Fashion is important because clothing and accessories can illustrate culture, indicate membership of a group or demonstrate values and beliefs. It is also a way to highlight favorable cosmetic attributes.
Although fashion is a popular way to express oneself physically, there are situations in which clothing options are limited or selective. Special events, such as weddings and high-school homecoming or prom dances, require attendees to dress formally. Additionally, companies and businesses interviewing potential employees may request that the interviewee come dressed appropriately, which typically means no jeans, tennis shoes, T-shirts or anything considered too casual. These standards are in place because a sense of fashion leaves a good first impression, and an employer or the host of an event may desire to create a certain atmosphere.