Young people always want to dress differently

This article was written by one of our students for our then school magazine, which was called "The reporter". It's short, but sweet. If you'd like to find out more about our school, leave us a message and we'll get back to you. We teach English to adults from all over the world at our school on the sunny little island of Malta, just beneath Sicily in the Southern Mediterranean. Here's her article...

Some people think young people always want to dress differently form their parents.

Others believe they can wear the same clothes. In this composition, I will discuss both points of view and express my opinion on the matter.

First of all most people with the same character have a similar taste. They like the same things, for example the same clothes on top of that, a lot of young people want to look older. They like to dress up as older people, for instance, like their own parents.
On the other hand a big number of young people don't get on very well with their parents, so they don’t want to look like them. Moreover young people can have another style to their parents. They want to follow the fashion trends, whereas parents sometimes prefer more conservative clothes.
In my opinion, therefore, young people always want to dress differently from their parents, not only because they don’t get on very well with each other, but also because they follow their own trends.

By Lisette Kijl

And now, a word from someone on staff ...

We get a lot of traffic to this article, and whilst it's lovely to showcase the talents of our students, I can't help but throw in my two cents ...

It's all about love at the end of the day. That's sounds strange, but really, when you trace it all down to its core, what you find is the desire of each individual to be recognised and valued as being both an individual, and also a valid member of their community. So there are a couple of major things going on with whatever clothes seem to be in fashion right now.

Firstly, it's about differentiation from parents, and older siblings (although people often want to be like their older siblings, it's unusual for people to actively follow the fashion tips of their folks). To be recognised as an individual with individual needs, hopes, dreams, desires and preferences is the first step on the road to trying to tell the world "Love me for me!". One of the easiest ways to signal "who I am" to all the other people is through the most external and obvious of mediums - our clothing. Everyone does it, and it's part of trying to find or form some sort of identity.

The problem is that there's a second competing force - the desire to be accepted and valued as part of the human community. That sounds grand, but at the practical level, your community is the people you spend most of your time around - friends, classmates, workmates etc etc. There's a constant balance between wanting to be loved as an individual, but also wanting to be accepted as not-so-individual-that-people-call-you-weird-and-leave-you-out-of-things. Subcultures abound for those seeking alternative styles whilst not losing out on the need for a bit of community love.

If you look at it all, it's quite bizarre how every generation seems to want to differentiate itself, and what you end up with is something so ubiquitous that we call it fashion. It's a bit of an odd one. It does make things more interesting and colourful though. How dull it would be if we all looked the same, and how sad it would be if we couldn't enjoy "looking good" with our friends. It's not a bad balance really.