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Style vs Fashion

When it comes to fashion, there are a couple things that pop into my head.

1. The outfits from Sex in the City.

2. The outfits from The Devil Wears Prada.

I'm fairly certain that I'm not the only one who thinks this since they were both very

entertaining and monumental in the fashion scene. But it goes a little deeper than that

for me. Not only do I love both of these masterpieces but they almost perfectly describe

how I feel about the fashion industry as a whole.

There's a part of me that thinks clothes are just pieces of fabric put together, a human need that's used daily so people don't walk around practically nude. Hence why I'll never understand how some clothing items run for thousands of dollars because of a certain brand. That's where I relate to Anne Hathaway's character. I feel most of the time fashion is just a cover-up to wear the most ridiculous creations ever looked upon and because it's under the laws of fashion it's "fashionable". (Tutus with ruffled feathers… no thanks.)

But then there is another side to me that knows there's a history behind clothing and

there are lots of influence and representation accompanied with it. There are fashion eras

where you can guess what year it was based on clothing alone. Fashion has changed

rules as well as broken those same rules. There's also numerous communities centered

around it and it has changed a lot of people's lives for the better; and that's where I believe style comes into play.

I believe style is the ability to express one's self and interest through clothing.

No matter what age I watch Sex and the City, there's not one episode where I don't gawk

over articles of clothing or assets. My favorite dress to be exact is the Christian Dior

Daily dress. (I'm absolutely obsessed with that dress). Not only did Sarah Jessica

Parker look gorgeous in it but she was able to blend her characters love for fashion and

print together creating Carrie Bradshaw's unique sense of style. According to Forbes,

that also goes for Jackie Kennedy's simple but conservative chic style, and Diana Ross's

maximalist/diva style.

It's a thin line but there is a difference. Fashion usually begins a trend that you'll start to

see everyone wearing, whereas style usually is ridiculed for its difference and when

attempted to be replicated it never really has the same effect. However, there isn't one

without the other. Fashion represents the clothes while style represents the person

wearing the clothes. It's one thing for a person to have a fashion sense but it's

endearing to see a person with their own sense of style. For with that, there is usually a

strong sense of self-confidence, self-love and self-acceptance.


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