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Adolescents and Fashion

By Roodeetah Mungur B.Ed French Hons 2011-2012 F\T

Definition of fashion
• Fashion is the prevailing mode of expression but quite often applies to a personal mode of expression that may or may not apply to all.
• Fashion pertains to almost everything someone does (the way they talk, the way they walk, the way
they dress, the way they spend their money, the music they listen to, etc).

Teens start to develop their independence and unique opinions about life's issues. • Teenagers are in a time of their lives where they are experimenting with new modes of expression. fashion. trying to "fit in".Fashion at school • The Teenage Years represent the transition period into adulthood. .

fashion is first and foremost a social statement. • It is an outward means of expression to their peers and the rest of the world. what they value .Why students follow fashion at school? • Statement • For teenagers. • Ref to Erikson’s theory of identity • Defining what they are.

" "goth.Why do students follow fashion at school?(2) • Identity • ( identity confusion-definition of the self." etc. lack of direction thus they are unprepared for the stages of adulthood) • Fashion also provides teenagers a sense of identity by signaling which “neo tribes" they belong to (“emo." "punk.). .

.Why do students follow fashion at school?(3) • Attraction • Teens can be extremely conscious about overall image when it comes to sexual attraction. • They will often exploit fashion as a means to attract a certain type of person. • They want to seek attention of others.

Since rebellion is often a huge aspect of a teenager's life. .Why do students follow fashion at school?(4) • Rebellion • This may also be acted out via fashion. it is not surprising that teens often use shocking fashion to rebel against their parents. their friends and/or society.

. • Poor fashion choices in the eyes of others can often be an open door to ridicule.Why do students follow fashion at school?(5) • Peer Pressure • Many teens pick up on fashion trends in an effort to escape from humiliation and mocking from peers.

. • Celebrities are perhaps the greatest influences on teenagers in the modern world.Why do students follow fashion at school?(6) • Celebrities • Often. fashion for teenagers is the result of the desire to be like a celebrity. and they can have a huge impact on a teen's ideas about fashion and its importance.

and often times their TV shows. .Why do students follow fashion at school?(7) • Teen idols. such as Mylie Cyrus in "Hannah Montana" et “les Jonas Brothers” can impact teenagers’ wardrobe.

. • Some of the more outrageous fashion decisions a teenager makes may be made as the result of a desire to rebel against his parents. they get a lot of their fashion sense from their parents.Why do students follow fashion at school?(8) • Parents • As much as some teens hate to admit it. • This is typically true for scandalous clothing or piercings.

What is considered popular or hot now might become outdated next month. music and celebrities all influence a teen's choice in fashion. Their taste in fashion is ever changing.Fashion among teenagers • Teens are very self-conscious as they develop and mature into young adults. Movies. Magazines about video games. • Influences • Teens are susceptible to the media as they are still trying on different identities. Boys • There are far more magazines devoted to teen girls' fashion than teen boys'. sports or computers are more popular among teen boys. (motor mag) . • Girls vs. TV shows.

. CosmoGIRL. but fashion-conscious teen girls are well aware of those brand names. They might not be able to afford designer clothing such as Chanel or Prada on their own. Teen People. • Brand-Consciousness • Clothing is one of the top purchases teen girls make. Teen Vogue and ELLE Girl. Essentiel give a glimpse into what trends are currently popular among teen girls.Fashion among teenagers(2) • Teen Magazines • Magazines such as Seventeen.

Examples of fashion trends at school • Girls wear:• • • • short uniforms & multi colored socks same type of shoes & accessories same branded school bags & pencil case same hair style & hair dye (Examples from SBE) .

. listening to the same type of music • Girls feel the need:• to swear • to steal only to be able to buy expensive stuffs.Examples of fashion trends at school(2) • Girls have the same model of mobile phones.

Examples of fashion trends at school(3) Girls feel the need:• to have a boyfriend as their friends have one • to bunk classes and school as their friends are doing it. • to smoke and drink within school premises as their friends are doing it. .

socks & other accessories • to swear to make themselves respected by others • to differentiate themselves by adopting different hair styles • to wear torn trousers .Examples of fashion trends at school(4) • Boys need:• to wear branded shoes.

Its effects on teaching and learning in our schools .

• A tendency to neglect those having weird fashion styles and way of talking. caused by behavior of the the • Teachers will prefer to work more with the “good students”.Effects of fashion on teaching & learning • Bad impression appearance and students. • Disruption in class due to misbehavior .

• The teen will be absent from school since (s)he is having problems. • It can lead to police cases.Effects of fashion on teaching& learning (2) • Cases of thefts might be recorded because teens will need money to buy their stuffs. This will affect the schooling of the teen. • Poor academic performance .

• Learning can’t take place in such situations.Effects of fashion on teaching & learning (3) • Having a boyfriend is also dangerous. • This will force the girl to stop coming to school as she will have to face the taunts of everyone. • There can be cases of rape or sexual abuse • There can be cases of early pregnancy. • It can affect the child in the long run. (school policy) .

(Brigade de mineurs) ( absenteeism) .Effects of fashion on teaching & learning (4) • Bunking classes and school can be also dangerous. (school policy) • The teen might get a special report. • Poor academic performance. • This can also lead to police cases. or a temporary or even a permanent rustication.

• Poor academic performance .Effects of fashion on teaching & learning (5) • Smoking and drinking in the school can also lead to rustication or even police cases. • Teen can get clashes from their parents which will disturb them.

• They will feel ashamed of the deeds of their teens. • Poor academic performance . • This may also give rise to absenteeism.Effects of fashion on teaching & learning (6) • Parents may refuse to send them to school or refuse to take their responsibilities.

good behavior will bring more marks. (extrinsic motivation) • Rules and regulations of the school should be respected by every student.(indirect way to pass on the messages) .Solutions • Good conduct. • Teachers should not be overdressed since they are the role models for the students. • Teachers can sensitize the students through the essay classes.

.Conclusion • Teachers should value the personality of the students irrespective of the students’ appearances. creed and caste.

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