You feel confident, powerful, capable and above all happy when you wear your favourite clothes. Fashion makes you feel empowered. When you wear what makes you happy, there is a theory ( as seen here) that dopamine is released in your brain and gives you the same rush that a drug might give you. Which is the fashion style that makes you this happy that your therapist is out of job! Let us dig out the different fashion styles before you find out which one you like the most.
Different types of Fashion Styles
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This is an all-encompassing fashion style, that evolved from the streets. It originated from the Californian surf and skate culture. But today major designers, brands and influencers all have embraced this style and it is not confined to the streets anymore. It is the epitome of modern urban fashion.
Learn more about this style & the 7 staples you need to follow this style – “What is streetwear fashion?”
Ethnic fashion style
This refers to clothing adopted completely or partially from traditional costumes of different nations. This includes but is not limited to the Mexican peasant blouses, Afghan coats, Japanese Kimonos, Tunics and Kaftans from the east, colorful bandanas from the gypsies that people all over the world have adopted as their own. True global fashion!
Formal Office Wear
Even for the casual dresser, who hardly thinks about clothes, “What to wear to the office, especially meetings and functions?” is a major dilemma. Formal office wear is the style that addresses this segment. This includes a tuxedo or formal dark suit and matching tie for men and appropriate dresses, skirts, shirts, trousers for women. You may not be able to escape this section of fashion style if you want to shine in your office.
Learn the terms used to describe the different Dress codes in formal dressing here.
This is just short of being saddled with the stiff upper lip the formal wear has but still good enough for meetings and office functions. A blazer and a matching pant or khakis with a formal collared shirt and optional tie are the most commonly seen business casual for men. Sports jackets are also used in a more casual setting. For women, slacks or skirts with proper blouses/tunics with a suitable jacket constitute business casual
Evening Black Tie
This article calls it the formal dress code. It is the formal attire for men with strict specifications – like Tailcoats, tuxedos. Girls get to wear glamorous evening gowns and cocktail dresses.
Sportswear is nowadays used as a synonym for casual wear. Earlier, only sportsmen used to be seen in the sports clothes but nowadays, with celebrities taking up the trend, everyone is being seen out in their best workout clothes, even without doing a 5-minute workout that day.
Activewear is an alternative name for sportswear. Athleisure is the term coined to use for trendy sportswear. Most of the sportswear is made in a fabric that is comfortable enough to be worn anywhere and stretchy enough to be form-fitting and attractive, without losing its shape
Leggings, tank tops, sports bras, outerwear, polo shirts, yoga pants are all the staples if you want to follow this trend. The major sports brands include Adidas, Puma, Altura, Fila, DKNY, yoga pants from Lululemon and Sweaty Betty. Check out this post for interesting photos of how this style emerged in America, the way most styles do, through celebrities.
This is the ultimate feminine style – if you like this style you will be wearing mostly pink clothes and accessories and will use a lot of make-up. You will be dressing in skirts, dresses, and blouses with cute details like bows or ruffles, flounces and lace.
Androgynous fashion style
This is a gender neutral fashion style in which you dress in clothes of either gender (male and female) combining them in your own unique style. Also called as Unisex clothing. Other terms associated with style are Gender fluid, genderless. In women’s clothing this term is associated with adopting men’s clothing completely and a no make up look. Learn more about Androgynous style here.
Most 13-14 year old girls go through a phase when anything pink and girly becomes an anathema to them. When newly initiated teens rebel against their previous girly clothes, barbie looks and go for graphic tees, loose layered clothing, black painted nails, tennis skirts in dark colors, combat boots, crop tops and mom jeans combined with startlingly vivid dyed hair, thick lined eyes, the new generation calls it the e-girl aesthetic.
This goth inspired fashion is a viral trend among girls who are almost always on the instagram. The scene fashion style can be said to be a predecessor to this style.
Scene fashion style
This is a teenage fashion style that encompasses a lifestyle. It is followed by people who like a certain kind of music. Colored hair (think pink and blue) Tattoos, face piercings combined with clothes similar to the rocker chic but slightly different – that is ‘scene’. The followers of this style wear tight t-shirts with cartoon imagery or some other such graphics, booty shorts leggings or tight pants with skirts like a tutu over it.
Rocker Chic Style
A Devil may care attitude is the most important thing in this fashion other than the edgy fashion style staples like the skinny leather pants/jeans, black boots or spiky heels , Vintage t-shirts with patches (lots and lots of them) bomber/motorcycle jackets and dark colors, both in garments, accessories and for make up.
