It is often said that fashion is what you make it, and it is all a matter of good taste verses bad. Anne Wintour is famously known for saying, "You either have Style or you Don't". The argument between what is fashion, or style is actually all relative. How well you know yourself and what your life motivations are the basis of your fashion style. So, what exactly is this fashion formula?
It's quite simple a type of A + B = C
CLOTHES + (x) = FASHION (x)
If this is true what is the mysterious something that determines your fashion outcome?
X is based on your own personal Motive. What is it that you want to do with your choice of clothes? What is your intent, inspiration, goal?
For example, here are various fashion types:
1.) FASHION NARCISSIST
Clothing + Selfies = Fashion Narcissist
A Fashion Narcissist are those who dress with the emphasis on receiving admiration. Their fashion choices are based on showcasing outer beauty with no regard to who is inside. In other words, the intent of fashion is purely physical. The projection of inner self, is not considered relevant. Unfortunately, fashion narcissism is currently taking over the fashion world, and "Selfies" have found their way onto the pages of every cult fashion magazines.
2.) FASHION ARTIST
Clothing + self Expression = Fashion Artist
A Fashion Artist are those who dress with the motive to express. These are people who look at clothing as a way to share about their inner self with their outer being. Don't mistake this as only eccentric people who look like cubist paintings. In fact often times, people try to fake their artistic ability by simply picking or wearing anything that is eccentric. It is also considered artistic if you take inspiration from life, art, color, etc. and shape it to fit you aesthetically. Whatever the case, it has to be true to who you are. The hardest part is knowing who that is.
3.) FASHION MATERIALIST
FASHION + Shopping = Fashion Materialist
A Fashion Materialist believes fashion is directly related to shopping. They are highly effected by what is current and on trend, and their style is usually dependent on money. The more expensive, the more stuff, equates in their brain as a higher level of fashion.
Of course there are many more types, and the formula can be made more complex by containing multiple motivations. but my point is simple, like life, fashion is what you make of it. Whether you choose to live pursuing your own ego, finding who you are, or simply buying your way through it, the choice is yours.