I’m the type of person who is always pondering, relating and feeling my way through life. In other words, I can’t shut off my head and always have to consume whatever I can find on whatever subject I’m curious about.
I’m also guilty of binge learning. For example right now I’m immersed in Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. To date I’ve read five books, watched and re-watched movies plus done lots of Internet searching. (And here I am thinking that I had my bases covered regarding old Hollywood!)
Funny side effect of my obsessive knowledge-hungry passions: If it’s a person, I usually start dreaming about whoever I’m studying. And that’s the time when I know I need to cool it. But it also means that I’ve been around some really cool people in my dreams. I’ve had conversations and hung out with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Jean Harlow, Coco Chanel and Robert Mitchum.
Anyway, as I’ve been writing about what I wear over the last several weeks I’ve really started to think about my process of style in a more complete way. Where it came from. Where it’s going. One of the repeating questions in my head is “style vs fashion”. And naturally being the self-proclaimed linguistics student that I am, I looked first to the actual definition of the two words.
The way in which something is said, done, expressed, or performed: a style of speech and writing.
The combination of distinctive features of literary or artistic expression, execution, or performance characterizing a particular person, group, school, or era.
Sort; type: a style of furniture.
The prevailing style or custom, as in dress or behavior: out of fashion.
Something, such as a garment, that is in the current mode: a swimsuit that is the latest fashion.
- The style characteristic of the social elite: a man of fashion.