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Fashion v. Style

Posted by Rachel Boudreau on

I talked last week about some things  that fashion has taught me about life. In that blog I said I would talk about the difference between fashion and style. 

Whether you know it or not, you have a personal style. You have a type of clothing you like the best and that is what you feel most confident in. For example, my personal style is vintage-preppy. I love vintage clothing, I shop at vintage stores because in my mind, no matter the designer, nobody makes clothes like they did back in the 50's (I am talk about quality). The preppy part comes in with the fact that I wear pretty much preppy clothes. I love dresses, pant suits, skirt suits, etc. If I were to enter into a time machine back to high school, I would be labeled a prep, because of the way I dress.

Some other personal styles include:

Bohemian, Preppy, Grunge, Indi, Skater, Glam, Rock, and Vintage. (obviously there are more than just that!)

Fashion by definition, is a completely different entity. Fashion is a style or trend that is currently popular. For example, in the Fall and Winter, menswear will be fashionable and "in style". However, if you like the grunge or indi look, you probably will not go out and buy clothes with menswear patterns and fabrics. Fashion is knowing what is currently in style. If that is not your "personal style" that is okay! That does not mean you are not in fashion, it means you are going with your own personal style. Women who have the need to be current in the fashion world, usually have a lot of time and money on their hands and are able to change their wardrobe every 6 months to accommodate the new trend; however, sometimes it can backfire as some fashions and trends just do not work for your body, which goes with the body shape analysis I discussed for a few weeks.

As I said in my last blog post, I made a fascinator for Easter Sunday Mass. I knew that going into church today that there would be some people who looked at me like I was from another planet (mostly my sister who was embarrassed to be seen with me all through church), but on the other hand, I knew there would be women there who remembered having to wear hats to church or women who thought that it was a nice change to see something like this in church. I am a firm believer in dressing appropriately for church as I usually sit next to my grandmother, and if the hem of my skirt was off in the slightest, I would hear about it! Anyway, the reaction people had to my hat were over 80% positive. Women, men, children and the priest loved my hat. I had many people come up to me and ask where I got it, and I was proud to say that I made it. Did I look ridiculous? Yes. I did. But my hats are part of my style, and even though fascinators are not a trend or "fashionable" (soon they will be, thank you to Kate Middleton) I proudly wore my outrageous hat and I was complimented so much that looking ridiculous was worth it.

Moral of the story: Just because something is not fashionable, does not mean you cannot bring it into style; and if it is part of your style and you pull it off, be proud of it and wear it. You will make someone(s) day.

One of the comments of my last post asked to post pictures of my hat, so I thought I would share the pictures of my hat with you.

(P.S. It has over 200 Swarovski crystals on it that I HAND glued individually)   







(Each of the flowers has a Swarovski crystal in it) 


I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. 

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  • Loved the hat! I have always loved clothes and keeping up with current styles to a degree. It’s like everything else in life….. you decide what is available and take away what really works for you but mostly, try to look your best!

    Cheri on
  • Love the hat and definitely agree that WE should define our own style.

    Nina Gentry on
  • Love the hat! Finding your own style and adding a few trendy items builds a great wardrobe!

    Jeanne on
  • Love all the fashion trend tips, not sure I could pull off a hat myself, but I love them and wish I saw them more.

    Kathy on
  • I don’t know what my style is, I think I am still trying to figure that out, but it is nice reading about fashion!

    Barbara Ferrell on

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