Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Primary Styles of Fashion

When it comes down to it, fashion really only has a few different styles, which are constantly mislabeled as trends. A style is more of an overall look and feel, while a trend is usually more of a shape, fabric or color. Think harem pants, bib necklaces or oversized blazers. Styles tend to remain “in” season after season, with new names and slight adaptations. But once you learn to recognize them, you will see that your own personal style will fall closely along one or two of the guidelines!

1. Boho. Also known as hippy chic, bohemian, foho, folksy, tribal, cultural, gypsy, bobo, festival chic! Think flowy shapes, a more muted color palette, long skirts, layers, embroidery, faded and distressed denim, ikat, coin belts, furry gilets and lots of fringe. Famous celebrities who rock this style would be Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and the Olsen twins.
2. Preppy. Also known as school-girl chic, sporty, American classic, Palm Beach, nautical, Ivy League style, equestrian! Typically involves polos, boat shoes, a well-tailored silhouette, headbands, chinos, argyle, plaid and madras. Blair Waldorf from “Gossip Girl” epitomizes the look, which is great for meeting the parents or a job interview. Brands such as Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Lilly Pulitzer, and J. Crew are frequently perceived as preppy styles.
3. Tough. Can be called rocker, futuristic, biker chic, grunge, punk, military-inspired. Focuses a lot on leather and hardware, lots of studs, tight silhouettes, especially pants, tall, platform heels, strong shoulders. Tons of female rockers can provide inspiration, from Gwen Stefani to Lady Gaga to Courtney Love. As for brands, Rag & Bone and Rock & Republic immediately come to mind! My personal style tends towards this, grrrr!
4. Romantic. Also known as girly, Victorian gothic, baby doll, feminine, Grecian or ethereal. Think drapey fabrics, chiffon, lace, velvet, floral prints, lace-up boots, and ruffles. Nanette Lepore and Erin Fetherston come to mind!

I know what you're thinking, "But Vyque, that can't be all! My style is totally unlike anything you've just described!" Hmm, is it really? Kinda like primary colors, you can always blend these styles to get more! I always felt that goth (not the Victorian kind, more the vampire kind) was a blend of romantic and tough. And that road warrior was an interesting mix of tough and boho. And geek chic was preppy and.. tough again? But perhaps I'm missing something, what do YOU think?


DWJ said...

I am a mix between boho and prep. Weird I know, but it's true.

Alyssa said...

I definitely find myself craving all the rocker wear. Love studs and shiny!