The Difference Between Fashion and Style

I’ve never really had a clear definition of the difference between fashion and style. I thought to myself “aren’t they the same?” HA. No, silly girl, they are not the same! Everyone’s opinion on it will vary to some degree. However, fashion is what you buy, and style is how you wear it (I forget who said that, and so did Google apparently).

Since most designers are debuting their fall/winter lines at the moment, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to discuss this sometimes touchy subject. What the girls where on the catwalk is fashion, but what we do with it later becomes style.

kate_middletonI’ve always thought a lot more of people who prefer to develop their own style than to simply buy whatever is the current trend. For example, the latest trend is pantsuits. Everyone from Kim Kardashian to Nicole Richie have been spotted wearing these things. Quite honestly though, they aren’t remembered for having a specific style but only being on trend. Twenty years from now we’ll look back at their outfits and snicker at how goofy they look to us so many years later. People like the Duchess of Cambridge will be remembered for their style and elegance in the way they dress. I highly doubt anyone will be laughing at her outfits for at least 50 years.

Now I’ve said all this not to bash the designers and celebrities who wear their designs, but to remind the average person that following trends is sometimes costly, and more often than not, an outfit that your kids will make fun of you for later on. Trust me, I do this to my mom! Poor lady.

I’m going to suggest to you that instead of investing countless dollars in trendy pantsuits (though some are kinda cute) or in a mixed print romper, you might consider buying a few more staple items that you can pair with trendy accessories. Think hats, jewelry, shoes, and even nail polish. Sometimes this makes much more of a statement than an entire outfit that will most definitely be associated with this decade.

I’m going to end here with a little slideshow of some of the most stylish and classy ladies in fashion history (photos from Pinterest). Tomorrow be prepared for a checklist of staple items to have in your closet!

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13 thoughts on “The Difference Between Fashion and Style

  1. Style is a reflection of yourself, I believe most people -even famous- have no sense of style, but rather copy everyone that for some reason has certain “authority”. I think fashion bloggers have hurt the concept of style, because most of them wear whatever is hot right now and don’t really have a special consistent touch to their looks.
    Good post!

    • Hey there! I completely agree with you! Half the styles celebs wear make me cringe. Fashion bloggers, at least the popular ones, wear whatever the companies they collaborate with tell them to. They’re paid to promote a lot of what they wear.
      Thanks for your sweet words!

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