Fashion Styles : 40+ Types { Which one are you Today ?}

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

 

Streetwear Style

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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

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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.

Business Casual

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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 is 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

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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.

Sports Wear

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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.

Girly Style 

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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

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 jewellery including chunky bracelets and spikey necklaces.

Skateboarders

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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

Goth Fashion

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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

Maternity Style

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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.

Lolita Fashion

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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 headwears, printed socks, light jackets, cute collars, cuffs and gloves.You can learn a lot more about the Lolita Fashion here.

Gothic lolita style

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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

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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 fashion

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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 

Preppy style

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

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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.

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

Girl next door fashion style

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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 

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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

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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.

Military style

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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

Retro Fashion

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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.

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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 

Tomboy

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When you want to look like a boy and eschew all feminine aspects from your dressing style you are a tomboy. 

Garconne look

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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

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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.

Camp Style

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

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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.  

Grunge style

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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.

Punk

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“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

Boho/Bohemian chic

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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.

Biker fashion

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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.

Cosplay Fashion

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 refers to dressing like a furry animal. Read this article to know how popular this is.

Haute Couture

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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.

Modest fashion

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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.

Rave fashion

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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.

Flamboyant style

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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.

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  1. Your article is very detailed and well structured. I was looking for fashion styles and description for a certain taxonomy am working on. I would love to use this article to make up the content of my taxonomy, altho I don’t know if there is any copyright policy on it.

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      Hi Angela
      Thanks for the appreciative words. If you use the text from the post, yes, there would be a copyright issue. Maybe you can use a sentence or two and point out to the site. Thanks

  2. Wow this article is horrible. First off I’ve been a cosplayer since 2013, a lolita since 2014, and I just like sub fashion stuff. I found this article when looking for inspiration for a cosplay ironically. Now most of the mainstream examples they give are okay. But when looking at all the sub fashion looks I just can’t help, but be annoyed as the writer of this clearly rushed through the sub fashions. First off lolita isn’t just for women or people in their twenties. Top it off BOTH pictures for lolita fashion and the gothic sub set (which by the way is still a part of lolita so I don’t know why it needed a second category) are very wrong. Both of the image are of cosplays. The same issues occurs for the picture used for rave fashion. I don’t even attend raves outside of cosplay conventions, but I know that cosplay raves are a small sub section of rave culture. Yes Harley Quinn (the character if you didn’t know) has some inspo from rave fashion, but using a cosplay photo for it just isn’t correct. Then for flapper fashion they used someone in a costume vs retro which is right above it in a more accurate modern flapper outfit. For the image of kawaii fashion it’s just an Asian girl wearing a pastel shirt. Kawaii fashion cannot be summed up in one photo like that. It couldn’t in general, but if you’re trying to why not use something like fairy kei or decora or even lolita again or otome fashion or mori kei or like legit anything that actually is kawaii fashion?? Yes she looks soft and if maybe a better photo of her in the outfit were given it would work better, but from the one given it’s not really that ‘kawaii’ fashion/style. Goth is also pretty bad. Goth although is the best of the worst so take that as you will. She looks like a baby goth or more casual. Camp was mediocre, but there are a myriad of better pictures the writer could’ve used. For Garconne look the model really only matches the fact of wearing a loose fitting-ish outfit. The model doesn’t look androgynous at all. The model could be okay-ish for more modern versions. Now the descriptions are pretty bad as well. For lolita fashion and the gothic part the writer links to a bit of a better article. First off as a lolita we are not dressing like little girls THAT IS NOT THE POINT. And for the gothic part again I don’t know why this needed to be added. Gothic lolita can be as dark and even darker than some sub gothic looks. There was no point and I just really hated this one as I know the most about it and it’s also by far the worst descriptions given here. As an lgbt+ person I also really hate the description of camp as it ignores the fact of how big lgbt+ culture is in it. Camp was cultivated by use and to ignore that completely is rather ignorant to the style. No we aren’t the only people who make camp fashion or wear it, but like not including a single detail is just wrong. Goth, now I am not a goth, but I have lots of goth friends. NO it’s not just for teens and I’m gonna go on a limb here, but from what I know about it most people who wear it aren’t teens. Goth culture started with the music then went ahead and with the rest and that the writer didn’t mention the music at all is rather annoying. In fact lots of goth don’t consider people who only wear the style and don’t listen to the music not really goth. For me I can’t say much on that point. Either way how can you include vampires in describing goth, but not the core of being goth? Cosplay. The cosplay description is a dumpster fire. I am not the best at spelling or grammar, but I put an effort. The writer misspells anime and furries when writing. Also cosplay is like a fashion it’s costume. Yes you can use pieces from your cosplay in daily life or wear daily life clothing in your cosplay, but no one is like ah yes time to wear my costume every day. No one. It’s not how it works unless it’s they’re job to cosplay, but even then the costume is only worn for when they’re doing their job. Now there is also a debate whether furries are cosplayers or just fall into their own separate category. Personally I am the latter. Either way they shouldn’t be mentioned small space while gothic which is a sub part of lolita gets it’s own separate description. And again cosplay isn’t just for anime stuff, but most forms of media. I could go on longer, but for my own mental health I would rather not continue to rant about this cringe article. It looks like it had no proof reading and is honestly just horrible. My suggestion is either redo it and have someone fact check it for you who had knowledge or wear the fashions or just delete it. Like it’s spreading misinformation about both mainstream and sub fashions. As someone who wear sub fashion clothes it’s really damaging to have misinformation be spread around. This was one the top resulting articles when I was looking up stuff about fashion for my costume. Sorry for being rude it’s just rather offensive the lack of effort, time, or care put into this piece which is so easily accessible and one the top results.

