Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Ruminations About Style

When you hear the word "style", what comes to mind?

I ask only because I think that many have misguided ideas about what style truly is. I know that for years, I certainly did.

Style does not necessarily mean "stylish". It is not synonymous with fashion, although fashion and being fashionable can certainly be a part of someone's style. It is not about radical individualism, either. One does not need to have a wildly creative persona to "have style".

Style is not to be found in all the latest trends or in all the "right" labels. It's not something you purchase. It's not only for the "in" crowd or the "young" crowd, the "vain" crowd.

Style requires a confidence in yourself that transcends the clothes you wear and yet informs your clothing choices. It is beyond money, beyond fads and trends, beyond labels. It is the consciousness and intentionality behind how you dress. It is the respect you have for yourself and others that is carried out in your appearance. It is knowing and defining yourself...not letting others define you.

And anyone, with thought and effort, can develop style.

'Til later,
Jennifer Skinner


RobFromGa said...


A few quotes on style...

“Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”
-- Orson Welles

“Style is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward”
-- Robert Frost

“"Style" is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style.”
-- John Fairchild

“You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!”
-- Dolly Parton

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S Chambers said...


Best definition on style I've heard..."Style requires a confidence in yourself that transcends the clothes you wear and yet informs clothing choices."

I agree wholeheartedly.


Darryl Pace said...


Nice. I fully agree with your definition of style. Seems that everyone has a "style", but most do not consciously create it.


Romance Coach, Online Dating Coach said...

Hi Jennifer,


Interestingly enough I immediately pictured Class Hollywood movie stars, not just those with major GLAMOUR, but those whose styles included elements which were CLASSIC... with elements that were unique or personal. Enduring... (like a great romantic relationship, n'est pas? and strong family relationship ties)

All the best, lady!

April Braswell - Online Dating Coach, Romance Coach

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Lisa M. McLellan said...

Nice to hear from you again fashion queen! Interesting post as usual. What is the latest in babysitting attire? :-) When it comes to fashion and style - you got it going on girlfriend.

Lisa McLellan

ana7mari said...

I know people who wear jeans, a white shirt and sneakers and stand out looking great. in a crowd you can single them out. That's style!! the no wanna-be attitude

matthew shields said...


Style has so many different meanings, I think alot of how you look is how you carry yourself that is style, then cloths you choose makes that much more noticable


John Ho said...

I love that quote from one of the comments. It makes me LOL:

“You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!”

-- Dolly Parton

Lena said...

Hi Jennifer
I think style has smth close to uniquesness,that makes you stand out of the croud and how actually you can deliver it to the world(you should be proud of your choice).

DIYlawyer said...


I am definitely style challenged, I will pay attention to what you write.

DIY Lawyer - Bob Kaufer

Kevin Hogan said...

hey jenn, good to see you here!

Jenya said...

Jennifer, wonderful subject. Having changed careers and lifestyles over last two decades, I've always struggled with the idea of what defines a womans style, what she does or who she is, and can the two be combined.