Humankind’s Long-Standing & Perpetual Relationship with Fashion

Men's FashionFashion faux pas, they like to call it. Everyone is guilty of it from time to time. Some very fashionable people you see on Instagram have committed it at some point. And you definitely have a friend who wears it like a suit of armor every day.

The fashion blunder is a common occurrence. Anyone from Tilda Swinton to Dwayne Johnson to Jenny from accounting has been guilty of it. Although most people, even some celebrities, claim not to care about such fashion mistakes, there are also many who would readily disagree. Being fashionable is not just a sense of personal style anymore; it’s a universal way for other people to judge you on how you look in Gucci or in Adidas.

Ancient Grillz

People in every city around the world have always had a relationship with fashion. In Asia, for instance, there were once tribes in the Philippines whose men colored their teeth black the same way their women colored their lips red. In Vietnam, there are women and men who blacken their teeth still. You may think of it as weird, but such traditions are deeply rooted in fashion; otherwise they wouldn’t be attributed to a desire to enhance one’s sex appeal.

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In the U.S., if your teeth are anything but white, you have to see the dentist. Not that there aren’t ways to make someone’s teeth look fashionable and sexy. After all, Americans do have a strong kinship with looking good. Hawley retainers are designed to reflect that kinship, with personalized styles and colors to adorn teeth that are actually undergoing some work.

Internet of Clothes

Such is the relationship of people with fashion and style that even technology is adapting. The “Internet of Clothes” is a new concept designed by Mark Brill and his team; it aims to attach RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags to clothing. The idea is in response to common issues regarding any person’s wardrobe, which can grow in size up to four times than what the average person actually needs. Through an RFID reader attached to a wardrobe or bedroom door, the RFID-tagged clothing can monitor its own frequency of use. If an article of clothing isn’t used for a specific period, it will remind the owner to wear it or donate it to charity.

Fashion is nothing new, and it will always stay with humankind. Our desire to look pretty and desirable is a part of human DNA. And as technology and new styles are replacing ancient concepts, it is safe to say that this relationship with fashion has long been validated.