Fashion vs Style
What is the difference between Fashion and Style? The interesting thing about this question, is the fact that it is a question. Unbeknownst to some, many don't know that there is a difference between the two, for infinite reasons. However, it's impossible to know, what we don't know. So, being able to introduce a new knowledge or an additional level to current knowledge, is a rewarding pleasure.
First, let's take into account the definition of each word, as given by Google's dictionary.
- FASHION ˈfaSHən/ noun
1. A popular trend, especially in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior.
Synonyms: vogue, trend, craze, rage, mania, fad
2. A manner of doing something.
Synonyms: manner, way, method, mode, style
- STYLE stīl/ noun
1. A manner of doing something.
Synonyms: manner, way, technique, method, methodology, approach, system, mode, form, modus operandi
2. A distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.
The similarity of both Fashion and Style being defined as a "manner of doing something,' is spot on. How do you choose Fashion? How does Style choose you? What kind of fashions are you attracted to? What Style is attracted to you? The discovery to these questions will come through an understanding that Fashion is what is available in many varieties, each having its own reason and season. Style, is what we do with those fashions, in the efforts of telling a story about who we are, authentically, for the moment.
Here is my distinction put simply...Fashion is based on POPULARITY and Style is based on PRINCIPLES.
Contingent upon our fashionable or stylish environments, or the lack there of, a social or antisocial influence has the potential to design our "mood board." What is a mood board? It is an arrangement of fashions, images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to awaken or convey a particular concept, style, or vibe.. Meaning, that we can create mood boards for our lives. The condition of our state of being, encourages us to gravitate towards particular fashions, that participate in the style in which we wish to represent. Keep in mind that there are NO RULES when it comes to style. Well, allow me to rephrase. There are two rules. 1. Do You! 2. Feel Great Doing You! When it comes to style, it belongs to you. It's your unique signature and no one can do your style, better than you can. Fashion is your servant, as you Master your Style.