Monthly Archives: May 2008

Per Request: Stylish Tattoos

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Here’s a subject that is likely to raise some hackles, and rightly so: what is a stylish tattoo? Are there any that will be acceptable in both the boardroom and the bar? Does it matter? Should you ink yourself up to your heart’s content and the hell with squeamish body-art-conservatives?

Tattoos are permanent, expressive, and highly personal. The clothes you wear broadcast how you feel today, or this week, or this season. The images you have drawn on your skin broadcast information about your inner self every day of your life. So, as you can imagine, people feel strongly about tattoos in general, and their own tattoos in particular.

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Fashion Versus Style

Main Entry:
1fash·ion

1 a: the make or form of something 2 a: a distinctive or peculiar and often habitual manner or way b: mode of action or operation 3 a: a prevailing custom, usage, or style b (1): the prevailing style (as in dress) during a particular time (2): a garment in such a style c: social standing or prominence especially as signalized by dress or conduct Main Entry: 1style 2 a: a distinctive manner of expression (as in writing or speech) b: a distinctive manner or custom of behaving or conducting oneself style of the court c: a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed
4: a distinctive quality, form, or type of something 5 a: the state of being popular b: fashionable elegance c: beauty, grace, or ease of manner or technique

OK, I’ll admit to tidying up those Meriam Webster definitions, since the definition of “style” that pertains to the reproductive organs of flowers is irrelevant to this little ramble. But take a look at the leftover bits, if you would, because they call out a subtle difference between these two terms.

Fashion and style aren’t often used interchangeably, but they are often uttered in the same breath. And – both in sanctioned dictionary definition and casual common use – they are quite different concepts.

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