Monthly Archives: February 2013

Conspicuous Consumption Consumes the Ragmarkets

“Second-Hand Dresses and the Role of the Ragmarket” by Angela McRobbie discusses how “second-hand style has offered young people, at a time of recession, for participating in fashion” (McRobbie, p.135). She continues to state that “most of the youth subcultures of the postwar period have relied on second-hand clothes found in jumble sales and ragmarkets […]

Is conspicuous consumption really gone?

This week we challenged some of Veblen’s ideas of conspicuous consumption, in which he states that the upper classes  use fashion as a way to display wealth. Conspicuous consumption becomes a way to emulate to others your monetary value through the use of time and  the act of purchasing  impractical material things, and in this […]

No More Mainstream

            People use clothing as a way of shaping their identities and expressing themselves. Some try to be individualistic while others stick to the unspoken rules of fashion in order to conform and avoid judgment in the society. Second hand styling and ripped jeans are similar in that they both emerged […]

Ashley’s Board: Accessible and Attainable Fashion

Ashley’s Pinterest board regarding “trickle down fashion” focuses on the idea of accessible and attainable fashion that does not tend to discriminate based on social class or wealth. These pins are relevant because in class this week, we discussed “second-hand style” and a new way of thinking about “conspicuous consumption.” While walking down the street […]

Fashion on display

The word fashion may denote a way of life, a representation of a status, a social identity among other things. The power of fashion relies on its diversity and on its ability to mean and represent many things at once. Some associate fashion with beauty and various types of clothes, some with a lifestyle, and […]

DYI: Gold Digging 101 (Write-up on Marcela’s Board)

Fashion is like clay.  Each morning, individuals are granted power to mold their image into any given shape or form. The process of self-creation is performed to appear to others who we wish to be. In class, we’ve touched upon the many functions of fashion as the markers of an individuals’ identity, whether it be […]

“It may look like I have it all–but I want more”: class and consumption

Bourdieu states in the introduction of Distinction, “cultural needs are the product of upbringing and education” (Bourdieu, 1). As a result of all the variances in needs (emphasis on the needs, not wants) a social hierarchy of consumers has been created. He claims consumption is actually not an act, but a form of communication in […]