A woman's clothing can have its own voice: skater girl, classy, hippie, tomboy. It's our way to show off our personality to the public without starting up a conversation.
How many of you out there are addicted to high-end fashion though? Attending a private school can cause stress amongst young woman when their brand of clothing could determine their social status and friendships. How many of you see at least five girls or boys wearing a British brand $200 Barbour jacket each day in the halls? $150 Uggs? $300 Frye boots?
It's granted that every Christmas, more or less, 400 parents of the school's students are bombarded with requests and pleas for gifts that leave them with lighter wallets. The truth is that most of these students will receive these expensive footwear and clothing lines, but what about the minority of the student body?
It is naturally assumed that an attendant of North Cross has parents that are "rich." When the new dress code was introduced at the beginning of the school year, the idea that Lands’ End clothing had to be purchased was imprinted in every teen's mind. Many students have parents that send their children to a private school because they believe in the better education, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they have the income to purchase their children high-end fashion.
Fashion envy is a natural apprehension amongst young women when others are constantly indulging themselves with clothes by Ralph Lauren, totes by Longchamp, and activewear from Lululemon, just to name a few brands.
Private schools tend to have more confined classrooms so jealousy over someone's new outfit can be even more toxic by seeing them everyday in the halls. Between the girls you envy at school, favorite celebs and teen magazines, there's a build up of desire for accessing new clothes.
Every girl dreams about the perfect outfit, but often these illusory looks have a more than realistic price tag. Although this doesn't always have to be the case with stores like Goodwill, New to Me in Grandin Village, Plato's Closet and many other retail or consignment stores in the New River Valley. Make a switch to waiting a month after a new product is released in order to save a couple bucks and feel good about acquiring the product.
Friends with dispensable wallets can create uneasiness when they always want to go out on the weekends to see an $11 movie. Suddenly, you are overwhelmed and have to face the problem of how you present yourself.
Do you admit that you simply cannot afford the inflation of movie tickets over the past several years or do you continue to add to the debt to your parents? It's hard to admit that you don't have the fiancees for such indulgences to friends and even yourself. But instead of barring yourself with shame and envy, admit your conditions to your friends who should understand and invite them over for some frozen pizza and streamed movies on Netflix.
If your friends obviously do not understand the circumstance, then are they saying that money is the source of the friendship? Many of these girls believe that buying a pair of expensive stud earrings will automatically insure them popularity. Purchasing look-a-like earrings from Walmart contradicts this idea when you can look just as glamorous without the bigger bill.
Your true friends lead you by example. If they're wearing a North Face, naturally, you want a North Face. If the whole high school has a Barbour jacket, you don't think twice to look at that pretty price tag. It becomes a requisite instead of an admirable flap of wool to protect oneself from the cold. Honestly? Roughly 90 percent of the student body could reduce their parents' credit card bill significantly if they allowed themselves to not let in the what-ifs about others' opinions.
Challenge yourself to be different and ask for a 20 something dollar jacket from Target instead of a 200 something dollar jacket from a brand made in England. Odds are whether you purchase the Target or Barbour jacket, they're both made from the same materials in South East Asia. So, embrace yourself and go against the flow. Fashion can be an art from head to toe, literally. Leaders lead by example, but when the team captain is flaunting their expensive new pair of whatever, lead yourself to be different and courageous.
As many of you know, all these topics intertwine with one another when it comes to women. The main issue at hand: money, fashion envy and staying true to yourself. When you finally accept yourself and your circumstances, all these problems will solve themselves because you will be fashionable according to you and more frugal depending on the stores you continue to shop at. You will no longer be a fashion follower but a fashion leader. So lastly, spread the word for those who do so will lead with greatness and admiration.