Feeling Fabulous Without Feeling Pressure

By: Crystal Stonewall

shopping-Coco Chanel once said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” This wonderful quote sums up the way most teens feel about their sense of fashion: it has to be 1) fashionable and 2) presentable. As a teen, I cannot help but try to fit in with the latest fashion trends, whether it is colored skinny jeans, UGG boots, fashionable graphic tees, or just a cute spring jacket. There is nothing wrong with fitting in with the trends or just simply dressing nice. The problem arises when teenagers believe that only expensive items are fashionable items. In today’s society, fashion is a strong topic discussed by teens. Many believe their personal style can ‘make’ them or ‘break’ them in their social life–but this is simply not true.

According to one teen, fabulous is “dressing in high cost brands such as Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, and True Religion.” However, Stephanie Green, intern at On the Money, has a very different perspective. Stephanie G. believes fabulous represents “anything someone is comfortable in.” Clearly, both teenagers have different perspectives of the word fabulous–while one believes the more money you spend, the more fabulous the outfit is, Stephanie believes fashion is more than skin deep.  Stephanie’s perspective offers a healthier body image for teens concerned about fashion. The pressure to conform to high-cost brand names can cause stress, anxiety, and uneasiness in one’s on body. However, feeling comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing will not only make you a smart and savvy shopper, it will also make feel more fabulous!

Saying no to designer clothing has benefits on your budget, too. According to Marketingplace.com, parents spend an average of $915 on their teen’s clothing annually! After seeing the excessive amount of money spent on teen clothing, it’s easy to wonder if this money is being spent wisely. In a different study conducted by Seventeen Magazine in 2009, the spending habits of teenagers revealed that 55% of teens wait for clothing items to go on sale before buying them and 57% save their money for clothing and fashion items. As you can see, a large amount of teens do know that it does not cost a fortune to look fabulous. Furthermore, a study conducted by Scarborough Research in 2009 revealed that 48% of teen shoppers say that they are using more coupons at the mall then they have in the past. By using coupons, teens are spending less money on items that can normally cost an arm and a leg.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to fit in with the latest trends or wanting to wear fashionable brands. There not even anything wrong with spending a lot of money on clothing every now and then. However, there is a problem when you feel you have to conform to high-brand styles to fit in. Remember, it does not cost a fortune to be fabulous as long as you establish a budget, use coupons, look for sales, and feel confident in your fashion choices!

This blog post was written by Crystal Stonewall, a junior at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.