By the time we hit our teenage years, we often start thinking more seriously about how we see ourselves and what makes us unique.
This may lead us to embrace certain styles and belief systems, but it also leaves us grappling with the question of how we want to express ourselves.
Although our answers to this question can be subject to change or might be vehemently defended by insisting they aren't phases, mom, the way we express ourselves can help us get at least some idea of who we are as we navigate the confusing mess that is life on this planet.
And unless we become total grumps later in life, we can appreciate that self-expression is important. As we're about to see, however, the ways that we satisfy our own personalities and aesthetics won't always make much sense to others.