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      Hi
      That is a detailed analysis – thanks. It is written to the best of ‘my’ knowledge. I would look into the details you have given and try to change the article.

    1. Y’all forgot to include the “BIKER” fashion. Leather jackets, chaps , skull caps, chains,, brass knuckles, silver jewelry,, riding boots, patches, and naked women tattoos.

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  3. Hello Taiwo is my name… okay reason why I wanna send this comment is that’s I really care about fashion ,I want to be always happy in fashion I like kids fashion show a lots please I wanna join you guys
    Thank God be with you all!

  4. Hey dear, Thanks a lot for sharing such a great post on fashion styles. Love all the styles. Especially this one “Grunge style: 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.”

  5. Hi,
    I acutally need to correct the one who made this page ^^’
    I’m into all the JFashion and Cosplay things and your Lolita Style is acuatlly more a Harajuku Style 😉 you should just google lolita fashion and you get the right look for that 😉 and your Gothic Lolita Style is acutally also a Cosplay Style, Gothic Lolita is just Lolita x Gothic so it’s Lolita in dark 😀 this easy !!
    I came here jusr by chance and saw this so I’m sorry for saying all this but I want this to be correct for everyone 😉

  6. I was looking for my style and couldn’t find one that suited me. But when I came onto this web I realised that bohemian was totally me. Thx.

    1. That style is commonly referred to as the ‘art hoe’ style/aesthetic. Which usually includes 80’s style clothes.
      Lots of stripes, layering t-shirts with short sleeves over t-shirts with long sleeves, tucking your shirt into your jeans and a Fjällraven Kanken bag (usually yellow). Yellow is a go-to color for this style but it can really include any bright/vivid colors.

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        Hi Anonymoose
        You are so right. Thanks for replying “An art hoe is basically a “tumblr” girl that’s go to outfit is a pair of mom jeans, most probably a yellow striped shirt or an oversized hoodie, fake round glasses that look like the ones of that girl in Mathilda, a pair of Van Gogh socks” www. urbandictionary.com

  7. I’m sorry but Lolita fashion has Nothing to do with Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. It’s a coincidence. Lolita fashion originated from Japan & has no relation whatsoever with the book. Please do more research on the origin

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      Hi Yari
      You are right – though the western historic clothing seems to have influenced the lolita fashion which originated in Harajuku, Tokyo Japan and the fashion originated after the book was published, it may have nothing to do with the book – though there are many who mistakenly assume an association, like me. There are people who have researched extensively on a link between the book and the fashion.
      I agree that the cuteness of the Lolita fashion is opposite to the dressing with sexual innuendos in the book.

  8. Hey, don’t mean to be rude but you forgot an ‘i’ in kawaii. The way you said it can confuse it with kowai which means scary.

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  9. This covers a lot of ground! Please remember, though, when describing formal office wear or business casual, it’s best not to refer to men and girls. Girls don’t attend meetings or office functions. Women do.

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      1. Um, no offense but there aren’t a lot of styles in here that you can pull off without looking fake or like a doll, so if there is any other styles you know of that are similar to tomboy or grunge I’d like if you could add them. It’s just really hard for me to want to try a style because I don’t like wearing makeup or showing a lot of skin.
        I liked the article anyway, good job on it.

  10. thanks really every dress i like so much , i hope next time lots of fashion style dress looks your sewing guide . please looks asin size & style okay

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