It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It
September 9, 2008
Seeing as this is our 100th post, I thought it ought to be something at least vaguely well-argued. It won’t be. Apologies. I was talking to a friend of mine recently about the difference between style and fashion. My argument went like this: For me, fashion is just clothes. Anyone can be fashionable, it’s just a case of shopping in the right stores. Style, however, is how you wear the damn things. A pair of jeans and a t-shirt can go horribly wrong:
He then asked me to describe me own views on fashion. ‘Ailbhe’, says he, ‘what’s in at the moment?’
I thought, and came up with : stripes, tartan, folksy, grungey, goth. Then he says this- ‘So, would you follow any of those trends?’. Consciously no, I wouldn’t. But, then I looked down at what I was wearing- a striped sailor dress with a moss green jumper and a tartan scarf. Stripes- check. Folksy- check. Tartan- check (pun unintended).
It’s difficult to explain really. I don’t follow fashion, but I do. Earlier on that day, the same friend asked me to describe my style. The best that I could come up (albeit a few days late) with was ‘A student in Paris 1968 who has landed in the 80’s.’ Even then though, that’s not entirely accurate. I hate the idea of categorizing what I wear, because then I’ll feel the need to wear only things that fit into that category. In the same way, I never do ‘What I Wore Today’ posts, because it makes it seem as if I have a concrete way of dressing, as it were.
That’s not to say that I don’t wear the same thing a lot. I do. I’m seldom seen without some kind of belt and/or scarf, and generally, I wear tops tucked into waistbands-
This is all liable to change though, and it probably- most definitely- will. Alls I’m trying to say here, is that while I may wear clothes that are in fashion, I never consciously try to be fashion-able. I’d rather wear something that fits me, and that suits me, than whatever Vice or Pop are lauding. At the same time though, if I like a style, and it’s currently in vogue, I’m not going to say no just because the masses like it.
I mean, as Yves said-
Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.
Happy 100th Post, one and all.