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. READ MORE

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Originally posted 2007-09-14 08:45:00.