The world of fashion is not about snobbery and being a slave to the trends of the day. There are certain people who may embody these attributes, but I don't believe that this is what fashion is about. This misconception of what fashion is, may lead us to miss out on a world of opportunity. We can buy big brand names and we can buy expensive accessories in the pursuit of 'high status' among our peers. However, we cannot buy style, we cannot buy class and we cannot buy leaders.
The first step to confidence is believing in ourselves. The next step is to attract people that we can both believe in and help grow. Whether we like it or not, the first thing people will judge us on is our appearance. The next thing is body language and then they will listen to our words.
"Maybe there's more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good looking?" - Derek Zoolander.
Although, in the context, this was quite a humorous question, it conceals a significant truth within it. We don't have to be extremely good looking to be fashionable or trendsetters. Fashion is for people who want to present the best version of themselves to the world. Anyone can be fashionable. It doesn't take money and good looks, it takes authenticity and confidence.
A well known and admired model/actress of the modern day is Cara Delevingne. She has strikingly good looks, and eyebrows that give her a very distinctive and unique look. However, I believe that this is only a part of her stardom. There are thousands of quintessentially 'good looking' girls out there, so why not any one of them? Why her?
I believe that it is her authenticity that makes her appealing to us. She is quirky and unique and she is not afraid to show this. She is not afraid to present herself to the world as she is. She lacks fear, she is charismatic and she exudes self confidence.
In the pursuit of happiness we need to be true to ourselves. I believe that one of the best ways to get started along this path is by wearing our hearts on our sleeve, as it were. People will see the colours and style we are wearing long before they will notice the brand, so our budgets should not be seen as a limit on our happiness.
Our clothes will help us to attract the right 'tribe' of people we want to belong to. It will help us to become more courageous and help us to lead the lives that we truly desire and deserve.