What is style and who has it? This is a pretty tough one to answer. No one seems to agree with what actually defines ‘style’, or for that matter who has it and who doesn’t. Well in terms of fashion anyway. One fashionista’s style queen is another’s badly dressed baboon. If there’s a magic formula for style no one seems to know what it is.
That said there are four basic categories of style that most people will fit mostly into, regardless of whether you’re someone who puts lots of effort into your wardrobe or you’re mostly indifferent to fashion. Knowing what ‘style’ you are will allow you to align your clothes with your personal and professional goals so your clothes can work harder for you.
Think Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Rene Zellweger, Nicole Kidman or Gwyneth Paltrow. A classic look is all about understated elegance and feminine beauty. Lots of two piece suits and ladylike slip dresses. Colors are usually neutrals like black, white, gray or feminine pastels. Maybe a splash of red in the right circumstances. Prints would be used discriminantly and be classics like tweed or herringbone, maybe a slender pinstripe. Accessories are small and not particularly flashy.
When you see someone dressed in a classical style you immediately think ‘classy’.
Think Sofie Loren, Cameron Diaz, Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston. This is all about simple, comfortable yet sexy clothes. Lots of simple dresses with very little in the way of embelishments. Separates in an easy figure hugging style that looks sexy and approachable. This style is all about show casing the body within so fit is extra important. It will be mostly basic colors, all shades of brown, black, navy blue, kahki and cream white and not much in the way of pastels and prints. Accessories will most likely be very simple or not there at all.
Someone who’s nailed the sexy style will look gorgeous yet still approachable and touchable.
Think Madonna, Kirsten Dunst, Sarah Jessica Parker or Cate Blanchett. This is for women who love to mix things up and that may mean prints, textures, styles and colors all blended together to make either an outstanding statement or a hideous mess, depending on which critic you listen to. There are no particular rules for someone with a creative style, and if there were you’d break them anyway in your quest for a great look. Expect lots of vintage items mixed in with trendy and classic stuff.
A creative dresser will turn heads every time, not always in admiration true, but every time.
Think Halle Berry, Beth Ditto and Beyonce. We talking beading, any sort of design feature, feathers, fur, a little bit of bling and a lot of attitude. Alright maybe a lot of bling. Metallic colors will rule along with bright eye catching accessories and killer shoes. All those extra little bits that make an outfit scream look-at-me! Fabric plays a big part, along with labels, and, of course, lots of bling.
An ultra-glam lady is one you look at and go, Wow!
There’s a fifth style which is really someone who does regularly change their look. A chameleon makes use of each of the four other styles interchangeable. They are noted for their HUGE wardrobes. Dita Von Tesse is a good example of a chameleon as shes always classy, sexy, glamorous and her signature style is vintage theme mixed up with modern.
So what style are you? What style would you like to be?