If fashion is about individual expression
Fashion is NOT about individual expression, you confusing fashion with art.
Fashion is about creating an identity that not unique to a person, but unique to a group, more suited to a clan, tribe or pact. That why there are so many followers of fashion, fashion sets a trend for people to follow, an identity to show you are part of that recognised group.
In reality a D T shirt performs the same function as a budget shirt, but the budget brand doesn show that you are part of the D clan, giving you feelings of superiority over budget buyers.
So, choose your own look. Forget what others look like and become a work of art, an expression of yourself. Be yourself!
Mr. m4rkym, thats not correct. Fashion may set trends but the last time I looked outside no one was wearing the exact same thing. Trends are set but its what we choose to do with pieces of fashion that creates uniquess. Two people may own the same shirt but it almost impossible that they will ever wear it the same. Fashion is an art. Its very difficult to confuse two things that are identical. Fashion is individual expression. And I didnt realize that we were talking about the KKK because I highly doubt that fashion is a high prority with them since they all wear those white robes. Hell thats a fashion statement in itself. Might want to consider that.:)
Because people are pathetic, in order to be accepted you have to show your financial status to your peers, so they know what group to stereotype you in.
They judge you by the clothes you wear etc etc. If you can afford to be hip hoppy cool, fine.
The best thing to do to combat this situation is to not let your parents buy your clothes. Learn how to dress yourself and coordinate your own style that makes you unique. It doesn matter what other people think of you, but what you think of yourself.
There are different contexts for fashion an individual may have his or her own sense of style and expression, and this might eventually be co opted by the dominant culture creation agency. Usually, the culture makers think ahead of the mass fashion and then TELL us what WILL be fashionable (“the new Spring colors are.”) Early adherents seem stylish, and then the masses adopt this same style in an attempt to conform. Someone who operates outside of this cycle seems unique until someone on the inside of the system decides that that mode of expression is salable (the guy with the ripped jeans is counter culture until Vogue decides that ripped jeans are “in”; my clothes used to be “old” but now they are “retro” next week, they just be “old” again).