Style verse Fashion: the truth behind the clothes you wear
One of my all time favourite topics. So often these two words are used interchangeably, when really they are completely different. And they both say a lot about you.
noun: fashion; plural noun: fashions
1 1. a popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration,
or behaviour."the latest Parisian fashions"
noun: style; plural noun: styles
1. a particular procedure by which something
is done; a manner or way.
Fashion is everywhere. From the runways, to the boutiques, to the department stores, and out onto the streets. Its ever-changing, its short-lived, and while often exciting, it can also lack substance. Style on the other hand, is a little more discrete; you have to look for it in someone. Sense it. Style is a constant. And it’s all about substance.
True style comes from within. It’s very internal. Style is asking yourself “what’s inside me?” “who am I?” and is not only knowing the answer to those questions, but being comfortable with them. Fashion is very external. Its about “what’s out there?” its about what other people are wearing, what other people are selling.
What I find interesting is, true fashion is a by-product, of someone else’s style. If you look at any successful fashion house, any talented designer; their signature - is a reflection of their style. Their signature, becomes their style. And. Their style, becomes their signature. The stronger the style within, the stronger the signature, reflected in the garments they design. Which ultimately becomes the fashion they create.
Having style means knowing what to take from fashion, but not needing fashion to reflect who you are. Having style is taking from fashion, and knowing how to wear it. Making it your own. Having the innate ability to take a garment, that is ultimately the end product of someone else’s style, and making it marry into your own. Effortlessly.
Having style doesn’t need to be fashionable. As someone who has style, is always in fashion. Through the seasons, the trends, the years. Fashions come and go, but style remains through them all. Taking a bit from here, a bit from there, gaining substance and maturing. Becoming richer, and evolving over time.
As Coco Chanel so famously stated... “Fashion Changes. Style endures.”