考虑到人们经常把时尚的概念概括为仅仅是衣服和服装。然而，这种时尚已经超出了人们的普遍认知。Alvesson et al(2008)认为，时尚是一种文化现象，因为它与符号和意义联系在一起。因此，它是一种既具有视觉性又具有直接性的即时传播方式。它是一种时尚，使个人能够对自己和身份作出声明。
因此，自我实现是通过对时尚的利用而实现的(Fiore and Kim, 1997)。服装、实物、时尚配饰的使用，为个体塑造自我提供了视觉传达。这使愿望能够获得某些特性，并决定个人更喜欢属于的社会群体的方式。这就意味着，个体所遵循的某种时尚风格是属于某一社会群体的，而不是与其他非偏好群体相关联的。时尚可以包括与服装无关的其他组成部分，因为它也与配饰、化妆和发型有关。
It is to consider that the people often generalize the concept of fashion to the mere clothing and dresses. However, the fashion extends beyond the common perception. As suggested by Alvesson et al (2008), the fashion can be regarded as cultural phenomenon since it is linked with the symbols and meanings. Therefore, it is the instant method of both visual and direct nature of communication. It is the fashion which enables the individuals to make statements regarding their self and identities.
Hence, the self-realization occurs with respect to identity from the utilization of fashion (Fiore and Kim, 1997). The usage of clothing, physical items, and fashion accessories enable the visual communication for the individuals for portraying their self. This enables aspirations to acquire certain identity and determination of the manner of social group to which the individual prefers belonging. This implies that the individuals conform to certain fashion style that can gain belong to certain social groups and does not perform such styles that others groups of non-preferred nature are associated with. Fashion can involve other components that are not associated with the clothing as it is also linked to the accessories, make-up and hair styling.
Similarly, the clothing is associated with the protection, practicality and functionality which are not associated with fashion (Mallory, 2001). The clothing within the context of fashion is considerable as majority of the instant assumptions are made by the people through the mere observational of the dress or clothing worn by individual. These observations illustrate the belonging of the individual to their respective region, work occupation and position of economic nature held by the individual. Therefore, as asserted by Angerosa (2014), the fashion is concerned with the identity and self-realization.