The followers of this style always wear form-fitting clothes. Other distinguishing style statements are black nail polish, studs in all their clothing, lots of jewelry including chunky bracelets and spikey necklaces.
You may never have held a skateboard in your hands let alone touched it with your legs, but you can still be a skateboarder. Wear loose comfortable and functional clothes and follow brands like Supreme, Thrasher and Palace. Skater chic as it is also called includes oversized graphic t-shirts with an open over shirt, sneakers, skater shoes, skater pants or shorts and hoodies.
The gothic fashion refers to a dark mysterious style of fashion which verges on the edge of morbidness; you may have heard of it as dressing like the vampires. This style is associated with teenagers and rock musicians who dress exclusively in black but it is a lot more than that. It encompasses a wholly distinct Gothic culture and includes movies, fiction, and very passionate followers.
Learn more details about this style and its variations – Gothic fashion & clothing
The fashion when you are pregnant ( and immediately after delivery), so that you still feel attractive and at the same time accommodate the growing/grown belly.
This refers to big girls dressing like a little girl – It is a cute fashion meant for the teens and girls in their early 20s. The wardrobe in this fashion would include frilly petticoats, dresses with puffy sleeves, cute headwear, printed socks, light jackets, cute collars, cuffs and gloves. You can learn a lot more about the Lolita Fashion here.
Gothic lolita style
This is a Japanese street fashion that is very popular in Japan and US. This style is in contrast to the original Lolita style clothing; It is predominantly black, but similar to the Lolita style in terms of the type of clothes. It is different from Gothic in that the clothes are extremely feminine and cute and does not have the dark and mysterious style of the Gothic fashion.
Hip Hop Style
Hip hop is the most popular music genre in the US and the style of the rappers is copied by the fans in hoards. You will find baseball jerseys, bomber jackets, jeans in this style.
Chave culture Style
This is a fashion style that originated among the British working class and features football t-shirts, anoraks, loafers – the casual dressing styles of middle-class boys and girls.
Kawaii is another Japanese street fashion that has been accepted all over the world by teenagers. The term which means ‘cute’ is translated to this style in the form of extremely feminine clothes like short skirts and t-shirts with cute cartoon characters emblazoned on them.
This is a style associated with prep school students in North-eastern America. Nowadays this style has been adopted by others outside these campuses as well. Straight leg chinos or khakis, polo shirts, button-down oxfords, Henley shirts paired with sports jackets, crew neck sweaters, plaid short skirts are hallmarks of a preppy look.
Cowgirl fashion style
This the style that proclaims that you are a cowgirl at heart like the ones you see in the 19th-century Wild West. The style includes button-down shirt, cowboy boots and a wide brimmed hat, leather fringe details. Denim Skirt was one staple of cowgirl style, which is not so favorite today.
Lagenlook Fashion style
In this style of clothing, many layers of unconventionally shaped clothing are worn one on top of the other. There is a certain individuality in the look. This style originated in Europe, to be specific in Germany.
Girl next door fashion style
A girl next door is a sweet caring simple girl and this unassuming style will belong to her. This is a sweet and simple laid back style with the most comfortable clothes including slip dresses. Comfortable graphic tees, simple sundresses are all part of this style.
Casual Chic Style
This is an elegant style with clothes chosen mostly in black, white, and neutral colors. The whole look is very classy . In this style one thing you would miss is too much color -you could say, absolutely no garish colors but only elegance.
Geeky chic Style
Loose fitting almost slouchy pants, spectacles, especially ones with oversized frames, loafers, hair slides keeping stray hair in check are some of the components of this style. Comfort is key here.
This is a style of clothing in which everything has a khaki and sand palette. You dress like you are on a safari or like you are in the military. All the clothes have a comfortable relaxed fit, patch pockets and wide belts.
This is a vintage inspired style ie a style that reminds you of the fashion of a previous era. Fashion already borrows a lot from past styles, but these clothing have more of the vintage style than others. Vintage-inspired dresses, skirts, tops, and pants are mostly used for costume parties but there are people who like to dress solely in cute dresses from the past.
You can learn about the difference between Vintage clothing and Vintage inspired fashion here.
Flapper fashion (20’s look)
This a style of the 1920’s when women discarded the restrictive corsets and ridiculous petticoats of bygone years in favour of a looser silhouette. The style involved loose dropped waistline calf length dresses with plunging necklines and a flat chest which suited the sentimentality of the times; It had a boxy silhouette and was iconic in that it heralded a new fashion era for the western women. Read more about 1920s fashion and this look here
When you want to look like a boy and eschew all feminine aspects from your dressing style you are a tomboy.
