Short Essay on Fashion
In crude terms fashion is a style of living. There are aristocratic fashions, film-style fashions, peasant class fashions and a kind of fashion known as maverick fashion. Naturally it is related to dress and manners. But manners imply something deeper than fashions. Because fashion is comparatively superficial, and changes with the winds of change in certain races and people.
At one time Paris dictated fashions in dress. Today, however, the climate has changed. In India the film world dominates and craze for the queer and the unconventional is gaining ground. The styles of dressing are always in a fluid state, and before one fashion sets a foothold another pushes it out. New films pop up every year with queer innovations in dress, the young ladies promptly copy them, and the tailor masters make new bucks fast, and thereby hang a tale. Let alone young maidens, even elderly ladies are lured by the new fashion.
Today the modern improvement in cosmetics claim to make the old hags and frumps look tolerably young and smart. Why then should one lag behind and submit to the ravages of time and age? Thus fashion craze has banished sobriety.
Among men the fashion trend does not remain confined to smartness only. The maverick style infects a class. They wear steel bangles, put on crystal necklaces and even wear earring in one ear.
Life has become fast and distrust for tradition is becoming a cult today. But today smoking and even drinking is no taboo in some societies. The joint families today are in ruins, and even the family units are slack and sloppy. Naturally parental care, affection and family discipline become the severest victims of changing fashion.