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Lauren Johnson Newman English 101: Rhetoric 25 September 2013 Dress to Impress As time progresses, expression through clothing

continues to evolve as expressed by Victoria Lewis' in her Teen Vogue article, Eccentric Company. Lewis explains the importance of self-expression through clothing being portrayed by celebrities as well as by the youth. Noted by Lewis, expression through clothing has become increasingly popular from street-style fashion blogs to New York Fashion Week models displaying Medusa heads incorporated with the next look of the season by Versace. Fashion has transformed into an important component of our culture because it is our only means of separating ourselves from the crowd, and showing who we are compared to everyone else. In the article, Lewis appeals to logos by grabbing your attention from the images of high-end celebrities expressing their own personal style to justify the importance of self-expression. Within the article, Lewis gains credibility by incorporating ideas like her own to justify the importance of self-expression through clothing; Leandra Medine quotes I dress individually because I think individually, my point of view is unique, comical, and often weird, and I want my aesthetic to represent that (230). Medine is elaborating on the concept that self-expression is needed to take yourself away from the group and showcase yourself in a different light. Many of us would quickly look past celebrities if they werent dressed in the seasons newest clothes or the most outrageous outfits such as Lady Gagas infamous meat dress, hence self-expression

gains significance because we dont want to be just another face in the crowd, we want to stand out. In contrast to Lewis point, Lewis includes the opposing view of eighteen year old Juliette who speaks about self-expression by saying, I feel pressure to conform to what I see around me, I want to embrace fashion-forward looks, but only ones my friends are wearing, because I dont want to stick out (230). By this Juliette is saying that she wishes to stand out with her clothing, but she still wants to fit in. Lewis includes this point to further prove her point of the importance of self-expression through fashion because Juliette is afraid of how others will view her however she still wishes to dress differently. The fear of others opinions could be the downfall of people trying to dress differently to express themselves through clothing because if they dont want to leave their comfort zone then they are going to have a difficult time making their dressing style more eccentric. Lewis solidifies the idea of trying to dress out of your comfort zone by communicating that, Just do one thing differently (231). By just starting to do one thing with your personal fashion differently, this could lead to the potential change of your whole style. Lewis recognizes the courage it takes to step away from ones particular way of dressing and offers the idea of gradually incorporating new ideas into their clothing to have a more eccentric style. To conclude, Lewis appeals to logos as well as diction to appeal to her audience. Lewis appeals to logos by the layout of the article being outlined with starlets such as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, wearing elaborate outfits made by world-class designers. This explains to the reader that seeing celebrities dress differently than others should make an impact on how they should dress as well, so they will draw just as much attention to themselves as would a celebrity in their bold outfits. Lewis also appeals to diction by not only using her point of view

but also the perspective of others to justify the means of self-expression through clothing. Lewis tactics of capturing her audience through logos and diction express her excellence as a writer grabbing her audience and keeping them for the duration for her work. Works Cited Lewis, Victoria. "Eccentric Company." Teen Vogue Sept. 2012: 228-31. Print.

Textual Analysis Purpose (20): Successful (A+ thru B): As stated in the Norton, Your goal in analyzing a text is to lead readers through careful examination [considering the rhetorical situation] of the text to some kind of interpretation or reasoned judgment Genre (20): Successful (A+ thru B): Exhibits a strong understanding of academic discourse Contains a thesis that argues for a particular reading of the article Demonstrates insightful evaluation Design/Layout (20): Successful (A+ thru B): Incorporates MLA formatting correctly A Works Cited page is formatted correctly and appears at the end of the essay Audience (20): Successful (A+ thru B): Uses vocabulary appropriate for a college audience Uses grammar and punctuation appropriate for a college freshman Assumes a level of intelligence and sophistication for the audience Offers an intriguing analysis of the article Stance (20): Successful (A+ thru B): Makes an argument for a specific reading of the article Clearly evaluates the success or failure of the article in achieving its purpose Thesis is supported effectively with examples from the text Includes a consistent tone that presents the authors take on the article