Different Fashion Styles
NOUBI SAYS: Understanding the different categories of style is a skill that demands up-to-date knowledge and motivation of what is "Today". Fashion is a combination of your style and all that is about "today". Be creative and make a statement.
9 Categories of Fashion
Understanding the different categories of styles is a skill that demands up-to-date knowledge and motivation.
- HAUTE (high fashion)
This category includes the very chic, one-of-a-kind, custom-made and designer's collection.
Colors: Unusual and rare
Lines: Unusually layered, fitted to suit, very specific individual taste
Textures: Unusual and rare materials
Effect: One-of-a-kind, leader, very unique, tres chic
Needs: Custom-made, designer's originals, very expensive
Favorite Accessory: Coordinated matching and custom made pieces
NOTE: Notice the unusual layers, unique and one-of-a-kind designs.
This style includes expensive designer reproduction, but should not be misunderstood as “Haute” or high fashion.
Colors: Unusual, muted solid colors (gray, black, and white)
Lines: Mostly uncomplicated and well fitted (Chanel type)
Textures: Fine fabrics, usually expensive materials
Effects: Very refined, status and executive-looking
Needs: Semi custom-made or altered to fit
Favorite Accessory: coordinated and matching real gold and diamond accessories
NOTE: Notice the emphasis on the uncomplicated, well-fitted status look.
- DRAMATIC (theatrical)
This style creates a glamorous and glitzy impact.
Colors: Strong, vivid, and contrasting (black is a favorite color)
Lines: Severe, sharp, and usually asymmetrical. Bold and often overwhelmingly fitted with open slits
Textures: Rare and trendy
Effects: Confident, chic, sexy, and catchy
Needs: Custom-made or altered to fit
Favorite Accessory: Bold statement usually metallic (gold, silver, bronzes, etc)
NOTE: Notice the fit, its impact, and its open slits. Sometimes open-back designs or see-through materials are used. You'll when you see one.
This style includes Town & Country or the emphasis of business and corporate look.
Colors: Beige, navy, red, blue, and black
Lines: Simple and traditional trim
Textures: Durable and natural fibers
Effects: Typical leader, practical, conservative
Needs: Clothes that have a timeless appeal year after year, expensive
Favorite Accessory: Traditional and conservative shapes
NOTE: Notice the timeless appeal of the design. A very good example is the collection of Chanel.
This category includes traditional old-fashioned, but should not be misunderstood as a classic because of its girlish features.
Colors: Pastel, soft blends, muted rainbows
Lines: Simple flows, rounded curves and semi-fitted
Textures: Light, flowing, lace, usually an old-fashioned small print
Effects: Fragile, soft, charming, innocent, and very feminine
Needs: Gentle, very delicate -- price not an issue
Favorite Accessory: Very simple real gold and diamond accessories
NOTE: Notice the simple accessories, their color, and angular lines.
- WESTERN (country)
The opposite of conservative. Clothes are reduced from the feminine emphasis.
Colors: Earth tones are favorites
Lines: Durable, simple, easy, and comfortable
Textures: Natural fibers, basic denim, thick and old-fashioned
Effects: Tough, strong, sometimes western
Needs: Durability, mobility, and price are not an issue
Favorite Accessory: Big water-resistant watch, leather boots, and thick belt
NOTE: Notice the emphasis on earth tone colors.
This category includes denim, feeling at home, sometimes western.
Colors: Any, color is not an issue (brights, pastels, earth tones)
Lines: Unstructured, simple, and easy
Textures: Popular (natural, blend, or synthetic fibers)
Effects: Easy-going, athletic, unpretentious, and simple
Needs: Easy care, home atmosphere, and comfortable
Favorite Accessory: Cloth bag, basic, simple accessories, including disposables
NOTE: Notice the easy-going features and simple lines.
The category was made popular during the early 90s. It creates an emphasis of younger generations, exaggerated constructions, separates, and coordinates.
Colors: Could be anything
Lines: Unstructured sometimes exaggerated and unusual
Textures: Popular (natural, blend, or synthetic fibers), knits
Effects: Youthful, confident but sometimes impractical. Most designs die quickly
Needs: Easy pieces, but sometimes wild and usually inexpensive
Favorite Accessory: All kinds, real or fakes, inexpensive accessories including disposables
NOTE: Notice the exaggerated lines, sometimes out-of-this-world. Different styles were popularized by Madonna and Cindy Lauper in the 80s. Very artistic and sometimes unexplainable designs.
This category did not really make it outside the Star Trek epoch and may have gone during the dot-com era. The category emphasizes the look of the electronic and the computer age. The design concept is based on galactic or extra-terrestrial-inspired clothing.
Colors: Strong metallic (gold, silver, etc.), vivid, and contrasting
Lines: Angular, sharp, and usually asymmetrical
Textures: Hard, unusually bold, and often overwhelmingly round or square
Effects: Impractical to our present times, unique accessories or trim
Needs: Bold statement, extra-ordinary accessories, usually expensive
Favorite Accessory: Bold geometric accessories (rings, earrings, including bags)
NOTE: Notice the unique accessories, their sharp and angular lines. Shoes with flashing red lights are examples of this style.