Structured silhouettes define the clean lines of Classic style. Combining nautical prep with a dash of 1960s homemaker creates an enduring look. A-lined skirts, sweater sets, and conservative suits and dresses in solid colors are all staples.
All mixed up and don’t know what to do? Electrifying hues, playful patterns, and adventurous tailoring transform any standard clothing article into an Eclectic masterpiece. Meld patterns and bold colors to get funked up.
At times, rough around the edges covered in metal studs and punk rock aggression, while at others sleeker than James Bond with a martini, Edgy is both fashion forward and fringe. It encompasses everything from Goth and Biker chic to the Avant Garde. Anticipate lots of black, bold prints or patterns, saturated and neon colors, and the unexpected.
Fashion from around the world comprised of traditional cultural costumes from Europe’s Gypsies to the Geishas of Japan and everything in between defines Ethnic style. Contemporary fashions play on traditional influences to create modern pieces that play up tribal prints and patterns, wooden and carved jewelry, bright colors, and beading.
Defined by pink lace and Jane Austen novels, Romantic is so much more than a style, it’s a state of mind. Think a pastel version of Scarlet O’Hara’s velvet window dressing gown minus the impending collapse of Tara. Look for flowy fabrics, ruffles, flowery prints, and flirty necklines draped in taffeta and pearls.
Live in the moment with contemporary fashion. Defined more by the popularity of individual pieces than actual style, Trendy is an “if everyone jumped off the bridge would you jump, too?” scenario. Go ahead and take the plunge. So Well Dressed has your back with a bungee cord and a helmet. This season look for black and white stripes, denim button-down shirts, and cat-eyed sunglasses.
From the roaring 20s to the grunge of the 90s, if it’s not today then it’s Vintage. Feel free to mix the avocado greens and platform shoes of the 70s with one of Kurt Cobain’s flannels, your favorite 50s inspired costume jewelry, and a pair of Audrey Hepburn’s wayfaring sunglasses from the 1961 classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. All totaled is a look somewhere between pin-up girl and bohemian.
[Image sources: Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire, Architectural Digest.]