Confused about fashion vs style? Ever wondered how long a fashion lasts? How to decide whether a style is quaint, old-fashioned, etc? Experts have shared some ideas.
Fashion vs Style
Among them, James Laver is often quoted in this regard.
Who is James Laver? According to Wikipedia, “James Laver, CBE, FRSA (14 March 1899 – 3 June 1975) was an English author, critic, art historian, and museum curator who acted as Keeper of Prints, Drawings and Paintings for the Victoria and Albert Museum between 1938 and 1959. He was also an important and pioneering fashion historian described as “the man in England who made the study of costume respectable”. Impressive guy, isn’t he?
Taste and Fashion
The same costume will be
Indecent … 10 years before its time
Shameless … 5 years before its time
Outré (daring) … 1 year before its time
Smart, Dowdy … 1 year after its time
Hideous … 10 years after its time
Ridiculous … 20 years after its time
Amusing … 30 years after its time
Quaint … 50 years after its time
Charming … 70 years after its time
Romantic … 100 years after its time
Beautiful … 150 years after its time
– James Laver (1899-1975), Taste and Fashion (1937) ch. 18
As a person who seldom thinks about fashion, I guess I would be somewhere in between Ridiculous to Dowdy. 😀 Of course, I don’t mind a bit. Between fashion and style, I’d rather choose style because I simply can’t cope with the constant changes and movements of the fashion industry.
More Quotations on Fashion and Style
These icons said it best:
“Mode passes; style remains. Mode is made of a few amusing ideas, meant to be used up quickly, so they can be replaced by others in the next collection. A style endures even as it is renewed and evolved..” – Coco Chanel (1883-1971), in an interview conducted by the journalist Joseph Barry in McCall’s magazine in 1965
Audrey Hepburn, the elegant beauty who captivated the world for decades, urge us to be confident and stand up for our own style.
“Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.” – Audrey Hepburn
While the great geniuses of fashion tell us to enjoy fashion and not be trapped by, or be slaves of, fashion. We know there are many who would go into debts just for the sake of being able to boast that they run with the fashionable crowd.
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” – Gianni Versace
“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.” – Alexander McQueen
Another humorous way of looking at fashion is:
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), as quoted in The Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (1949) by Evan Esar
And for those of us who aren’t geniuses, we could consider these words:
“One pretends to do something, or copy someone or some teacher, until it can be done confidently and easily in what becomes one’s own style”. – Cary Grant
Now, what is your style? Do you care what others think of you?