Tisha B’av is right around the corner, and when it comes clothing or fashion, it isn’t always easy.  On this day, there are a few rules on our clothing.  For an example we do not wear leather shoes and festive outfits.  Now, I love wearing casual yet festive clothing, so this isn’t always easy since my closet is filled with colorful pieces.  So, I have to find something that isn’t in my usual style.  But when it comes to leather shoes this is a bit easier because I only have a few shoes that are leather.  Yes, leather shoes are the longest-lasting shoes you can purchase, and I love shoes that I can wear all the time without worrying about buying new ones.  But I also buy fabric-material shoes which are comfy, and I am able to wear on days like Tisha B’av, and Yom Kippur.  These rules helps us take a break from fashion; we are ‘fasting from fashion,’ and focusing more on how tzniusly we think, talk, and act.  A long time ago when the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, the reason for its destruction was that all the people were being disrespectful and unkind to each other.  Not only were we unkind to one another, but we were also dressing like non-Jews, and we compromised our tznius ways.  To take things further, it was hard to distinguish a Jew from the other nations, of which Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rimanov often said, “that Jews dressing like a non-Jews actually invites anti-Semitism.”  But now, on Tisha B’av we walk away from how we look, and focus on how we act, especially towards one another.