The first thing that comes to mind when ‘fashion’ comes up is  clothing, but there is actually a big difference between clothes and fashion.  Clothing is simply a protective layer between your body and the outer elements.  There is no need to be trendy if you are just wearing clothes. Fashion, on the  other hand, is a way to express your individuality. It’s a sort of gateway to first  developing and then maintaining a unique identity that is not just a way for others  to view you, but a way for you to view yourself. Every body has that outfit that  makes them feel invincible. Whether it be an old star wars t-shirt and jeans, or  that perfect little black dress, we all have something that we love to wear  because it makes us feel comfortable and confident, knowing that we look good.  Not only can fashion create an identity, but also it can change it. You can go from  being gothic one day to being completely preppie the next just by changing what  you wear. By putting on certain outfits you are creating who you want people to  see you as that day – creating an image that, if you don’t like you can change 
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just as easily as changing your shirt, literally. 
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