At the start of each year we gather together and share our New Year’s Resolutions. We strive to eat healthier, exercise more and become the best versions of ourselves because this is the blank slate we’ve been waiting for all year – ‘New Year, New Me.’ For teenagers, however, the best time to forge a new beginning is at the start of a fresh school year. Transitioning from one grade to the next allows a three-month period for one to change, grow and mature. Many kids go into the school year with a brand new mindset, a new idea of who they want to be, and what better time to follow through with that change than new classes, new classmates and new teachers.
Some experience a change in the way they want to dress, in a way, they want to alter their appearance. They want to be seen in a different light and they want their wardrobe to reflect this newfound identity.
Some change the way they act, their personality if you will. These teens are slowly discovering who they are as individuals rather than who everyone expects them to be.
Others go into the school year with the mindset of changing their friends. They no longer want to be associated with whatever group they were the year before because their morals have changed, in essence, they no longer has the same interests as those kids from last year.
A change in taste of clothing can be attributed to newfound self-awareness. Our clothing is a means of reflecting our true selves to those passer-byers who may not know anything about us. Clothing is a form of displaying who we are. Much like writing personal essays, our clothes describe our story, our experience and how we view the world. Clothing can be so expressive that those who don’t know much about us can gain some piece of insight into our life just by observing what we wear.
By changing our clothing, we’re reflecting our personality. Any adjustments we make to our wardrobe relays alterations in our interests, morals or view of the world around us. As our character becomes more solidified, so will our style.
People gain insight into our world through the clothing we wear. They create preconceived notions of our identity by the clothes we wear and how we present ourselves. So, if we’re looking to gain new or different friends, our clothes will be a signal as to what group we wish to belong.
Whatever change you may experience just know that your teenage years are about change, they are about discovery, they are about trying out a million different styles until you find the one that best suits you. Change, though scary at times, is necessary for the growth and development of any human and what better way to carry out this change than with the beginning of a new school year, your blank slate is waiting.
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