Sunday, February 1, 2009

Style Egos

Let's define style alter ego's. There is usually a "look" that accompanies outfits. When you get dressed, you will fall into one of the following categories. Some of these names vary according to which fashion magazine/book/designer/etc you are talking to, but the looks remain the same. According to most style icon books there are a group of styles in fashion people tend to gravitate to, here are my interpretations and an example or two of each:
1. Classic- pieces that never go out of style (Jennifer Aniston is the poster child)
2. Preppy- Part schoolgirl, part polished (Think Blair Waldorf)
3. Bohemian (Boho)- Hippie-esk (Sienna Miller)
4. All American- girl-next-door looks with a polished flair (Rachel Bilson)
5. Rocker- what would you wear to a concert, particularly if you were the one on stage (Blondie, Avril Lavine, etc.)
6. Femme Fatale/Bombshell- classic sexy pieces (think leopard) put together with some attitude (Marilyn Monroe
7. Quirky- Bright colors, interesting pieces, you actually want to look a little weird while still looking good (Betsey Johnson, Zooey Deschanel)
8. Gamine- European inspired polished with a school girl twist (Audrey Hepburn, Katie Holmes)
9. Romantic/Girly- Feminine pieces with ruffles, flowers, and other details for an ultimate girly look (Kerri Russel, Mandy Moore)
10. California Cool- T-shirts and jeans, shorts, sandals, and minimal hair and make up give a sporty, laid-back cool style (Kirsten Dundst, Lauren Conrad)
11. Artsy- Your clothes make a statement, abstract, loud colors, statement pieces, and interesting shapes contribute to this look (Vera Wang)
12. Retro/Vintage- A purposeful look into past decades of style. Vintage clothes are anything 20 years or older. Anything made to look old is qualified as retro (Gwen Stefani, Your Grandma)
12. Eclectic- A mix and match of styles, shapes, colors, and sizes. Anything and anything together goes for an Eclectic chick (Misha Barton, Lindsey Lohan)

My favorite style books that explain these further:

The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style

In Style: Instant Style

The Lucky Shopping Manual

In Style: Secrets of Style

All these books rock and explain style looks better than I ever could! To have your fashion vocab, you need to familiarize yourself with these styles, and the art of creating these styles.


  1. just wondering, which category would you place me in?
    Ashley Muir

  2. I especially of late like the Gamine look, even if, of course, I don't dress it everyday. I think it also happens to be one of the more expensive looks.