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Does it really matter what we wear on the outside if we are good people on the inside?
Does it really matter what we wear on the outside if we are good people on the inside?

Yes, haters, fashion is important

It's funny how sometimes it's the small things that will make you re-evaluate your life.

Yesterday afternoon, just as I was settling in to write an article on the 10 must-have items for fall, my computer hit the skids.
Error messages everywhere, password requests, an odd-colored screen. My Macbook was having a mid-life crisis.

Luckily, our resident computer guy was in the office, and able to fix my problem.

But, as he was about to walk away, he hesitated. "Jordan, I need to ask you a question. I hope you don't take it he wrong way, but I have to ask," he said.

Knowing that's never a good way to start a conversation, I immediately froze in a state of defense. What now?

Then, to my surprise, he asked, "Why is fashion important?"

The question hung in the air like an overweight seagull. What?

Not knowing exactly what to say, I said the first thing that came to mind: "I think fashion is important because if people look good, they feel good. And if we feel good about ourselves, we're nicer to each other. And doesn't that just make the world a better place?"

He didn't really buy it, but it was the best I could do without being given a piece of paper, a No. 2 pencil and 60 minutes to write an essay.

But, I have to admit, it really got me thinking.

As a fashion editor, owner of a personal shopping and wardrobe consultation business, and an all-around lover of all things couture, what exactly am I doing with my life?

Am I really helping anyone?

Does it really matter what we wear on the outside if we are good people on the inside?

How did I end up here?

Before you think I've gone off the deep end, there are two things you should know about me.

First, I have these "Is this really my life?" conversations with myself quite regularly, as I tend to live in a constant state of transition and re-evaluation. I am indecisive, erratic and easily excitable (all in a very charming way, of course.)

Second, I…

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