Teens vs. labels
In today’s society the need among teens to have certain clothing labels is prevalent.
“Today guidance counselors and psychologist say fashion bullying has reached a new level of intensity as more designers launch collections targeted at youth,” according to the "Wall Street Journal. "
Labels such as True Religion, Polo, Nike, Jordan, Levis, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors seem like a necessity for teens today, and if one doesn’t have it then he or she is considered "not cool."
Students at Germantown High have differing views over this issue.
“I think clothing labels cause a lot of controversy among students because everyone is concerned about wearing the newest clothes; however, I do think it is a necessity to wear them because of the way they fit and the quality of the material,” stated sophomore Jalon Thomas.
While these labels may offer better quality, the name associated with it may not be the only factor.
“I think everyone is worried to much about having the newest labels, but I personally don't have a lot of that so I don't think its a necessity, but if I see some clothing that's really good, no matter what brand, I would buy it,” said sophomore Cardiesha Morris.
No matter the quality, though, some students realize that the "Wall Street Journal" ideas are true.
“I do see people get treated a certain way because of what they wear. and I think teens wear clothing labels to school to impress people,” stated freshmen Taleia Baughns.
This attempt to impress also seems to have a specific motive.
“I think the reason people wear clothing labels are because they are expensive and if you wear them people think you have money,” stated freshmen Joshua Collier.
In some cases though, the focus is about personal choice.
“I do wear labels, but it's all about being yourself and not trying to always fit in,” stated sophomore Morgan Richmond.
Overall, the choice to wear and to judge lies with the individual, but sometimes only one thing matters.
“I don't look at people differently because of what they wear. It's all about what you can afford. If it's cute, I would wear it!” said sophomore Jalon Thomas.