Do Clothes Make the Man?
The age old idiom, “clothes don’t make the man, the man makes the clothes” has always been something I’ve lived by but is it really true? Let’s be honest here, just look around! Clearly this isn’t always the case. Fashion bloggers remaking celebrity looks, Yeezy’s and Jordan’s selling out within moments of their release, Instagrammers rocking as many Supreme pieces as they can at one time, I mean, even these “fast fashion” labels are knocking off designers just to give people access to high end style and low price points. So if clothes don’t make the man, why all this fuss about having trendy gear?
Here’s the thing, developing personal style is a lifelong journey. Basically, what this means is that it takes exposure to a lot of different trends, styles, pieces and experiences before you can really unearth your own style. Some people have a natural understanding of style, while others require a bit of practice. Developing your personal style is a process of discovering yourself in a new way. This might mean you have to try a bunch of different styles to discover the one you love, it could also mean mastering one particular style that you really feel captures your personality, it could very well involve you trying every popular style out there just to get a feel for fashion. The process is different for everyone, but eventually you’ll get to a point where you are able to express yourself authentically with your style and you’ll no longer need to rely on what’s trendy or popular to be on point.
So, does the man make the clothes? Or, is it the other way ‘round? It’s both! Being at different places in your style journey means different things are possible. At the end of the day, anyone actively developing their style is heading full speed ahead in the direction of becoming a man who makes his clothes.