Posted by: on Sep 20, 2011 | No Comments

At only twenty years of age, I feel almost certain that my overwhelming sense of excitement and anticipation on entering ‘Topshop’ or flicking through the pages ofGLAMOUR is abnormal. Surrounded by garments of all lengths and fabrics, sparkles and shades, and faced with a never ending display of this season’s mismatched trends, my heart beats faster as I wonder which one of these ‘looks’ will most do me justice. Fortunately (primarily for my sanity), I am not alone.

After speaking to several close friends, clothes seem  to bring not only ‘happiness’ and ‘confidence’, but more importantly, an opportunity to express yourself in a unique way which only painters can do on a canvas. Our canvas, or rather, body, is an ever changing representation of ourselves and is in need of constant renewal due to life’s changing setbacks and progressions.

Purchasing a sexy new dress is not an attempt to ‘fit in’, conform to ideals, or to show off, but rather a daring statement on behalf of the individual, revealing a new sense of confidence within them. After years of shying away from attention, I write to defend those so called ‘shopaholics’ who buy dress after dress to stand out from the crowd and in turn prove themselves as newly transformed individuals, unafraid of society’s judgemental nature.

Inspired by Lady Gaga’s daring and almost careless attitude to clothing, but by no means infatuated, I have concluded that such fashion should be celebratory rather than criticised, thanks to its clear potential diversity. Life is an experiment, and so is my wardrobe. Whether I follow this month’s trends is not of my interest, but standing out, making an impact and proving myself as different to the one hundred other individuals in the room is.

Confidence is the key to success, and if a new dress inspires within you the drive to be noticed and therefore a sole desire to achieve your goals, whether it be a new job, house or man, one more dress on your bank statement is ultimately priceless, regardless of how many zeros might be on the price tag!