Style and Fashion are more often than not confused for the same thing when in fact the two are in a lot of ways polar opposites of each other. Yves Saint Laurent famously said



This simple statement says a lot about the difference between the two. To make it simple I have organised the differences as bullet points. Each point describes a property of either of the two and how the other is different from it.

  • Style is an extension of your personality while Fashion is an attribute governed by conventionality.

Style is the portrayal of our taste and our likings by means of our dress, our bearing and the overall impression that we give out when we meet someone. It is an individual’s identity of sorts. Your style makes you stand out from the crowd. It helps you get recognised as a person who knows what he is doing and not just anyone following the crowd. 

On the other hand, Fashion is the portrayal of a trend. Something that everyone is doing and often helps you identify with the crowd. It is a means of saying “I am doing what everyone else is doing!”

  • Fashion changes, Style evolves.

Fashion can get quite harsh on your wallet and is notoriously difficult to keep up with as it keeps changing. It follows trends which change seasonally. Style, however, is governed by much longer lasting factors like Cultures and sub-cultures, Body types, Professions, Upbringing and so on. As we grow, Our style grows with us. There are changes that stem from the same base and further strengthen and enhances our personal charisma.

  • Fashion only concerns what appears to the eye whereas Style extends beyond suits.

One of the biggest differences between the two is that style goes beyond just clothes. Your style is in your voice, your choice of words, your haircut, your posture, your confidence, your way of doing things and so on, while fashion is just an instrument of visual appeal. 

  • Style is less technical than fashion.

Style extends far beyond adherence to rules and set formats into something that is personal and visceral. It defies trends and relies on personal choice giving individuals a space to present themselves and be perceived as they wish to be.

In contrast, fashion obsesses over technical aspects of dressing and stresses on perfect proportions.

  • Fashion distracts, style connects.

Style blurs the lines of the class system. It makes it harder for the rich and poor to know who is who. It is your attitude and your personality.

Fashion, on the other hand, put the rich above the everyday. By its very nature, Fashion assumes a gap between where you are and where you should be by creating a facade of a perfect appearance.



The Conclusion

Now, If you are wondering how to develop a personal style, we have good news. You already have one.  You can find it in the music you love, your favourite food, your hobbies and the people you spend time with. It is your relationship with yourself. All you have to do is recognise it and build upon it and believe us, It can do wonders for you.

Remember the thumb rule; Fashion lays emphasis on your clothes, the items that are deemed fashionable and trendy while Style lays emphasis on the person and his value system. It is intrinsic and defines who you are. The choice is yours whether you want to follow the crowd or Stand out and Own who you are.


Signing off

Yours truly.


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17 Responses

  1. Becca Talbot says:

    I’ve never really been one to follow fashion trends and phases. I think I have my own laid-back style, casual and comfy x

  2. I definitely feel that my style has evolved quite a bit and I don’t pay much attention to fashion other than what’s in the shops x

  3. I agree that is why I tend to use the word ‘style’ as opposed to fashion in most cases. Style is personal and individualistic whereas fashion is homogeneous.

  4. Ania Travels says:

    I love this, a lot of people (men and women) usually think that style and fashion is the same thing. Style is more personal and you already have it.

  5. Dunja says:

    I like the way you think! I completely agree. So many people are following fashion blindly and thinking they have a great style. Great style comes with great personality 🙂

  6. Aditi says:

    I completely agree, I have never been able to follow fashion. I just like to keep things comfortable yet a bit classy, that’s all that works for me.

  7. Prateek Goel says:

    I seriously, never been into fashion or don’t have knowledge of fashion trends and phases. But the fact remains the same… charisma comes with a great personality which these days is suppressed I think!

  8. I think following one’s own spirit and not following the fashion trends is far more important than being fashionable. Being true to yourself is the most important thing.

  9. I think having your own style is something very important rather than just blindly following the trend out there

  10. Elena says:

    I remeber explaining the difference between style and fashion to so many people. From now on I will refer them to this post.

  11. Elizabeth O says:

    I totally agree. Others really follow what’s in the mood or what’s in now, especially the teenagers. Sometimes we do not need to follow the trends, we really need to follow our heart.

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