I read something this morning that resonated. Fashion and style are not synonymous; while one definitely informs the other, they are decidedly different. Let me explain. Fashion refers to the trends of the moment – the styles, fabrics, cuts, and themes that inform what is trendy and what is dated. Fashion, by nature, is a moving target. It constantly changes from season to season, year to year. Style, on the other hand, is constant, transcending the moment. Style is the distinctive way we act, dress and talk; style is the persona we put on for the world around us.
I think there are some inherent themes that determine personal style. Are you classic, tailored, bohemian, organic, sporty, funky, utilitarian, or edgy, for example? If you’re not sure, the style you gravitate toward in clothing, is probably also reflected in your life style, attitudes and decorating. Would you, for example, choose a leather couch with clean lines (classic) or an overstuffed couch with an ethnic feel (bohemian)? Or maybe you are more of a futon person (utilitarian).
Whatever your choice, personal style will affect every clothing decision you make. How you wear a trend will have much to do with your inherent style. A classic, for example, might take a trend like a velvet kimono and pair it with a collared blouse, belt it at the waist, and wear it with sleek black pants. A funky would take that same kimono and pair it with ripped leggings, military boots and a tee. Therefore, having a clear understanding of your style preference is the first place to start in your journey to dressing well.
If you’d like to learn a little more about this idea, join me Friday, November 17th at 9 a.m. for the first in a series of Fashionable Friday live videos. I’ll be discussing all of the elements of personal style like how to choose the best colors for your skin, how to use style to direct attention to your best assets, how to evaluate fit, how to dress your body type and more. The very first live video in the series on November 11 will delve into this issue of personal style: how to determine yours and how to use it to make good wardrobe buying decisions. Join me on my Fashion Crossroads Fashionistas Facebook Group Page at 9 a.m. next Friday morning to begin your journey to becoming a well dressed woman.
We all want to feel beautiful, so always remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.