Lately I have been thinking about why people choose to follow fashion trends, especially the ridiculous ones. I recently posted about the history of corsets and it seems so absurd to me that women would follow a trend that in turn created major health risks and harmed vital organs. On the same note, I have been wondering if the pressures to “fit in” were stronger in the nineteenth century or in modern day time. At first the answer was easy, modern day of course. I mean with all of the fashion magazines and the problems with eating disorders, the reconstructive surgery and so on. And yet, during the nineteenth century, if a woman was to break the norms of fashion enormous scandals would uproar and essentially the woman would become ostracized. Is society harsher now than this time? I am really unsure about this, it seems easier to go with either side. Please post comments I would love to hear your opinions on this subject. Also I’ve attached a link to an article on why people follow fashion trends that I found interesting.