In this blog post, I want to tell you more about the symbolism and significance of my favorite color of all, one loaded with meaning – white color.
When people think of a white color first association usually is purity, joy, freshness, well-being. In many different cultures and countries, white has a special purpose, but its general symbolism is lightness. White has a purpose in parts of everyday life, even those you would overlook. For example, it is useful in advertising because when used as a background, it makes the product stand out. In medicine, there is a reason we see doctors and surgeons in white lab coats. It makes them recognizable for their skills and expertise and invokes a sense of cleanliness.
The symbolism of The White Color
There are endless associations and interpretations of white color all around the world. One might think of white as an aristocratic color. It instills a sense of wealth and sophistication. White also signifies innocence, which is why in many cultures, a white dress is worn on the wedding day, although I am personally a supporter of the alternative. White implies the opportunity for new beginnings. On the color wheel, white color always appears first. It is a fresh start and the chance for something spotless and immaculate.
Another interpretation of white is progress. That is why I always advise wearing at least one piece of clothing that is white, especially if a person is about to make new decisions. One of the less known facts is that white color negates fatigue and lack of stamina. We all have those days when our energy is at a minimum, tiredness is visible on our faces but we still have so much to do and overcome. On these days, I suggest an overall white look with very simple and minimalist makeup. You will find yourself armed against our greatest daily enemy: tiredness.
White color inspires courage and confidence. White opens us up to new aspirations and goals. However, due to its neutrality, I think that white should always be combined with another color, which will not only add an appealing contrast but will also make it more stylish.
White In Fashion
In terms of fashion, white color is mostly worn during the summer. Although in my opinion, it should be worn during the entire year and not confined to just one season. It is true that it is not the easiest color for wearing because it “gets dirty” quickly, but on the other hand black, green, blue clothes also get dirty and that doesn’t stop us from wearing them, right?
As you know from reading my blogs, I’m a firm believer that our personality and inner state are always connected to our behavior. With this in mind, I suggest that you look at the changes that are happening to you and around you. Take a closer look and ask how these changes correlate with your current state of mind and the colors you choose to wear.
While researching colors and their healing effect on us, I was reminded many times of non-verbal communication. How we feel on the inside expresses on the outside not just through clothing, but also through colors.
I will admit that this color sometimes requires courage to wear. My attitude towards fashion is that sometimes we find ourselves wanting a break from the already established trends. It is important to try something new because maybe you are ready for a change without really knowing. And that’s why I suggest beginning your journey and growth with white.
What is aesthetics? How does aesthetics determine us? Who are esthetes? These are just a few of the questions I have asked myself countless times over the years.
Aesthetics In Theory
Aesthetics is a word of Greek origin, and it means to be observable or sensitive, as interpreted by the philosopher Immanuel Kant. In the science of art, aesthetic signifies the beautiful or pleasing.
In philosophy, aesthetics is defined as a special form of human creation. It is a specific branch of philosophy that examines and appreciates everything that is beautiful and valuable in addition to the essence of an artwork. In the visual arts, as well as in other disciplines, wherever the senses are involved, aesthetics play a role. It might be the color, the shape, the content, the movement, the sound… But one thing is for sure, it always stems from our inherent tastes and instincts.
Everyone is inclined towards the aesthetic because of our senses. Some people might have a stronger sense of it than others, but it is within all of us and will cause an attraction towards some things and a repellence from others. What is most important and perhaps most interesting is that we all have a different sense of aesthetics. This diversity is what makes us all individuals; what some people are drawn to, others cannot stand. If you take anything away from my words, please remember the importance of being who you are and accepting your taste and style as part of you.
Aesthetics In Everyday Life
First of all, let’s discuss the importance of our inner aesthetics. In order for something to be considered a work of art – and everything can be considered as art with the right perspective – we need to possess a certain set of senses that recognizes it as so. When it comes to aesthetics, our inner voice will lead us to develop and follow our own sense of style. What you find beautiful is just one of many examples. This is why I believe it is so important to follow your instincts because that is what determines so many of our actions and decisions.
External or material aesthetics vary as well and often reflect how we feel internally. I can easily remember my first fashion collection and the inner state I was in at that time. The natural flow from my thoughts and emotions to the physical garment is “cleansing,” and this process can be noticed in each of my collections that followed. Of course, there were “wanderings” and searches, and the two – the internal and external – did not always align. If I wanted to experiment with my creations I never restrained myself but I rather experimented freely.
I often like to see someone’s work and feel their energy. It can tell me more about the creator’s personal aesthetic than their words might say. Sometimes, my own set of aesthetics will not match, but that is completely natural. After all, we are not all the same.
As someone whose aesthetics are very important to them, but also particular and specific to whom I am, I know why it is so important for every person to develop their own. No matter what, you will find that your set of aesthetics will pull you in one way or another.
