At a time when the body is transforming, a teenager feels the need to be noticed and receive feedback. To fulfill this need, they use fashion as an essential means to achieve their goals. Their visual message to society says a lot about their intentions and feelings.
SPREADING THE PERFECT IMAGE
Adolescence is a difficult time for everyone, especially the teenager himself. Indeed, the end of childhood plunges them into a world that they do not know and that they must nevertheless master. The changes that take place not only on the outside, but also on the inside, give rise to new feelings, such as attraction and love. To learn how to deal with these, fashion becomes the ideal ally. In order to be able to share and express his feelings, he adopts the look that shows him at his best, in order to capture attention in the first instance. The rest will depend on the feedback, to confirm whether the image he has conveyed has been well perceived and has caused the expected result.
A MEANS OF SEDUCTION
The look plays an important role in creating a click in others, especially the opposite sex. Everything is effectively played out at first glance, and in order not to jeopardize an opportunity for conquest, the teenager will then use his or her appearance as a means of seduction. As some individuals of the animal species spread their pheromones to attract and seduce, the teenager uses fashion and his look in particular to send a message to his hunting ground, with the aim of creating an attraction for him. Depending on the results and with experience, he will use it more and more to learn to recognize, live and assume his nascent sexuality.
MAINTENANCE OF THE PHYSICAL ASSET
Taking care of one’s appearance then becomes an obligation for the young person, since it allows him or her to maintain the influence and attraction he or she exerts on others. By expressing themselves through this visual medium, adolescents learn to master their art to ensure that they always achieve their goal of pleasing, and perhaps more. They must take care of the look they have created and used to get what they want, or risk breaking the spell and finding themselves completely rejected and excluded.