We have all seen the olive green jacket from Zara that First Lady Melania Trump wore yesterday. A bit of an unclear message, and as much as some would like to give her the benefit of the doubt, I'm not so sure this was aimed at her husband. The truth is, even though her team has said "it's a jacket, there was no hidden message", there was. You see, we NEED to focus on her wardrobe. Fashion talks. Clothing speaks volumes. She is a woman of a few words, but her choice in clothing sends a very crisp message (lest we forget her pink blouse and big white hat).
Exactly one day after Donald Trump decided to sign an executive order that ends the separation of children from their parents at the border, but really does nothing to help the children that have already been separated, this jacket happens. A day after Trump says "we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for and that we don’t want", this jacket happens. It's almost as if Melania is Donny's puppet. She is like the cherry on top of every offensive act he has taken. Just when you start thinking that as an immigrant she might care, NOPE. But it's okay to give children forcible injections of antipsychotics and sedatives? It's okay to put them in cages?
In all of this frustration, lets veer off a bit. The Trump Administration doesn't really surprise me anymore. The disrespect is expected. It's like everyday we're waiting for him and his team to say something offensive, and they don't care. This has happened before in history, and it's so angering that it's happening now. We need to continue to fight, use our voice, donate, volunteer, protest, call our senators, whatever, we just cannot be silent. In the words of author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, "silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." We have so much more work to do. If our leaders won't care, then we will.
Everything she wears is intentional and meticulous. I mean, even when traveling abroad, she takes that country's influence into consideration. Her behavior, her feelings, her morals, are all reflected in each item of clothing and designer she chooses to wear. Someone who usually opts to wear high-end doesn't all of a sudden unintentionally decide to wear a $39 jacket. That honestly doesn't make sense. She wore heels when traveling to Houston after hurricane Harvey! This, ladies and gents, is Melania's fashion behaviour.
In my book, it is NOT an impulsive purchase, but a deeper look into why we dress the way we do. We are often inspired, or influenced rather, by what this girl wore, or how he paired that look, but we never focus enough on the why. Do you dress the way you do because it's trending? Do you really like it? Is it truly reminiscent of who you are? Or rather, do your morals, beliefs, and political views affect how you dress? Does your race, ethnic background, and culture play a role in your fashion choices?
Fashion Behaviour, what does it say about you and why? Your clothes says a lot about who you are and how you feel. It says a lot about your personality and your decision making abilities, believe it or not. And think about it, if you ask someone why they dress the way they do, they will more than likely say, A.) because they like it, or B.) because it's comfortable. Now take that and think about how it reflects who they are. I asked a close friend why he chooses to wear a polo, cargo shorts, and flip flops all the time. His response? "Because my wife buys it for me, so I wear what she tells me to." I know him pretty well, and I know that she dominates him, so clearly that is why he wears what he wears. In his everyday life, there is no drive, no excitement, and no self awareness. His clothing reflects just that, and that is fashion behaviour.
Now when it comes to all of the other stuff, (political side, race, ethnicity, culture, etc.) what we choose to wear can be in direct opposition of a belief we don't agree on. Last year during fashion week, there were so many designers that decided to speak out with their clothing. Slogans like "The Future is Female" and "I am An Immigrant" made huge statements, and started a fashion revolution that is being carried into this years clothing choices. But it doesn't just end there. There are more and more influencers that are inspiring many millennials to embrace their ethnic background and race. Some like Simran, Miya, Nemah, and Nneka (to name only a few) are a few influencers/bloggers that are not ashamed of their ethnic background, race or religion, and they embrace it and use it to create their individual style. That is fashion behaviour.
Tom Ford once said "dressing well is a from of good manners." I believe this to be so true, but it also shows how you respect and think about yourself, and how you want the world to perceive you. It really makes an impact. This new segments purpose is, I hope, to create self reflection and help you observe your fashion behavior.