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The Meaning of Style

Thursday, 16 December 2010

meaning of style«Fashions are fleeting, style is forever» - this quote is attributed to the legendary Coco Chanel, who managed to create her own unique style and revolutionize fashion on the way. In a single short phrase Chanel succinctly formulated the most significant difference between the concepts of «fashion» and «style»: unlike fleeting fashion, style, as a key element of the person's image, is far more permanent.

On the one hand, it's rather strange to rank style above fashion, since the very concept of fashion is much older than that of style, but on the other hand, it is quite understandable: after all, in today's world, anyone can try as many looks and roles as they like, with style being the "tool" for these transformations. Since clothes make the man and book is often judged by its cover, your personal style is a letter of recommendation of sorts, a reflection of your personality.

Thus, style is an extension of you; it's your attitude, personality and instinct. Style is a form of expression, a statement and it's in the choices you make. Clothes are just one way of expressing your style. It's not the actual clothes itself but what it conveys about you. Style is something that evolves, matures, and changes over varied amounts of time. It can be influenced and inspired by your age, gender, culture, geographic locale, interests, emotions and a myriad of other factors. Most people express themselves through the clothes they wear while others may hide through them. Style like everything else in our life comes down to choice. You choose what you show the world about yourself through your style and the clothes you wear. And you can also deceive not only the world but yourself by dressing and portraying your style as something you're not - knowingly or unknowingly.

When it comes to fashion, it's appropriate to remember Stella Blum who said «Fashion is a social agreement, the result of a consensus of a large group of people». Nowadays though we have fashion designers who create trends by trying to predict what people will like or sometimes by trying to sell the idea to them unlike when fashion just happened. It's become about letting others do the thinking for you, letting retailers, designers, magazines and other large companies whose main aim is to profit set trends for you to follow. And that's where style comes in when you have to decide what you are and what you want to express by the way you dress and way to live.

Style: classic, formal, subculture

Categorizing the diverse contemporary styles of clothes can be a challenging task: a person chooses his or her style depending on age, social status, profession, personal preferences and whether or not they are a part of a subculture which often has its own strict style rules. While it's easy to see why your personal style is partially shaped by your age and occupation, the way your style is related to your unique preferences, your likes and dislikes, is more complex. In fact, various combinations of your unique personal traits and inclinations can result in a variety of styles: traditional, eclectic, minimalistic, military, safari, or glamorous style.

The development of some distinct clothing styles is closely connected with the emergence of subcultures - communities of people with a culture which differentiates them from a larger culture to which they belong, and distinguished by its own system of values, language, behavior, and clothing. Typically, in most cases, style of clothes serves as a distinguishing characteristic to the people belonging to same subculture, a «card of introduction» of sorts. Over the years, numerous subcultures have had a great effect on the modern fashion, the influences including Gothic, hippie, punk, and recently emo style. Although initially these styles were popular only in the respective subculture communities, today their elements can be seen both on the catwalks and high street.

Style and History

Some of the clothing styles have been shaped by the course of history, like the dandy style that developed in the XIX century Britain, largely owing to Oscar Wilde. The present standard of femininity can be exemplified by the New Look style, "invented" by the great French couturier Christian Dior. The key elements of this style - cinched waist, wide skirt, tight-fitting bodice - make their regular appearance in the collections of modern designers.

It's great to be passionate about fashion, trends and knowing how people feel about what's in and what's not, and though you may identify with some of them and follow those that make sense to you personally, you should never forget to stay true to yourself in doing so. Follow your own muse. Influence others with your own creativity, personality and confidence.

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