It seems clothing fashion often follows cyclic patterns and industry instigated trends rather than practicality.  While some are keen to follow the direction of the fashion gurus in regard to colour and style, others find great value in dressing in retro gear, often purchased from second hand shops and market stalls. So clothing apparel fashion can generally be seen as one of personal choice.

It is strange how we often experience considerable hardships just to ‘be in fashion’.  Long spiky high heels can be safety hazards for the wearers and skin tight jeans can make some movements a difficult operation. Hair cuts can certainly be fashion statements and clothing and accessories often contain popular manufacturer’s names and logos.

Buying jeans that have that torn, pre-loved look can be an expensive exercise. While it is highly acceptable to the younger generations, it is often viewed by the oldies in our community with questions as to the wearer’s sanity.

Some parents go to considerable expense to keep their children outfitted in the latest fashion, which might be more of a statement about the parents than the kids. Other parents are content to use perfectly good hand-me-downs from older family members which they feel will suffice for the short time they will be used, due to the children’s growing process.

Often we follow fashion trends just to maintain our personal popularity by ‘keeping up with the Joneses’. However, there is no reason why we can’t keep up with current fashion ideas, but let’s be careful about how we project who we are to the world.

I’m Peter Mack and that’s life.

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