I've been thinking about this question for a while and it has occurred to me that there has been a turning point in my understanding of fashion. I was in Oxford Street yesterday and when first arriving felt the familiar excitement of being in the vicinity of the biggest collection of clothes shops in London. However, I mistakenly (very mistakenly) chose to go during the rush hour when there were literally thousands of people trying to get in and out of every shop. This is when I noticed people were wearing the same clothes; the H&M top that I had just seen in the shop, or those Primark jeans that have been around for about a year now or the free scarf from the cover of Elle that I got two months ago. Just a few of these coincedences began to make me think. Of course I know that people have to end up with the same clothes, but I had never really let this thought go any further. We end up in the same outfits and the same style of clothes because these are what the world around us tells us are the acceptable things to wear at the moment. This led me to wonder why I then go on to buy what I'm told to buy. Is it because I like to fit in and to feel I have 'got it right'? Is it also because I believe it willl make me more attractive/approachable if I am wearing what everyone else does. I think both these things are partially true. I also think it requires a lot of courage or self assurance to go against the stereotype of fashion. People will always look at someone who is dressed differently to others and see them as the 'outsider'. To most people and in certain ways to myself, it is too much effort to go against the norm. However, I believe that fashion should not just be a way of trying to fit in and make others see you as included. I personally would like to take my interpretations of fashion further and try to look beyond the current and 'fashionable' trends. Instead of dressing for others I want to also try and find a sense of dressing for myself, finding clothes and styles that I like for reasons other than that of social politics. In a way gaining a sense of self that is independent from anyone else and not broken down by anothers criticism is one of the most important steps that anyone can take, not just in fashion but in any area of personal identity.