This is a casual androgynous style with loose-fit blouse and jeans, leather or tailored jacket, and shiny loafers/pumps. Rugged menswear is combined with feminine elements to get this look right.
Vacation (Resort) style
Also called summer wear or cruise wear because this is what you will wear on your luxury vacation. This style is all about travel and relaxation – think shorts, loose t-shirts, caftans swimsuit cover-ups, jogger pants, wide brimmed summer hats and strappy sandals. It also includes full-length evening gowns (think maxi dresses) and semi-formal attire for men.
This is an exaggerated way of dressing in styles some people would consider strange or over the top. It is a style with many in-your-face elements that would not be seen in every day dressing.
Artsy Fashion style
This is an unconventional style with bright and bold colors and exaggerated prints. The clothes and accessories will have unusual silhouettes in strange shapes. Mostly handcrafted accessories and handmade fabrics.
This is a style that originated in the 80s ( as part of the grunge music) with a heavy emphasis on layering and oversized silhouettes with a casual nonchalant attitude. The staples of this style include leather jackets, flannel shirts, metallic jackets, ripped denim, crop tops, cool slogan t-shirts, combat boots, fishnet stockings, beanies, mom jeans, and slouchy sweaters. Baggy, torn and messy clothes are constants in this working-class fashion style.
“I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious. It was my ambition to understand the world I live in.” This quote from Vivienne Westwood, the flag bearer of this fashion style encapsulates the whole theory of punk style.
The suggestions for clothes in this category are Tshirts with defiant and provocative wordings, fishnet stockings, leather jackets, studded black boots, tight black pants, skater skirt, startling colorful short spiky hair (Mohawk), black colored clothing. Combine this with Dark eyelined eyes, lots of body piercings and tattoos and you have punk. Mid 1980 was the peak time of this fashion. Neofascist punk, straight edge punk, cyberpunk, emo punk are other variations of this style
Hippie style of the 70s consisted of long hair, brightly colored clothing made in free and flowy fabrics with exotic bold prints and patterns and, bell bottom pants. Boho chic is the modern-day variation of the hippie style. Adapted to the modern sentiments this style uses clothes made of natural materials or things which are handcrafted. The colorful nature of this style and the free-spirited way can be seen in the relaxed fit of all the clothing belonging to this type, for eg. the flowing or billowy maxi dress.
This is the fashion that emulates what Bikers would wear – leather jackets, motorcycle vests, skin tight pants or leather pants, exposed zippers as embellishments, boots and the symbol of the skull in accessories. You can read about the 5 must have elements of biker chic fashion here.
Psychedelic Fashion style
This is a colorful fashion style which is a combination of many styles – clothes are mostly in colorful printed fabrics. Intense and bold colors were mostly used like purple and orange. Ethnic prints like paisley prints are also used in clothes.
This is big. If you are not the type you wouldn’t know but if you are, you know how many people dress up to look like their favourite characters or in period costumes. Anime characters and Furries are a craze for some people. Furries refer to dressing like a furry animal. Read this article to know how popular this is.
This refers to exclusive custom-fitted exquisite clothing made by high end designers. Celebrities regularly use haute couture designer gowns and ensemble for their functions/celebrations. If you like this fashion style you will have to shell out a hell of a lot of money for each of the creations . But then, to look like a million bucks you have to spend. Read more on Haute couture here.
This refers to a style of clothing that is loose fitting, comfortable and modest with very less skin revealing. It is usually associated with religious beliefs or a liking for androgynous clothing. Long length tunics are typical of this style.
Prairie chic style
This refers to a romantic and feminine style similar to the dressing of the pioneer women. The long dresses in this style will sport high necklines and ruffled trims and puffy sleeves will usually be made of subtly floral light weight fabric in earth in light soft and earthy shades. Lace up boots will usually be used with these feminine dresses.
This is closely related to punk fashion. The fashion included booty shorts, baggy pants, jumpsuits, and other clothing in bold colors, fishnet stockings, colorful leg warmers and platform shoes.
This is a style characterized by startling colors and exaggerated styling, meant for attracting attention.
Ankara Fashion Style
Ankara fashion style refers to wearing clothes made of the vibrant and colorful patterned African wax print fabric.
Arthoe Fashion Style
The typical garments in this style are Overalls or mom jeans, graphic tees usually in mustard yellow which may be plain or striped, art socks and sneakers or Mary janes. This fashion style has its origin in the Tumblr and is inspired by a love for arts, color and flowers. It was popular during the 1900s and 2010s.