The Style Trial Series.........Part 1.
Ah Yes! ............ the big Question on any fashionista's lips and a question that those who dismiss fashion as a mere fickle and shallow occupation but would secretly love to have oodles of is ............STYLE! .......... Yes Folks that very elusive and very unique something called PERSONAL STYLE........
We all know who has it instinctively by glancing at them. We know who "Owned It" in the past. Hollywood Movie Stars, Designers, Fashionista's , Celebrities, Musicians, Writers, Actors, Singers. Each and every category brings people to mind for all of us. We know these people "oozed it".............. but what is it really?
A subject that has warranted repetitive debates over the years........STYLE.........just what is it and how is it connected to FASHION..........??? There are many theories and opinions abound and of course VIOLINKIT has her own opinion and ideas about what it could be and what it means to her.......... So sit back and enjoy the ride Ha Ha Ha!!!!
The exact definition of style is in itself ....ELUSIVE! It means different things to different people but for the majority it is an outward expression of self.
Being STYLISH and being FASHIONABLE are two completely different things but they are unmistakeningly connected. In some ways one wouldn't survive without the other. FASHION is all about the look, trends that are popular in a particular time. ie S/S17 .... A/W17. Fashion gives you the ideas and inspiration (through the fashion that you choose) to help develop your style. Its the SWEETSHOP if you like, and STYLE is about the type of SWEETS you decide to choose . In other words its about how you interpret fashion to fit you and your lifestyle.
Fashion trends rob us of our individuality and tends to make us all look the same to "Fit in". How we interpret these fashion trends given to us by the designers/celebrities/highstreet (who try so hard to dictate to us on what to wear and when to wear it...! ) is sometimes a daunting task . Its therefore easier to be fashionable than to have a strong personal style as we are constantly being bombarded by what the fashion dictators and celebrity are telling us to wear.
STYLE on the other hand is about expressing your individuality/personality through the clothing that you choose to wear. It can be something from your Mother/Granny's vintage closet to a favourite Penneys/Primark coat from five years ago.
Consider your personality and ask yourself.............does the way I look reflect the person I am happy to be? STYLE is what makes us individual and lets our personality shine through. It is NOT dependent on the latest fashion trends. PERSONAL STYLE is a lot more interesting than fashion and is not necessarily fashionable.
STYLE is about having a signature look unique to you. This "look" usually evolves from knowing who you are and it is something that you can acquire at any time in your life or you may have it instinctively.
We will continue our discussion on STYLE in PART 2 of this blog post . In the meantime think more on your own sense of style and what it means to you and how it affects your overall make up as the person you are. We will explore further how style has influenced all of us throughout our lives from the environments we grew up in to our choice of peer groups.
The more I'm exploring this subject the more fascinated I'm becoming as I realise that Style and its affects influences all out lives should we choose to embrace it or reject it.......
Have a stylish day . Looking forward to chatting about this topic again soon. Love XXX VIOLINKIT