By Lauryn Williams | Urban Agenda
Clothes are an essential part of life, without your clothes some would say that it’s almost the same as losing your identity. For some their clothes are more than just pieces of fabric, they express their personality and offer a sense of identity.
There are many different types of clothing: pants, shirts, shorts, leggings, sweaters etc.
That’s not all. There are thousands of stores and brands to choose from, where you can get all of these clothes.
Stores like Abercrombie, American Eagle, Nordstrom, Forever 21. and H&M– are just a handful of stores people that are around my age shop to buy the clothes.
Different personalities will be attracted to different stores that sell clothes that will appeal to people with different personalities.
After getting new clothes, the feeling I have is indescribable. It’s like a rush of confidence. Knowing that I have a new fresh pair of jeans or a new shirt to wear out or even just to put in my closet and save for a special day gives me a great feeling.
Often when someone is walking around, the first thing people notice when they see them is the clothes that they are wearing and for some that can be very nerve-racking.
Many people, especially girls, like to dress nicely and wear name brand clothes. This could be because those people who notice what they’re wearing will recognize the name brands and think more highly of them.
In order to wear the name brand clothes, you have to have name brand money and for many they are not that fortunate. So for those who do not have access to all name brand clothes they must get their clothes somewhere else.
Many teenagers want to feel like they fit in with their peers and they might think that by not having those brands, that they are not cool or unpopular.
My advice for someone who might feel this way is to wear the clothes and not let the clothes wear you.
Just because your clothes are super expensive doesn’t mean that you are any less important. So, not only do clothes give people a sense of self but they can also make someone feel like they are less important than those around them.
For many, clothes aren’t just something you wear, they are your passion. For fashion designers and models they have created careers out of designing and wearing clothes. Something that is so simple, in theory, has been used by many to fulfill their dreams.
(Lauryn Williams is a rising junior at Avonworth High School, which is just North of Pittsburgh, PA. This is her first year as a student in the Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop.)