Fashion and Madness; How we got this far
As universal citizens, we would agree that fashion has come a long way; from the days when wearing baggy jeans was fashionable to the days when wearing sharkskin pants was considered having a unique sense of fashion. There was even a time when skinny jeans were fashionable. It is also important before going into this discourse to know that although everyone has a right to wear anything he or she wishes, there is equally a very important part moderation has to play in all things
However, in recent times, it has been discovered that the sense of moderation, in dressing has been lost. Take an example of an average mad man on the street. What are his typical features;
Tattered tops, torn pants, sometimes he’s without shoes and when he does have shoes, they’re torn. Let’s ask ourselves, is that not the similitude of what fashion has become today? Well, in my opinion, Yes! Some years ago, what did we consider being fashionable as concerning dressing; in men, a shirt or t-shirt, with sneakers or corporate shoes as the case may be while in ladies, a simple blouse with skirt or trousers as the case may be. However, as this so-called ‘woke generation’ has evolved, we have substituted modesty for madness as people now wear outrageous dresses. In fact, some have taken it to the extremes of stepping out of their houses almost naked (I’m pretty sure that the images are already forming in your head already).
After examining this, the question we need to ask ourselves is how have we gotten this far? The first point of call is the family; yes, the family. The family as one of the most important institutions of socialization has a great responsibility when it comes to fashion and they have irrevocably failed. Although, there are some people who willingly go perverse, a lot of people most of the time, have a family problem when it comes to how they dress.
Indeed, a lot of families today, have failed in their responsibility of instilling the values of modesty in their kids when it comes to their fashion choices. By implication, when these ones grow, they begin to dress like mad men thereby circulating the ‘madness syndrome’ In the society.
In fact, some families and indeed mothers as pillars of the home, buy these abominable dresses for their children and wards from when they are little. What this does is that it damages the value system of these kids making them feel that it is until when they dress as mentally deranged persons that they have attained the peak of fashion.
The ripple effect of this is that, first it corrupts the society as it makes all sense of modesty and morality to collapse; makes the tendency for rape, in ladies higher and consequently takes away the sense of sanity in everyone.
It is therefore, important for families to gird their loins and stop breeding ‘mad-men’, it is important for fathers to begin to speak to their sons on the importance of applying modesty to their ‘swagz’ for mothers to start to speak to their daughters about the need to employ decency when ‘slaying’ it is important for the society at large to stop glorifying madness in the place of fashion. We can still be fashionable without being mad.