There has always been a difference between Fashion and Style. I don’t claim to know a great deal about either, but there are some observations I’ve made over time. Fashion and the need to keep up with it has never been my Style.
Once in a while a designer hits upon something that is appealing to me. Not that I don’t appreciate the creative outfits and statements that these artists offer. I enjoy them in the same way I might appreciate art in all its forms. From Dogs sitting around a card table playing poker to September Morn hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yes, I can enjoy it and appreciate it, but neither is for me. One I find tacky, the other too big for my living room wall.
What looks attractive and startling on an ematiated, doll faced model, would be ridiculous on ninety percent of healthy American women. In any case, it takes a great deal of money to keep up with Chanel, Versace, Wang, or any of the dozen or so names that top the list of genuis in the fashion industry.
Style on the other hand is something you can make your own. Choose the color of the season. You’ll easily identify it by statements like, “Red is the new Black”, or perhaps in the fall of 2012, “Shades of Gray” will be the hottest fall thing. You can find items that you feel beautiful and comfortable wearing in your own price range, and still maintain your own flair. Or accessorize in bold, hot prints that you would never wear all over your body, but is great in a scarf.
For myself, I love long dresses and skirts whether they are in vogue or not. Flowing or curve hugging in soft material allows me to stride into a room with complete confidence. Nothing tailored for me, not my thing. Keep your ruffles and tiny prints as well. Remember Laura Ashley? Who were these dresses made for? Although, I’ll admit to purchasing Laura Ashley sheets some years back. It was in a moment of madness. Maybe the brief ten minutes when I felt the need to conform. Have no fear, it passed so quickly.
Fashion is a lovely thing. Nice to look at, perfect to snatch ideas in order to enhance your own Style. Do what makes you unique. I have found that Style develops over the years and makes it fun to dress as you. Perhaps not everyone will like your idea of what’s appropriate all the time, but invariably someone else will admonish the naysayer with one quick comment. “Its her Style.”