It refers to the way you choose to live out your authenticity. It is a carefully curated physical representation of the essence of your being, molecules of your existence expertly, intentionally and carefully dispersed, manifested into reality. A personal mode of expression used to communicate with the outside world. It is the vibe you give off through your choices, beliefs values and what you choose to wear. Style is about defining and expressing your own point of view through the things you choose to believe in, value, wear, and the life you choose to live. It is a reflection of the person wearing and expressing it, taking what is within and communicating it outwardly. With that passionate tirade over, I think its safe to say I’m pretty much head over heels in love with the idea and concept of style because I am in love with being who I am as well.
On a basic level we all understand what style is. For instance, no human would go on a job interview or to let’s say a wedding not looking their best, because we understand that how we appear says a lot about who we are. I know that sometimes it’s difficult to put your finger on something specific and say this is exactly what I am, and that’s cuz we are multidimensional beings and we were not created to be defined or to fit into any given box. Also because we are on a journey of constant evolution and growth within self, we were created for freedom, to know and express all we embody through our journey, to constantly know and be more.
My favourite type of person is the one who is versatile and adaptable, I mean they’re so interesting right? This type of person usually has a core style or signature kinda like their DNA, this usually ends up being very timeless and classic, whatever that means for the individual, but essentially true to the authentic essence of their being. This is the DNA that they eventually use as the foundation while they dip their feet into other styles. The DNA remains unchanged and translates itself into whatever persona is the flavour for the day.
Now let’s explore the important difference between style and fashion. It’s important to understand that because you happen to be fashionable, does not mean you are stylish. But if being fashionable is your thing by all means go for it, life is all about personal expression but keep in mind that style is eternal and fashion changes.
Fashion is all the things you wear while style is how you wear them and make them yours. Fashion is about keeping tabs on and following trends set by others, which means you’re following trends set by an industry and buying into someone’s idea of what they think looks good right now. Fashion captures the cultural phenomenon of now and puts it into clothing form but typically does not express the point of view of the individual wearing that piece.
However, style and fashion go hand in hand and it would be difficult for one to exist without the other. Style informs fashion through independent individuals who are creative and expressive. They figure out styles which are then mass produced on different levels to create fashion. Clothing and pieces in fashion are then adopted into individuals style. It’s is a system created around a need it is serving, used to express individuality and self better.
Style evolves over time and comes from the inside out while fashion comes from the outside in and changes with the seasons. They are intertwined and interchangeable because you can take cues from fashion and adapt them to your personal style to progress it’s evolution. When it comes to style, it’s easy to get stuck because style can evolve slowly but keeping an eye on fashion can give a spark to your style. We look at fashion and sometimes it can be a bit extreme, but what we can do is take a look at those extremes and filter them down to give our style an fresh spark. Fashion is great to pay attention to as you develop and cultivate your personal style. It gives ideas and helps push boundaries taking you to the edge of experimentation while helping you figure out how to fit it in a way that is natural, authentic and fits your personal style.
“It’s a new era in fashion, there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style – wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels and up and coming designers all together.” – Anonymous
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Style is an instant language.” – Miuccia Prada
“Personal style is something each of us already has; all we need to do is find it.” – Diane Von Furstenberg
“Fashion is a trend. Style lives within a person.” – Oscar de la Renta
“The joy of dressing is an art.” – John Galliano
“Style is much more interesting than fashion really.” – Marc Jacobs
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. Style is what you choose.” – Lauren Hutton
“Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” – Bill Blass
“Always dress like you’re going to see your worst enemy.” – Kimora Lee
“Style means being curious and having the confidence to choose what you love.” – Oma Ford
“Real style is never right or wrong. It’s a matter of being yourself on purpose.” – G. Bruce Boyer
“Style – all who have it share one thing: originality.” – Diana Vreeland
“Style is a deeply personal expression of who you are, and Everytime you dress, you at asserting a part of yourself.” – Nina Garcia
Style is who you are, what you do, who and what you gravitate towards, the totality of your being and the visual, physical and artistic representation of that concept and ideology of how you perceive yourself. It is the outward expression of your inner being. Kind of like your energy signature, the unique way that you and only you can put yourself forward. I think that from that, you can come up with reasons as to why knowing & understanding as well as intentionally cultivating your style and utilizing fashion is important. I hope this helped give a better understanding of both style and fashion. Until next time!
Yours truly, Chalya.