Fashion and style are two inseparable words. They always go together but it doesn’t mean that they have the same meaning. While a fashionable girl wears a head-to-toe Balmain Summer Spring 2012 ensemble, a stylish girl wears a vintage denim jacket from her mother in the 80’s, a simple white tee and trendy snake-skin shorts. They are basically two very opposite words with different meanings, sense, aesthetic and purpose but they somewhat go with each other. A yin and yang so to speak. And I will discuss the difference and dissimilarities with fashion and style.
So what does fashion truly mean? One word that comes along with fashion is trend. They continually evolve and change. The only thing that is constant in fashion is change. Fashion is difficult to follow with if you are not committed enough because it changes every decade, season and even weeks. The current trend in bags right now is the doctor bag that has a distinct structural shape and form, but as soon as the fashion weather Gods changes the season it will be put in fashion oblivion and all the fashionistas will have a new bag to crave for. Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is made to become unfashionable.” Whether the current trends like a wide leg pants or a chiffon flowy skirt does not fit your style, personality and body type it doesn’t really matter because they are what is “in” right now and if you are a real devotee of fashion it is mandatory to follow them.
While fashion seemingly dictates what you should wear and what you should not, style on the other hand is different and somewhat personal. You don’t have to follow every trend that has walked on the runways or featured in the magazines. You have your own personal will and it’s neither certain nor definite because you define it. A true stylish girl respects the rules but knows how to bend and break them to match it with her own personal style and aesthetic. Having a great style does not necessarily means following seriously what the fashion world commands but it’s about experimenting, having fun and being you. Style is something that reflects your personality and can show the world who you truly are behind those cat eyed sunglasses. It’s about being flexible to any trends but you shouldn’t imitate it completely but add your own flavor and flair to it.
It’s your personal choice if you wish to follow every trend. However, if you want to make a make big statement you shouldn’t follow everything but you take inspiration from them and make them your own. You should be fearless and bold with your own style and most of all have fun, after all fashion is made be enjoyed.