Sunday, 19 January 2014

Are you about FASHION or STYLE?

Guest blog by Narola.C.Jamir, Fashion Stylist and Consultant | New Delhi

Fashion & Style – One word. Very trendy and very common. But what do you make of each when they separate and become individuals? What is it that really defines a person in terms of Fashion AND Style? 

Fashionable or Stylish?
Fashionable or Stylish?
If you look around, you’d probably notice that these days, most people are amply clad from head to toe either in their glad rags or in their rugged old pair of jeans.

In this mix crowd, there are the devotees - the ones who religiously follow fashion : All dressed up according to the dictates of the trend report – that dress, that pair of shoe, the right accessories. . . name it and they own it. Every purchase is a steal (as they would call it), acquired either from the high-ends or the thrift shops and the flea markets. They are most updated about the latest scoops from the runways to street wear. 
They can go on about the who‘s who, the what is, and why wear! Fashion magazines are their Bible and fashion moguls are their God. No doubt they are rightly in fashion, but then again, they are all dressed and look the same - even walk and talk the same! A big bunch of this crowd tend to become fashion victims.
The fashion victim
Too much fashion killing you?
Quoted from Wiki, "Fashion victims, by their characteristic inability to recognize boundaries, may aspire to the extreme end of what is available, seeking expensive products (or copies of these products), believing that the outward display of such items will create admiration in proportion to their actual or apparent cost. Because of this, the term 'fashion victim' became the ultimate insult to the aspirational."
fashion victim
Do I look trendy enough?

In continuation to my observation,the other crowd consists of those who loves dressing up but are not 'necessarily fashionable.' They don’t do fashion nor follow it. They have this flamboyant uniqueness about them, which is distinctively expressed by the way they dress and That - happens to be their only dress code.
They dress creatively and not accordingly. They are effortlessly chic either eccentric or ordinary. They dress for their own comforts in their own style which makes them unique.
The thing about fashion is that it keeps on changing from season to season and I  think Fashion is quite moody. Because today, you are fashionably ‘In’ and tomorrow you are not-so-fashionably ‘Out’! On the other hand, Style is timeless and personal.

I admit I like the Stylish lot far more than the Fashionable lot. Some style Icons I admire are Iris Apfel, Madonna and Gwen Stefani. They have the power to inspire with their unique styles.

Iris Apfel
The Stylish Iris Apfel
Gwen Stefani
Rocker Chic: Gwen Stefani

Growing up in the '90s, I was always fascinated by Madonna- her music and style evolution. Everytime a new music video comes out on MTV, she never ceases to surprise and amaze me! She is never boring and has always brought life to Fashion with her Style.

Madonna
Madonna - The Queen of Style

             'Fashions fade, Style is eternal.' - Yves Saint Laurent


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