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We all know what IQ is, and some of us may even know what EQ is, but is anyone aware of their Fashion IQ? If you are expecting an interactive short quiz testing your knowledge on trends, labels, or designers, you will be horridly disappointed. Your fashion IQ has nothing to do with your knowledge about the world of fashion. Actually, it is the way you perceive fashion, its intent and purpose.
For subscribetofashion.com, there are three basic groups that place you either in the high, average or low category of fashion intelligence:
Highest Fashion IQ
Haute couture or avant-garde is deemed the highest and most respected category of fashion. Most of you would probably scratch their head as to why this is. Most people would even think that because it is too innovative for its time, who would even want to wear it.
We’ve always had this idea that fashion should be appealing or attractive to the masses. However, we forgot that beauty is actually in varying forms, and that it is most prevalent through expression. That like in every other piece of everyday clothes we have, haute couture also has beauty in it. Whether it is based on a mood, a vision, or a statement, the intent is no longer to impress, or simply attract, but rather to express.
Average Fashion IQ
The average fashion IQ is equated to an individual’s ability to use fashion to look more attractive. In order to benefit from their social circumstances, many people follow trends set by celebrities, co-workers, or school mates, and perceive it as a way to label one’s individuality.
At this level, the mental understanding of fashion is purely based on how you look rather than how you feel or think, making it rather easy to manipulate. This is largely the reason fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry; for people buy something because it is merely a trend.
Lowest Fashion IQ
The lowest fashion IQ is awarded to those who view clothing as a way to sell themselves. An instance where this is often shown is when clothes are used as sexual innuendos. Its main purpose is to manipulate the tension between naked and covered bodies, and the clothes do not really matter—hence fashion does not really matter.