The relationship between art and aesthetics is very close and sometimes hard to distinguish, but their importance is great if we learn how to create something new and express ourselves through it.
Fashion (non)sense is a topic a wanted to write about for a long time. Every human being has a natural drive to create, make something new, get inspired, get recognized by doing something great. To me, all of those new ideas and innovations are a form of ART. But still, there is a nonsense that is very common in the fashion world. A person will be a true fashion lover yet afraid to experiment and play with clothes. Almost all ready-to-wear brands will copy haute couture designs instead of making their own designs.
So what exactly is blocking creativity when it comes to fashion?
Fashion (non)sense and designers
As a fashion designer, two things are very important to me – fashion events and new trends. Through fashion events I keep up with fresh trends, new styles, all those things are important for the process of creation and visualization. Every fashion designer strives to find inspiration that will help him design unique and authentic pieces.
That’s what made every big designer or brand famous worldwide. For example, when you see a Medusa head with gold details on a shirt you know that it’s from a Versace collection, which is a trademark Gianni created for his brand. And that is the point, fashion designers are creating THEIR fashion. However, we see so many copies then? Is it a business decision or a lack of ideas? Many ready-to-wear brands are copying haute couture designs which sound great, but there are a ton of reasons why this is bad. They use poor quality material, clothes are being produced in an unethical environment, time and the energy certain designer dedicated to the designing process is basically disrespected and can be treated as an abuse of intellectual property, and the list goes on. I will write more about this topic in one of the future posts.
Fashion (non)sense in everyday life
Having a fashion sense is not a question of a luxury anymore. It is our way of “silent” communication with others. It’s a way of showing to the world who we are. But even though we have complete freedom to express ourselves through our fashion style many people hide behind plane jeans and T-shirts.
Through my fashion consultant work, I noticed that many of my clients were afraid of what other people would say or think of their outfits. They were afraid that people will judge them and dislike their fashion style. If you are reading this and you recognize yourself in these words please read carefully the next paragraph.
You shouldn’t dress for others but only for yourself! Use fashion to express yourself, play with it, and have fun! Some people will notice and salute our way of styling, some will dislike it, some will be indifferent. But all of that doesn’t matter. Only important thing is to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing because only then you will feel truly confident and happy. Explore different styles, find inspiration for something new.
For me, the greatest inspiration is traveling. Experiencing different cultures, meeting new people, learning about their way of life, history, architecture… All of that always fascinated me. The crucial thing for me is the energy of the city and the people in it. Each of these travel experiences gave me ideas which I later translated into new creations.
No matter if you are a fashion designer or a fashion lover, take care of your fashion sense and don’t try to be someone else. Go out there, get passionate, and be creative. You will be amazed by the results.
Photo by Nikola Bradonjic
I’m a firm believer that self-expression through fashion is something that each person should practice. We are all unique and we should show what makes us different with pride. How we dress has a huge part in the first impression we leave on people. Also, we always dress according to the mood we’re in. Think about the colors you choose when you’re happy, of the type of clothes you choose when you’re feeling confident. To put it simply – your outfit communicates nonverbally with people as much as you do verbally.
Self-Expression From the Designer’s Perspective
When I’m working on my collections, I often have a vision of a woman I’m trying to create for. Although collections are different, they are still related to the same thread that connects them all. Good style is all that is related to us, what is in us, and that is our charisma, energy, above all, life awareness, and fashion. Often women might not be noticed just by what she’s wearing, but much more by her aura and charisma.
On the fashion scene, we see well-styled shows, from the beginning to the end. It’s a well-told story and concept made by designers or stylists. It is necessary to think about every detail, but it is crucial to be moderate because if you overdo it, it can create completely opposite effect on the audience.
Self-Expression Through Fashion Is Fun
Lifestyle, the music we listen to, the places we go to, it all affects how we dress and what we like to wear. Based on that how we dress, not just for making premature conclusions, one can imagine what kind of life we live in. What is particularly interesting is the connection between interior design and us. I had the opportunity to see the different living spaces of different clients, and just by looking around, I could conclude what is that person’s occupation, which is the colors he/she likes, and what is their fashion style.
What we hear most often is that good style comes with a lot of money, but it is far from the truth. Good style doesn’t always mean using expensive stuff. Perfect styling often can be achieved with small details, accessories, and the way they are incorporated. There is also the makeup. With good makeup and appropriate jewelry, we can highlight a very simple dress.
Self-Expression through fashion is something that most of us don’t think about. I think that’s a shame not to play with your style and experiment. It’s a fun way to get to know yourself and to be creative. Fashion and art should not be separated. From the perspective of the designer, inspiration is the most important thing. Whether it is in the detail, in a person, or in an object, it drives us to create something new and innovative. That is when the beautiful process of designing starts.