Fashion is a form of art that allows people to express themselves. Going through trauma is bound to take a toll on a person’s psychology especially if defenceless. Most children who go through trauma, for example, victims of rape, physical abuse, psychological abuse, war and neglect, may lack a way to express or communicate their feelings. If time fails to heal the trauma, you need a form of recovery. This is where fashion comes in. Being able to voice your feelings hence telling your story are the first steps to recovery.
Choosing what to wear, when and where to wear it, can give a sense of control over your personal life. It goes a long way to boost your self-esteem as it establishes a sense of identity. With fashion, you have the freedom to express yourself as it is a practical art that you live every day.
Putting painful memories and emotions in the way you present yourself to the world helps to safely contain them giving you coping skills. For instance, when feeling depressed needing your alone time, dressing in dark or grey clothes that cover up will tell people to keep off in a non-verbal means. Fashion can therefore be therapeutic.