There are many ways to express youself. You can do it through speaking, writing, and art. But one of the best ways to present to the world who you are and how you would like to be preceived is through fashion. Not only the options are endless, but it also allows your creativity to blossom. Some people stick to the same style. The one they think suits them the best. Some people like to explore them all, showing a different side of themselves with every outfit choice. While it is encouraged to not limit yourselves to only one style, there is always the one style that stands out and makes you feel like the best form of you. So which fashion style are you?
Vintage is a broad term for using clothing items and accessories that were popular in a previous era. It also refers to using specific textures and prints that are associated with different time periods. Originally, it became popular after World War I, when people started to reuse clothing items due to shortage in textile. While vintage clothing can be found in second-end stores and local boutiques, high end stores also embraced the trend and started featuring vintage clothes under known brands. For marketing purposes, new desginers sometimes refer to this style as retro. Many celebrities are sporing the vintage style in both fancy events and everyday life. Dita Von Teese for example is known to go for 50s dresses.
A dress code that is all about comfort and personal expression. There is almost no limitation when it comes to casual clothing. It just basically follows the message that comfort is more important than formality. Some people tend to confuse "casual" with no-effort, but this is missleading. Some people put a lot of thought and planning into the goal of looking effortless. Take for a example the "Messy Bun", do you know how much effort goes into creating the perfect one?
This style became popular during the 60 and 70s, but has roots much back further in the past. The original "Bohemians" were travellers or refugees from central Europe. People usually think of it has closely related with the arts as many creators and artsy people were also referred to as Bohemians. A good example from the early 20th century is Virginia Woolf. The 60s Flower Child, however, brought it to life again, and hence modern Bohemian style is often associated with floral patterns, natural fabrics, and flowing pieces. Much of the colorful accessories are also closely related to this time period.
As opposed to the light, festive colors of the Bohemian style, Gothic fashion is all about dark and mysterious colors, among which black is the most dominante. Not to be confused with heavy metal and emo fashion, gothic fashion borrows inspiration from the Victorians and Elizabethans. You can see it in the patterns and accessories that have a dark-royal vibe to them. Apart from the clothes, gothic style also goes into the makeup choice and is often paired with a dark eyeliner and black lips.
The Tomboy style used to refer to girls wearing masculine clothes. But since those days, where the lines between men and women where much more defined, this style evolved alot. And not just because it is very hard nowadays to strictly classify between clothes for girls and clothes for boys, but also due to the fact that in the past couple of decades, the street style exploded and the tomboy style got a whole new meaning. The tomboy style basically has two different styles under it. You have the Avril Lavigne Skater Boy kind of tomboy on one side, and the Blazery-Suited style on the other. Tomboy allows you to go from Casual to Classy while completely owning it.
Now we get to the more mature, classy look. A sophisticated look exudes elegance and finesse. However, though is sounds a tad restricting, there are many ways to embody it with very simple steps. First thing, it is very important to choose the right fabric. Silk, linen, wool, and cotton are examples of classy fabrics. You can also mix and match, but make sure not to overdo it with the amount of textures you wear together. When it comes to colors, any color can work, but it depends on the combination. Monochromatic outfits are always a good option when you find it hard to decide what goes with what and which pattern to choose. Lastly, what can shift an outfit from "regular" to sophisticated are the accessories. Adding an elegant hat, carefully selected jewelry, and a purse can easly transform you into the sophiticated looking person you aimed for.
From the monochrom sophisticated style we move to the style that everyone associates with flashing colors. Here you can definitely go crazy and literally almost everything goes. It is one of the most expressive styles since it virtually have no limitations on colors, patterns, shapes, and textures. Usually people who sport this style go for the brightest colors, in many combinations. But it is not just the colors. Flamboyant style is also famous for its extraordinary cuts and shapes, giving you complete freedom when its comes to lengths, symmetry, layers, and accessories.
This style comes from the old private Northeastern university-preparatory schools and is usually similar in style to the student uniforms used in these educational institutions. For men, it comes from the Ivy League dress code, but is also inspired by outdoor activities that were usually associated with the upper class, such as polo, golf, tennis and fencing. For women, this style came in the 60s and it usually includes tailored skirt suits, wrap dresses, blouses, and low heels. In recend years, many known fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren and Elizabeth McKay brought this style back to life.