Apparel and accessories

The fashion and apparel industry are great influencers on the masses. The fashion industry is responsible for dictating the way we dress. Youngsters, especially, are easily influenced by the latest fashion trends. Fashion shows are now organized in smaller towns as well. Even young children want to dress fashionably these days. All of these are signs of the growing influence of fashion industry.

The good, the bad and the ugly

The upside

There are both negative and positive aspects to this. Fashion helps people in becoming presentable. When people dress fashionably, they feel good about themselves. This boosts their level of confidence in themselves. People who dress and look well, have better chances of getting a job. Even if a person is not blessed with naturally good looks, they can make themselves look amazing by dressing well and using accessories. This is where fashion helps.

The downside

On the other side, fashion can blind people. Fashion trends are often launched by films and rich people.  What celebrities wear on and off screen soon becomes a craze with the general public. In a bid to become the most fashionable among their peers, youngsters often spend an insane amount of money on clothes and other accessories. When fashion becomes an obsession, it does more harm than good.


Retailers in the apparel industry are primarily engaged in the distribution, merchandising, and sale of men’s, women’s, or children’s clothing to consumers. Apparel retailers include department stores, mass merchandisers, specialty stores, national chains, discount and off-price stores, outlets, and mail-order companies. Online shopping service is also available now.

Fashion categories

The clothing industry is a very competitive industry. A fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer’s outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen to specifically complement the wearer’s look. Fashion accessories can be loosely categorized into those that are carried and those that are worn. Traditionally carried accessories include purses and handbags, eyewear, hand fans, parasols and umbrellas, wallets, canes, and ceremonial swords. Accessories that are worn may include jackets, boots, and shoes etc.

Tips and tricks for wearing your accessories

While wearing accessories you should keep certain things in mind. Don’t overdo it. Choose one piece of jewelry you want people to focus on, don’t have a very long, bulky necklace with long dangling earrings because it will seem like they are competing for attention. When wearing big jewelry, don’t wear prints. When wearing colorful jewelry, choose to wear all black or all white. Don’t wear huge stones. The bigger the stone is, the less real it looks. When choosing the necklace, one must first identify the kind of neckline on the top of one is wearing. Most blouses fall into the category of V-neck, boat-neck, off the shoulder, strapless, and plunging necklines. Then, depending on the neckline one must choose from a variety of necklaces types.

The language of clothing

Clothing is a language, a nonverbal system of communication that through its symbols conveys much about the wearer to the viewer. Clothing makes a statement that expresses their personality. Fashion can suggest or signal status in a social group. Groups with high cultural status like to keep ‘in fashion’ to display their position.

Social message sent by clothing

Humans also decorate their bodies with makeup or cosmetics, perfume, jewelry and other ornaments; cut, dye, and arrange their head and body hair (hairstyle), and sometimes their skin (tattoo, piercing). All these decorations contribute to the overall effect and message of apparel and accessories. People wear apparel for functional or social reasons. Apparel and accessories protect the body.
Social messages sent by clothing, accessories, and decorations can involve social status, occupation, ethnic and religious affiliation, marital status and sexual availability, etc.
Therefore, we should dress good, look good and stay beautiful!   

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