Fashion vs. Style

Hutton in a J.Crew campaign from '09. She's a classic kind of darling, isn't she?

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year. Style is what you pick out of that fashion… it’s what you make of it once you’ve learned what to accept and ignore based on what looks good on you.”

Can I get an AMEN!

The gorgeous, gap-toothed model/style icon Lauren Hutton, quoted from J.Crew’s latest ad campaign, is exactly right: The women we admire most for their sense of style aren’t the most trendy. They’re the ones who know what colors, cuts and patterns look best on them, and they aren’t afraid to ignore the trends.

In other words, every time Vogue or Glamour cry, GO OUT RIGHT NOW AND BUY THIS FUGLY THING OR YOU’LL BE A LOSER!!!!!!!!, the truly stylish among us go: meh.

So how’s about we  just take a look at the difference between fashion and style. This should be fun. You excited? I’m excited. Let’s go!

 

STYLE: Rocking colors that are complimentary to your skin tone

Rosario at last year's VMAs

FASHION: Similar color scheme for a gal of a completely different complexion = washed-out disaster.

We'll be gracious and not comment on the drop-crotch pants disaster.

STYLE: Flattering your figure with carefully chosen, even tailored, shapes

FASHION: Ugh.

How quickly one girl goes wrong... so very, very wrong

STYLE: Daring to do something fantastic, fun, flattering and totally different with your look

FASHION: Going so different from your look that your colors become Crayola-worthy. Candy-apple red, anyone?

–By Tara Cavanaugh