When it comes to fashion, there is one image that comes to mind above all others, and that’s the image of super models walking down the runway sporting retro futurist, metallic suits with electronic dance music blaring in the background and the flashes of cameras surrounding them. That’s just one facet of fashion, “high fashion,” and it’s not for everyone. By design, it’s intended not to be a part of mainstream culture, but, rather, to predict trends moving forward. There’s little to no chance that the average Joe could pull these looks off, and that’s if they could feel comfortable wearing them in the first place. However, before you go thinking, “fashion’s not for me,” be aware that fashion is for everyone, because, much like philosophy, fashion is something we engage with whether we know it or not. Therefore, it helps to know the rules of fashion in order to make more informed choice with regards to your wardrobe. Here are some tips.
First and foremost, let’s talk about the suit. Suits are the height of men’s fashion, and they have been for a long time. They’re a bonafide, perennial classic. Suits speak to a level of elegance and sophistication in the wearer that other men’s clothing can’t even hope to match, so grabbing a nice suit from Barneys can help you step up your look in one fell swoop.
On the other end of the spectrum, let’s look at women’s fashion. Women have more options when it comes to fashion, and while there’s an interesting, if tragic, reason for that, we won’t get into it here. It’s fairly obvious, anyway. But, the point is women have a versatile toolkit at their disposal. However, women have an ace in the hole in the form of the dress, and that may be the height of women’s fashion. Floral print dresses are particularly stunning, for example, and there are a number of different styles, as well, from sun dresses to evening gowns. Dresses are to women what suits are to men, and yet dress have so much more versatility and personality.