We all need to wear clothing. That’s simply just a fact of life. Here in the United States, clothing is important not just for the sake of modesty (and what has been deemed as inappropriate and appropriate) but for protection as well. Summer days can be long and hot in certain parts of the country, and the right clothing can help to provide protection against the sun, sparing the tender skin beneath. Conversely, much of the country grows incredibly cold during the winter months, and wearing the right clothing is absolutely essential for staying safe in the cold.
But clothing doesn’t have to be strictly utilitarian – it can fashionable and full of creativity as well. In fact, many people choose to express their creativity through the clothes that they wear, even when those articles of clothing serve a purpose that is set aside from creativity as well. And the creativity that we express through clothing has become more important than ever before, especially as the typical woman here in the United States now owns, on average, at least thirty outfits. Back in the 1920s, this number of outfits was only at a low average of nine.
Clearly, fashion and creativity are becoming more important than ever before, something that can be seen in recently gathered data on the subject. For instance, fashion designers are becoming more employable than ever. By the time that we reach the year of 2026, now less than ten full years away, the overall employment of fashion designers in this country is expected to have grown by nearly five percent since the year of 2016, a truly impressive number when we look at the fashion industry.
Spending is up on clothing and various other textiles as well. From sunglasses to a polo shirt for men to fashion for women, it’s been estimated that a typical family here in the United States is likely to spend more than one thousand and five hundred dollars on clothing and various other fashion products (often used to express creativity as well as for functional purposes) over the course of just one year. The average American woman alone will spend as many as one hundred hours looking and buying clothing.
But why are people spending more money on fashion now than ever before? Fashion as a way to express creativity is certainly a part of it, but it is far from the only reason that this has become the case. Largely, the growth in the fashion industry (not only here in the United States but all throughout the world as a whole as well) can be attributed to the growth of e-commerce. In the last few years, the internet has become widely accessible to billions upon billions of people all across the planet and with the growth of the internet, the industry of e-commerce has been able to grow quite rapidly as well.
In fact, this growth has been so impressive that the industry of e-commerce is now at a value of more than four hundred billion dollars. In the years that are to come, this figure is only expected and anticipated to rise on a exponential basis. By the time that we reach the year of 2022, it’s expected to top more than seven hundred billion dollars in the world of fashion alone. For while many people once felt hesitant to buy their clothing online, this hesitation has been shown to be quickly fading away and more people than ever before have begun to purchase much of their wardrobe from an online platform.
For one thing, it is a super convenient way to shop, ideal for many people who don’t necessarily have the time to go to a brick and mortar store to find their clothing. Shopping online for clothing also gives the average shopper a wider range of sizes to choose from, something that is particularly ideal for very small people and very large people alike, as it can be all too difficult for such people to find the clothing that fits them in brick and mortar stores. In addition to this, there are more styles to choose from, often at better prices.