Are you bothered about looking ‘fashionable’?

Fashion- it’s one of those things in life that’s all over our magazines, everywhere in shopping centres, and a huge discussion topic among people. But how much does fashion really matter to you?

For some, looking fashionable and wearing the latest trends is one of the most important things. They read Vogue, attend catwalk shows, but a new wardrobe every season and generally keep up to date with what’s hot and what’s not. On the other hand, there are also many people who would love to be like this, but simply don’t have the money to keep up with changing fashion trends. There are also people who quite frankly don’t hold being ‘on trend’ in high regard, and certainly don’t class being fashionable as something that’s important to them.

With style icons all around us, it’s hard to ignore fashion, whether male of female. There’s David Beckham and his ever-changing hairstyle and dress sense, and then there’s Cheryl Cole who always sets tongues wagging with her up-dos and many glamorous dresses.

Some people are able to admire these celebrities in a healthy way, but there are others who obsess over the way they look, as a result of ‘perfect’ celebrities being shoved in their faces all the time. When admiring celebrities in magazines, it’s easy to see why people become so obsessed with themselves, for the wrong reasons. No matter how much Cheryl Cole has been airbrushed in the recent issue of OK! Magazine for example, readers will still view her and her look as perfection, even when they know this isn’t how someone looks in everyday life.

The same problems are starting to occur with men, too, especially after the recent hit program ‘The Only Way is Essex’. Since the first episode was aired on television, men have been obsessing about their looks more than ever before. The show is based on a group of young, rich socialites, who always look immaculate and wear high-end clothes. As a result, shops have been making the most of people in the show wearing their brands and have been promoting them constantly. This has seen an increase in men buying the same clothes as those in the show, to make sure they’re spot on the recent trends. More men have also been seen to have spray tans, in order to look after themselves, just like those in the show.

I ask is it healthy that we idolise people so much that we’re almost trying to live out their life? Or is it just a bit of harmless confidence boosting? You decide.

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