How Do Those Around Us Shape Our Style?

Whether you are male or female, your fashion choices can affect both your self image, the impression that you convey to others and in turn, the way in which people behave towards you. They can influence everything from the outcome of a sports match (Hill and Barton, 2005) to an interviewer’s impression of your ability to perform effectively in a job position (Forsythe, 2006).23

Throughout my own life and most likely through a lot of your lives, you’ve probably experienced a question among the lines of: where did I get this style from? I’m talking about everything you wear. Is it from advertisements? Is it from your parents? What truly determines your wardrobe choices?

Firstly, I went to my little sister for her input on why she dresses the way she does. In general, she follows this e-girl, kind of vibe to her outfits. Long eyeliner, with lots of layered dresses and belts and chains. Despite her not wearing the exact style I’m mentioning now in our shoot, she still was able to showcase her style of makeup and her room highlights her style as well. 


The Interview

How does it feel to be so COOL?

Epic. but i dont know broksi i dont think im all that radical.

why do you choose to dress the way you do?

Cause i think it’s fun to wear and make intresting outfits, it makes me happy to wear what i want versus something you could see anywhere. Sometimes i regret it becauss of the attention i get, but overall a very cash money experience and i’d recommend dressing however you want to anyone.

How do you feel others perceive your style?

It really depends on who youre talking about, i get lots of compliments but i also get a lot of nasty looks and people staring. I know my friends and peers like my style they think i look rad but there are a lot of older people and teens that give me really nasty looks. (A lot of the time its because of my shoes but theyre really sick so ion know what those kidz are on)

I know from my own personal experience that she shapes a lot of my fashion choices and just my general outlook on style, but what about other people? In a number of articles I found this:

People not only judge others by what they’re wearing, but their own individual outfits impact their view of themselves.

By looking at these 2 sources I was able to gather how much every individual outfit changes a person’s outlook on life as well as how they want others to perceive them. 


People are not only shaped by current trends to fashion, but in the very being of what they value most.

Within exploring how and why people dress in the ways they do I found a lot to dig deeper into, How do these things reflect upon us as a society? In our world, first impressions mean everything, and those who fall most victim to that often have a more conformist style to themselves. Those who are unafraid to break their boundaries are those who wear the styles they love most and dress the way they want to.

 note that the superficiality of clothing choices are rarely the sole determinant of how people are perceived

In looking into how these people end up seeing themselves¬† and others I was able to find that the ones who most influence our style are not only those around us, but ourselves and our confidence. By showcasing confidence in situations of choice regarding clothing, you are able to reveal a more authentic you. You are able to show the world who you are and who you want to be. People who showcase their authentic self are proven to be more content with life and have fewer regrets than their counterparts who don’t.¬†

In my exploration I found it differs from person to person regarding how one’s style is made up.

Your clothes tell a story about you. If you want to show that your work is clean, sharp, and to the point, you need to dress in clean lines, sharp creases, and (yes) points on your shoes and tie. Even the way you wear your glasses speaks volumes about you

Who is your biggest fashion influence?

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  1. April 24, 2020 by Jason Rogers

    Piper – amazing work. I really enjoyed your video and your content is strong as well!
    Keep it up.
    Mr. Rogers

  2. April 26, 2020 by Emma

    Hi Piper,
    This was a really cool presentation! Your sister seems pretty cool and I’m glad that she is able to dress the way she wants to regardless of what people think about her. Personally, I tend to dress more casually and I like to cover up more because I’m not very confident in my body, but one day I hope to be able to wear clothes in the styles I love without worrying about how I look and what others think! A style influence for me is Harry Styles – not necessarily the way he dresses, but his demeanor and attitude about fashion – because he challenges standard perceptions of masculinity, and I find him really inspiring in that aspect!

    • April 27, 2020 by Lizzy

      Hi Emma, I was going to say Harry Styles as well until I read your comment! I love him and how he always seems to express his true self, I think that’s part of what makes him such an amazing influence for our generation. Have you seen his recent Beauty Papers photoshoot? Loved it. -Lizzy

  3. April 27, 2020 by Mahika

    Hi Piper! I loved the photos and your research on how fashion tells a story of a person’s values, and how fashion can impact self-perception. Fascinating!

  4. April 27, 2020 by Daniel

    Hi. This project has a really interesting topic that can be explored deeply. I liked the interview and the rawness of the responses. If I had to pick a fashion influence it would have to be Tyler the Creator and his clothes. I don’t really know why, but that style for me looks amazing and new, but at the same time not “too much”.
    Good job!

  5. April 28, 2020 by Fay Aljasem

    Hello Piper, I really enjoyed viewing your project. This really brings attention about the things that happen throughout our subconscious and how it affects the way that we present ourselves. I really agree with you on a lot of points like how our style tells a story. The topic is a topic that could be explored endlessly, but I love how you presented it.

  6. April 28, 2020 by Allison Belt

    Thanks for sharing these insights, Piper. Well done!

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