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.

Different  Fashion Styles

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.

  • CONSERVATIVE(feminine/demure)

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.