style is not fashion
So, I chose the topic “Grown up Goth Style” as the theme that will nourish the ramblings in this blog. Does this mean I think myself as a Fashionista?
Boy, I’d love to say that I’m half as illustrated in Fashion as it is necessary to be called one of those. I’d also love to say that I have half the money necessary to keep that hobby! The truth is, even if I attribute fashion a great deal of importance in what Style refers to, under any circumstances do I think it’s the only aspect.
I think Fashion is important because it composes a great part of your personal image. It may even make up most of the first impression you give to people who meet you for the first time. But what happens when you start talking to someone you just met? The way you express yourself verbally may reinforce the first impression you gave them, a impression just based in your looks. Or it also may change it completely.
I’m inclined to see Style as the image you portray to the rest of the world when you talk, walk, dress, move and, in general, live. If you agree with this, you will agree too with the idea that Style is not fashion. Maybe fashion is Style. But fashion is not the only thing that composes Style at all.
As blogger Gala Darling explains in her article How to Cultivate your Personal Style:
Style is not just about what you wear, it’s about what you do & how you do it. (…) Everything you do is a declarative statement of your personal style, whether you’re aware of it or not.
So, according to this: body language is style, music is style, verbal language is style, the groups of people you hang out with are style, the places where you hang out at are part of your style; and, to sum it up, everything that goes according to you personal tastes dictates your personal style as well.