Fashionable or Stylish?
It’s kind of unfortunate, but we live in a society where “how we look” dictates our worth. Rather it’s being the perfect size, wearing the latest fashions, not wearing the same thing twice, or all of the above, … we strive to please others rather than being totally excepting of our true selves. Which brings me to, … are you fashionable, stylish or both? We can definitely start this conversation with understanding the difference between fashion and style and the price we pay to be either.
I’ll start with my understanding of the two, and of course you may feel totally different, and I welcome your comments! Fashion to me means what’s out there, what’s trending, who’s wearing what and does it carry today’s hottest label! Fashion definitely put’s more pressure on us to look a certain way not to mention keeping up with the increasingly fast changes, thereby taking our attention away from who we really are or the impact the mass changes put on our society, … disconnecting us from our inner soul and our values. That is not to say that being fashionable means you’re not in tuned in with yourself, I’m saying that it can put unnecessary pressure on us to keep up with what’s trending, thereby contributing to its impact. Example, … if what’s trending are cropped tops and a tight pencil skirt, and say your body shape doesn’t support it, should you wear it because it is the trendy thing to wear or should you opt out of that style? Putting pressure on us to know when to say no or wear it anyway. Which brings me to the pressures of having a “perfect” body. (Trend is not a “one size fits all” style!) Other pressures, which are near and very dear to my heart, are economically and socially. The constant and quick changes in fashion (mass markets) that keep you buying more and more often, regardless of the human impact, as in the case of (The Real Cost of Fast Fashion) by Laura Heller. (I would love to have a conversation on that only, but that’s a whole other subject.)
Style, on the other hand, allows us to be free to feel good about our choices in “fashion” rather it’s today’s trend or it carries today’s hottest label, it connects us to our inner selves. Who we are, what our values are, what makes us feel comfortable and pressure-less. Style embodies personality and acceptance, whereas fashion, as previously stated, is a constant change and can be difficult to keep up with. Style is longevity, and is affected by lifestyles, body types and culture. As Yves Saint Laurent so famously put it, “Fashion fades, style is eternal.”
So what say you! Are you a fashion groupie or style maven?