What is Style?

Style hmmmmmm........... what is it?  Who has it?  What defines it?  What is yours?  How should you style yourself?  What impact does your style have on your life?  How much should you be concerned with your style, your image?  How much should you spend on it?  These are not questions that can be empirically proven and taught as absolutes.  Style is deeply personal and deeply subjective.  As it should be.  It is an art.  You know good style when you see it, whether or not you know exactly why it is good.

In the words of Coco Channel, "Fashion fades, only style remains the same."

In the words of Ralph Lauren, "Fashion is not necessarily about labels. Its not about brands. It's about something else that comes from within you."

In the words of Miuccia Prada, "What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language."

There are a myriad of answers to the questions above.  I am a firm believer that your personal style should not be forced or imitate someone else's.  You are unique and so should your style be.  Style is about feeling your best and giving you an optimal platform with which to interact with the world.  That will look different ways on different people on different days.  

Style alone will not make or break you, but for every action there is a reaction as Sir Isaac Newton taught us.  You are more than what you wear and whatever eye catching, 1999 reminiscent, avant guarde  or indescript ensemble you don, it is the heart and life of the person it encloses that will animate it one way or another.  People might be impressed by your brands or your look, but it is your heart and attitude that will make a lasting impact for better or worse. 

So, as you are selecting the day's garments, the unspoken words which you will wear and thus describe yourself to the world, clothe yourself also with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, with strength, dignity, and right thinking.  Clothes might open the door but character will be invited to stay.    



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