Style vs. Stylish

I know I've written about this before, but I don't think I can stress this enough. Today's post might be a bit of a rant, but it's a rant with purpose. Style and to be stylish have two completely different meanings, yet because of language and etymology and all that good stuff, the two words are often used interchangeably, much to my annoyance (along with fashionable and trendy, ugh). Style is personal; style is a consistent look that defines, but does not limit, who you are. It speaks for you without shouting. Many fashion icons will wear the same outfit or look all the time because it's reliable and it shows that it's timeless. It also builds upon the person, so if you saw that look on anyone else, or saw the person with a different look, it wouldn't be the same. Style isn't just the clothes, it's the character. The clothes you see walking down the runway, or on the racks, are empty shells waiting to be filled with personalty. Style is a noun and stylish is an adjective, and a person's style isn't always necessarily stylish. Just like any other adjective, what is stylish and what is not is based on your individual opinions and thoughts, but style is indisputable. A person can have style by wearing the same, timeless looks (for example, Grace Coddington's all-black-except-the-shoes-and-hair fashion week uniform), or have style by wearing the same type of clothes, in the same style if you will, clothes that look like they are from the same closet, but maybe not the same collection (for example, Hamish Bowles' classic elegance). Style differs for everybody, if you truly have style, then your style should be able to fit and define only you, not everybody else. Style shouldn't be a costume that you put on in the morning and take off at the end of the day; style should be like your skin or soul, it should stick with you wherever you go. Style will always be there for you to fall back on when the trends let you down.


  1. *the picture is one I took on the ferry on a trip to NYC.*

  2. YES!!! I totally agree with you on this piece. Do you mind/like if I put a part of your writing in a blogpost I'm working on about stylefiles? Let me know!