Getting Started with Fashion
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People may judge the fashionable and stylish as being shallow and materialistic, but the truth is vastly different. Fashion is a mode of expression. It is a …
Table of Contents
- What Makes a Person Fashionable?
- Finding Your Personal Style
- Our Top 5 Tips for Being More Fashionable
- 1. Make Sure Your Clothes Fit Properly
- 2. Invest in a Capsule Collection and Staples
- 3. Learn to Balance Proportions
- 4. Mix Patterns and Textures
- 5. Don’t Be Scared of Colors
- Final Thoughts
People may judge the fashionable and stylish as being shallow and materialistic, but the truth is vastly different. Fashion is a mode of expression. It is a way of showing the world who we are and what we’re about.
Fashion is also a form of protection. As legendary fashion photographer Bill Cunningham once said: fashion is the armor to survive everyday life.
Putting on clothes that compliment you gives you confidence. It allows you to walk boldly into the world and feel powerful.
For some people, fashion is easy. They have an instinctive sense of style that helps them navigate the ever-changing fashion world. For others, fashion and style can seem mystifying. If you fall into the latter group, then you’re in the right place.
This article will help you understand what fashion is and how to take control of it. It will give you tips and advice for creating a more fashionable wardrobe and how to stay on top of fashion trends.
What Makes a Person Fashionable?
The first thing you need to know about fashion is that it’s not the same thing as style. Designer Yves Saint Laurent said it perfectly when he said, “fashions fade, style is eternal.”
Style is a personal look and aesthetic. In the fashion world, style is generally short for personal style. Some people are more stylish than others because they have a better understanding of what suits them and their body.
Your style can change over time but it’s generally a more gradual change than the changes we see with fashion.
A person with a sense of style is generally able to make fashion work for them. They can pick out items that suit their personal style and complement their body. Style is a skill, in that sense.
Fashion is more transient and societal. Usually, fashion refers to the trends of the day. It is often an amalgamation of the most loved and prevalent styles around at the time.
The fashion industry is predicated on the fact that fashion changes. Shops, designers, and magazines sell because they promote the next best thing.
Fashionable people keep themselves well informed of the latest trends and designs. In essence, fashion sells whereas style buys.
Where style is a personal guiding principle, fashion is a cultural or societal guide. Fashionable people wear clothes that are popular or on trend at the time. Their choices are informed by popular convention, influencers, and experts.
If you want to be a fashionable person, you need to first hone your style skills. Once you’ve got the basics of style you can apply your knowledge to the fashions of the day.
Finding Your Personal Style
Developing your understanding of style and then your own personal style takes time. Like any skill it needs to be practiced time and time again.
For most people, the biggest hurdle is knowing where to start. The world of fashion can be incredibly overwhelming. This is especially true if you’ve gone most of your life without thinking about what you wear.
Luckily, you don’t have to go all out and change your wardrobe right at the start. In the beginning you want to focus on observation, imitation, and exploration.
Before you start thinking about your own style and what might look good on you, focus on people around you.
Having an eye for style and fashion is going to help you out so much.
To develop this skill, you need to pay close attention to the clothes people wear.
When you’re out and about, look at the colors people are wearing, how they accessorize, what kind of cuts flatter different body types, what shoes do they pair with their outfit.
Try not to be creepy and weird about it. Don’t leer at people on the subway or stalk them to check out their outfits. Instead, try to make a mental note to give people’s clothes the once over when you meet.
Pay particular attention to people who dress well or have a style that you like. If they’re a co-worker or friend that you see more regularly, try to identify the staple pieces that they wear frequently.
Once you’ve got the hang of identifying styles and clothes that you like, begin to think about what it is that draws your attention and why.
Asking yourself why you like an outfit will force you to think about the details that you can bring to your own style.
For example, you might find yourself drawn to a particular color palette or perhaps the clean lines of certain outfits.
Make a mental or physical note of these. When you come to put your wardrobe together, the list of things you like will be invaluable to you.