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Fashion and styling

What is style ?

Style refers to a person’s particular way of expressing themselves—whether that’s through clothing,writing style or a style of architecture. In the fashion world, “style” is usually shorthand for “personal style,” or the way an individual expresses themselves through aesthetic choices such as their clothing, accessories, hairstyle, and the way they put an outfit together.

What is fashion?

Fashion is the dominant style within a given culture at a certain time. Fashion has to do with new trends: It refers to popular ways of dressing during a specific era

Difference between fashion and style?

There is an overlap between style and fashion, but a good rule of thumb is that style relates to the individual, while fashion is more collective. 

1. Individual vs collective :

Personal style is something that belongs to an individual—a means of self-expression. That individual can be a fashion designer (like Coco Chanel or Yves Saint Laurent) or anyone outside of the fashion industry. How they dress and express themselves is their style. Fashion, on the other hand, has to do with global trends and the business of fashion. The lines between fashion and style are blurry. On the catwalk, a model is part of the fashion world. The way they dress at home, however, is personal style. When they become an influencer and their personal style becomes iconic, they may start their own clothing line, turning their style into fashion.

2. Timeless vs trendy :

Style is timeless, while fashion is timely. Someone who is fashionable closely follows the latest fashion trends and wears designer clothing. Someone who is stylish may or may not follow fashion trends, but they always stay true to their own aesthetic. Personal style is about developing a sense of self, rather than simply absorbing trends. Fashion and style overlap in the street style that photographers capture outside of fashion shows. The subjects photographed are typically models, stylists, and fashion editors wearing the clothes of the designers whose shows they are attending, but they’ve taken the clothes and styled them to work for real life, effectively merging fashion with style.

Advices on fashion:

1. Work your capsule wardrobe :

Make sure you have reliable wardrobe staples: an iconic little black dress, a pair of jeans that fit perfectly, a classic blazer, simple T-shirts and button-downs in neutral colors, and an effortless leather jacket

2. Make sure your clothes fit perfectly :

One trick to making any item of clothing look amazing is to hire a good tailor. Tailored clothing not only looks polished, but it also feels more comfortable. Pants that drag on the ground and dresses that bunch up awkwardly won’t make you feel stylish. If your capsule wardrobe fits you well, you can start to play with over- and under-sized items in a way that feels fashionable, not sloppy.

3. Learn how to balance proportions :

Balancing proportions is about styling your outfits to create an overall aesthetic harmony. The way you achieve this is by wearing clothes that are fitted to your body shape. When you want to play with oversized clothes or unusual shapes, make it a fashion moment by keeping the rest of the look fitted. For example, try pairing a tight crop top with wide-leg jeans, or a puff-shoulder top with straight-leg pants.

4. Find your personal style :

Developing a signature style can take years, but you can get started by creating a mood board. Remember that personal style is an experiment; you never know what amazing looks await you until you’re in the dressing room. The categories “menswear” and “womenswear” shouldn’t dictate how you shop. Take time to play with colors and shapes to find what looks great on your unique body.

5. Become a better shopper:

Learning how to shop for exactly what you want will help you avoid filling your closet full of items you never wear. When your wardrobe consists of pieces that you love, styling an outfit will become second nature.

Tips on style :

1. Organize and edit your closet:

When it comes to dressing stylishly, organizing, and editing your closet is essential. After all, how can you create a great outfit if you can’t even see what you own? Start by decluttering your wardrobe and donating or selling anything that you don’t wear or love. Then, organize the remaining items neatly into categories. Hang what should be hung and fold the rest. Also, invest in a shoe rack so that you can easily visualize complete outfits. After doing so, your closet will feel much more inspiring, and you’ll nix those “nothing to wear” moments.

2. Find a good tailor:

The work of a good tailor can make even a bargain wardrobe look designer. While you may not initially want to spend the extra money to get items altered, you’ll quickly learn that the extra wear you get out of them far outweighs the cost. Whether it’s a pair of jeans that have been hemmed or a dress that’s been taken in, nothing beats a garment that’s precisely fitted to you. Another great tip is to get your tailor to change cheap buttons to fancier styles. Doing so will make all your jackets and coats look infinitely more luxurious.

3. Balance your top and bottom :

While those catwalk models might make pulling off an entirely loose or tight outfit appear simple, it’s not. For most of us, a successful look comes from striking the right balance. As such, it’s important to plan outfits where the top and bottom complement each other. If you’re wearing a loose shirt, try pairing it with tight pants, and if you’re wearing wide-leg pants or a full skirt, consider partnering it with a fitted or cropped top.

4. Invest in style that works for your shape :

Having an endless supply of outfits that look great on you requires strategic shopping. In particular, investing in designs that work for your body shape is essential. If you’re not sure what clothes work best for you, have a look at the most flattering items you already own. If those high-rise skinny jeans and that empire waist dress are working for you, you should shop for other pieces with the same silhouette. Then, have fun experimenting with different fabrics, colors, and embellishments while maintaining the confidence of knowing that you already look fantastic.

5. Create a DIY styling kit :

Even perfectly planned outfits can fall apart when something goes wrong. For those times, a styling kit can be a lifesaver. If you’re not a stylist by trade, create a kit for yourself by stocking up on the essential items for the job. A stain-removing pen, a lint-roller, a pill remover, a needle, and some thread, and safety pins are all must-have emergency items. Other necessary articles include double-sided tape for fixing loose hems and gaping tops, a bra clip for hiding visible straps, and a makeup sponge for banishing deodorant marks.

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