Exploring style and taste, which do you have and what’s the difference.
When it comes to clothes what influences you more style or taste? Do you think about fitting in, or standing out?
What is Taste
When it comes to taste, we tend to think of following a set of rules, or at least guidelines. Similar in nature to etiquette and manners, taste implies codes that persist over time that supersede fashion.
Taste can be inherited or cultivated. Those who exude taste will probably find themselves in close company with adjectives like elegant and groomed. Having taste implies you always know what to wear and you never put a foot wrong.
Quite a nice, comfortable place to be. Great for working life and fitting in but what happens when you want to let your wardrobe off the leash? Well, this is where style comes in.
What is Style
If you think of taste and style as opposing ends on a spectrum this might help you figure out where you are on the scale and how you can use both to your advantage. At one end is taste and conformity, and the other style and self-expression.
Nothing exposes the polarity of taste and style more than the vision in animal print that was Bette Lynch. Bette oozed style and screamed bad taste. For her (and actress Julie Goodyear), the need for self-expression – standing out – far outweighed any concern over fitting in.
Not all examples of women who choose style over taste are so extreme. Lots of women break the rules of good taste to evolve an individual style that lets them stand out in a more subtle, unique way.
Take actress Brooke Shields. Her Groucho Marx eyebrows broke all the rules. She could have given in to the taste police and plucked her brows into an acceptable, tastefully groomed arc. Instead she embraced them. They became her trademark, her style. And were adopted by many imitators relieved to set aside their tweezers.
Deciding What’s Important to You
Those who value taste tend to dress modestly and would hate to think they might turn up at an event wearing the wrong thing. The desire to get it right is the defining factor in clothing choices. For those who value style taking risks isn’t such a big deal. The down side of this is that they might get it wrong on occasion.
Most of us are probably come and go a little along the spectrum depending on the occasion and our mood. Sparing a thought for what’s important to you can help you make better decisions about what to buy and what to wear.
Always knows what to wear. Never too revealing. Carefully accessorised. Well groomed.
Duchess of Cambridge
Knows how to own a look. Rule breaker. Unique. Unafraid.
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