Fashion and health topics are normally tackled separately, with hardly any connection between the two. In fact, during those times when fashion and health are discussed, it’s often with a negative tone. “Fashion industry fosters body stereotypes!” or “How fashion leads to unrealistic expectations!” are headlines you would often encounter.
However, fashion is no longer the health hazard that it once was. All it really took was the right perspective and approach that was overlooked for so long. Today, we’ll be looking at how great fashion and good health are no longer on the opposite sides of a spectrum.
Fashion Is Fluid
Ever notice how fashion seems to change throughout the decades? Back in the day, you weren’t fashionable if you’re not wearing petticoats. These days, you’re not fashionable if you ARE wearing petticoats. Fashion is fluid, flexible, and ever changing, and this is where the health aspect can come in.
In the current fashion industry, tastes have become a lot more inclusive. Designers are now marketing to every body type. Retailers are now catering to everyone, from the most petite of size ones to the curviest of plus sizes.
Health Is Now Fashionable
Fashion is not just about the clothes, the jewellery, the makeup, and the fanfare. An incredibly overlooked aspect of fashion is the body itself and how it can reflect good health. While it’s true that back in the day, models were expected to be so thin that they would starve themselves, this is no longer the case in the majority of the industry.
In fact, being fit, being healthy, and being lively are increasingly becoming hallmarks of fashion and it’s easy to see why. The industry is simply starting to realize that by encouraging this kind of point of view, they will be able to reach a lot more people. By comparison, continuing to body shame people was only doing harm to their bottom line, which brings us to our next point;
Expectations Have Changed
The overall expectations of the majority of the western fashion industry and even those in developing countries have shifted over the years. These days, it’s no longer trendy to alienate those who don’t fit a particular body type from fashion. Instead, the industry is now celebrating people of every shape, size, and color.
This means that regardless of how you look, how much you weigh, or what your gender is, there are now amazing fashion trends that you can work with.
Effect Your Own Positive Fashion Trend
Finally, the current state of fashion actually allows individuals to start effecting change. This can be done in promoting different types of trends that celebrate all body types. It can also be about creating clothing and accessories that would encourage people to experiment rather than to discriminate. There’s literally a whole world of opportunity that’s within reach now.