What are you optimizing for?
Almost everything can be distilled into a system. Fashion is an intersection of social & visual & physical systems. Preparing food is the same. Your natural inclinations towards specific types of systems will draw you towards:
- Optimizing from a social standpoint, making fashion that changes other people's perception of you (your power, beauty, wealth, etc.).
- Optimizing from the visual system, making fashion that is artistic and beautiful.
- AND/OR Optimizing based on human physical needs, making fashion that keeps people warm, dry and healthy.
The outcomes of these systems look very different.
Identifying the systems you want to optimize for -- and the systems you find motivating & interesting -- goes a long way towards achieving your goals.