‘Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.’ The immortal words of Edna Woolman Chase,
the editor-in-chief of ‘Vogue’ (1914-1952) are a lesson for one-and-all. However, the alarming rate at which fashion victims are increasing, it seems most of us have yet to make sense of the lady from ‘Vogue’.
Fashion and Style! What exactly are these, which keep playing havoc with the sartorial sense of most of us? Well, that’s exactly explains the problem, dear. It’s not just about the sartorial sense, mind you. There is much more to it, which makes us prone to fashion goof-ups, thereby, making a fool of us in front of the rest of the world.
Do fashion and style mean one and the same thing? Is fashion style misspelt and style fashion misspelt? Decoding the mystery would make sure that you save yourself from becoming the latest fashion victim. People would love to have fun at your expense, and you certainly won’t love the whole experience.
For a start, let’s stop talking fashion and style in the same breath. That would just be the perfect launch of our endeavour to solve this conundrum. Fashion is something that can be bought. And it’s just not confined to clothes, shoes, cosmetics. There is much more to fashion than is usually assumed. Fashion has a much wider connotation covering a gamut of activities, which include music, art, architecture, entertainment, language, technology and yes, politics too! Anything in these fields can be deemed fashionable or not fashionable. Nowadays, lambasting politicians and making fun of them is very fashionable. It is the in-thing to do.
Style on the other hand is something that one must possess. It is unique to an individual. As each person is different, so is his or her taste. Style thus depends on the person; hence, it can never be bought but only possessed.
Fashion can change with time. In fact, the only thing that is constant with fashion is change. It’s a never-ending cycle. The new becomes old, old again becomes new, and the cycle goes on. The key is to define your own style, rather than just following the latest trends/fashion. Your style must be the natural expression of your own. It must define you and you only. Don’t just fall for anything that is being dished out as fashionable. In a rush to be fashionable, don’t make a fool of yourself for God sake. Make sure that the fashionable trends suit your personality and only when you are comfortable with it, then go for it. You would be doing a great deal of disservice to yourself by jumping on the bandwagon, just for the heck of it. Sophistication does not come merely from expensive clothes and latest gadgets. So, mind your p’s and q’s and always remember that Style Is The Man!
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