Fashion Faux Paux ~the inside scoop

fash·ion
ˈfaSHən/
noun
noun: fashion; plural noun: fashions
  1. 1.
    a popular trend, esp. in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior.
    “his hair is cut in the latest fashion”
    the production and marketing of new styles of goods, esp. clothing and cosmetics.
    “a fashion magazine”
  2. 2.
    a manner of doing something.
    “the work is done in a rather casual fashion”
    verb: fashion; 3rd person present: fashions; past tense: fashioned; past participle: fashioned; gerund or present participle: fashionin.
  1. make into a particular or the required form.
    “the bottles were fashioned from green glass”


It is no secret that I personally am not the most “fashionable” person. I believe I have stated this fact numerous times in many different ways. This is not something that I am ashamed of, it’s just a fact. I prefer the more simple things in life, such as jeans and a white t-shirt. However with that being said, I tend to surround myself with people who are the total opposite of me when it comes to fashion, so when it comes to looking fabulous I have no trouble at all. It seems that as of late, more people are becoming “full of fashion” and everyone wants to give fashion tips or advice. When did fashion become so cliché? When I think of fashion my mind immediately goes to Carrie Bradshaw [who without doubt is one of televisions fashion icons of the late 90’s early 2000’s] or Victoria Beckham [ who has been a staple on fashion since the Spice Girls].

"I love fashion, and that's how I express myself."

“I love fashion, and that’s how I express myself.”

I realize that while everyone may be” full of fashion” that not everyone has style, which without question are two very different things.

“The difference between style and fashion is quality.”- Giorgio Armani

style
stīl/
noun
noun: style; plural noun: styles
  1. a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.
    “the pillars are no exception to the general style”
    “Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.” – Edna Woolman Chase

So what is style? Simply put, it’s the total combination of the way you dress, talk, move your body, or do anything for that matter. It’s how we express our inner being outwardly. This includes all of our thoughts, emotions, interests, and values. Everything on the outside is merely a reflection of what’s on the inside. One will argue that anyone can possess style if this is the case.

"A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view." ~Sophia Loren

“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” ~Sophia Loren

So how is it that fashion and style co-exist in this sometimes not so fashionable, not so stylish world? [again, not everyone has a sense of style]

People study for years in the field of fashion [learning how to merchandise, sew, create and identify] but never take a course in style. People have the desire to want to “style”  others when they themselves are not fashionably equipped.

Who wore it best? Mrs. Doubtfire or Kim Kardashian?

Who wore it best? Mrs. Doubtfire or Kim Kardashian?

It is almost a safe observation that style is something that can’t be taught or bought it is something that one must simply have. We see celebs in magazines all the time in sections such as “Who Wore it Best”, where celebs are wearing the exact same outfit but one looks a million times better than the other. It is the possession of style that makes the exact same thing look different.

I have said all of that to say this, fashion can be purchased while style cannot. So many people [both men and women] are dying to fashionable without possessing the one key element, a sense of style. Fashion trends come and go, what is in today will be out tomorrow. While style is forever, if you have it; a confident person is always in style. I believe I could put on a tailored potato sack and make a statement of fashionable proportions upon entering a room. Why? because my style is not what I am wearing but what my body language says while wearing it. Make sense? While you can wear whatever you want, [under the guidelines of “this is my style”] this does not mean that it will look good or that it will make a lasting [good] impression. Your “style” is a visual of what you are about, a woman dressed in polka dots, and pinstripes cannot tell me she is a fashion stylist the two simply don’t match. A man dressed in an Armani suit and Feragamo shoes can’t convince me he is homeless. Get it?

Style

Style

These are just my observations, like I said; I’m fashionably inadequate but my style is impeccable.

Fashion Suicide

Don’t be a victim.

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