“Fashion fades, only style remains the same” – Coco Chanel.
This quote has been something that has stuck with me for a long time. Chanel is an inspiration for many women (and men).
The reason why I think that this quote is so important is because it really shows how people should dress for themselves.
Fashion pretty much means the trends that sweep the world. The only problem with fashion trends is that they are ‘out’ very quickly.
Fashion is important and nowadays fashion is repetitive. It is repetitive in the way that different eras are now popping up in each new season, year or fashion show. This year it is the 70s. However, although these fashions keep going in a cycle, these fashion trends tend to go very quickly. In one season, out the next. In the ‘old days’, fashion would stay for more than a year and the fashion would develop into the ‘typical’ look for an era. If there were changes they weren’t so sudden and unexpected.
If I do see a fashion trend I like, I try to put a spin on it to make it different and unique.
Who remembers back in the early 2000s, when we were told to throw out our high waisted jeans in favour of hipster jeans? When flares were so popular and all of a sudden skinny jeans were in? Personally I am a lover of all types of jeans, flares, skinny, straight cut, boyfriend, and I own all of the above. But I was a follow of fashion back then and I got so concerned when I didn’t have cool clothes (I never did, because I couldn’t afford them – everything I had was hand me downs).
The difference between fashion and style can be hard to see as fashionable looks can be adjusted to your own personal style. Style and fashion do go hand in hand, however, Giorgio Armani has simplified it for us:
“The difference between style and fashion is quality.”
Style is something personal. It’s like your own way of being different. I see it as my way to make a mark on the world – I would love to be remembered, not only for my actions, but for the amazing clothes I wore and my sense of personal style. Ralph Lauren agrees with me: “Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever”.
People like Audrey Hepburn had style. She had her staples in her wardrobe and she wore clothes that suited her. She didn’t specifically follow trends. Another person who had style would have most definitely been Katharine Hepburn – one of the first wearers of menswear in a feminine way.
For me, the people who stand out for me are those with a point of difference in the way they present themselves. Who wants to be like a sheep – following and copying those in front of you? Your style is something to be proud of.
Sociologist, Dr Ruth Quibell says that we should experiment to “… strengthen our social selves, our character, rather than simply letting our uniforms do the talking. To do this, we might avoid fashion for a while – to experiment with style, rather than what’s “now”.”
I think that is really interesting. How many teenagers do you see wandering around wearing the same ‘uniform’? I think that a sense of style goes along with self confidence. It takes a lot of confidence to dress differently to others as there are many people in the world who criticize you based on how you look and how you choose to present yourself.
When I try to develop my sense of personal style, or to gather inspiration, I spend a lot of time in the evenings after work googling ‘Vintage fashion’ from all decades. Vintage has always been something that has helped me. I had a hard time at school in my teens, so Vintage was my go to thing to make me feel better. I could write about the 20s, 30s and 40s fashion in depth. After googling Vintage fashion, I look for ways I can present that style in a modern way. E.G. vintage 40s dress with combat boots and a leather jacket. When I do shop at chain shops e.g. Asos, I look for clothes that have a Vintage look.
“Never confuse fashion and style. Fashion relies on unattainable looks on women with unrealistic bodies. Style is about utilizing the best aspects of you.” – Stacy London.
And my favourite designer of all time: