Mainstream fashion is something that is trendy and popular that most people would wears them such as UGG, jeans, and tights. A counter-cultural fashion would be Hipsters. According to urbandictionary.com, “hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses.”
But I agree with the book that now a days there is no definite line between what is mainstream and what is counter-cultural because stores like forever21 sells apparels that is mainstream fashion and hipster style.
Forever 21 have successfully changed the hipster style into a mainstream fashion, they carry a lot of garment style and design is inspired by hipster style.
Is fashion a way of social distinction and social status? Yes, I believe fashion is a way to distinguish yourself and others. Wealthier people buy and wear designer brands because they can afford it, look classier and different from all other people. Obviously, ordinary people cannot afford a $300 hundred thousand dollar blouse, $1000 for a pair of heels, or a $6000 suit for men. Thus being able to wear certain garment does represent different social status. Anyone can afford to have a nice accessories but not everyone can afford a whole closet of designer clothes.
and neatly, they look nicer and they are more motivated, socialize, and perform better. An example will be me, when I look nice and pretty I feel happy, good about myself and I am nicer to people, want to do a lot of things. And there are times that I am too lazy to dress up and put makeup on, then I don’t feel so good about myself, and I am self-conscious about the way I look.