Image Source: CreateHER Stock
I was really feeling my outfit today (I didn't have any hot sauce in my bag, but still...swag). I'm in college so my outfit usually consists of sweats/jeans and a t-shirt/hoodie. This is not my "well, I'm in college outfit." This is my "I have always worn this style" outfit. But, remember how I said I was feeling my outfit today, well...I was until I tried to "do it for the 'gram" and post my cute outfit of the day post. Fail. The lighting wasn't right, I couldn't get the right angle and then I realized that my outfit was quite..."normal." I had on skinny jeans, grey knitted sweater, checkered black and white cardigan and calf-high boots. Nothing out of the ordinary.
First mistake I made was scrolling through Instagram before posting my "feeling myself" outfit. I follow quite a few fashion bloggers and today, they all happened to have posted some really chic, cute outfits. So chic and cute that it made me ask myself, "what the heck is fashion sense?" which was then followed by "why don't I have any?" I like to shop for clothes. Sometimes. Whenever I go shopping I always tell myself that I am going to buy a new style of clothing or buy some more colorfully diverse items, yet I always find myself leaving with my usual style of clothing.
Fashion blogger, Niurka, of Fashion Styles defines fashion sense as "less of following trends and knowing more of what fits the unique "you" and what you're comfortable in. Being stylish in your true self." So, maybe I do have fashion sense... or, at least I have an idea of what it means. I find it hard to describe my sense of style and even harder to put into words "what fits the unique [me]."
Let us go back to my failed attempt at my Instagram post for a little bit. I'm not a fashion blogger nor have I ever tried to post a #OOTD picture on Instagram. Second mistake made. I would never be contemplating the idea of fashion sense if it was not for me trying to "do it for the 'gram!!!!" Nevertheless, I am happy that I tried because now I'm in deep thought on the topic of fashion sense.
Buki, of Style With Buki, interprets fashion sense as, "your knowledge of fashion and current trends and your ability to interpret that knowledge into your personal style." Trend...such a heavily connoted word. I am not a huge trend follower, but if something catches my eye and takes my money, welp. I love that Buki added the "ability to interpret that [trend] knowledge into your personal style." I personally don't think I have a "style." I wake up, see what is clean, and dress based on how I feel or what I have to do for the day.
The thing about trend is that it is like a boomerang. It comes back around. Taniqua, of Taniqua Russ, says that "trends fade away" and I agree, but they always find a way to become relevant again.
Social media allows trends to flourish in positive or negative light. Today, Instagram taught me that I can be inspired and motivated by what others may post, especially when it comes to fashion, but that doesn't mean that I need to imitate or mimic. I get inspiration and use it to make it work for me.
I think fashion sense is unique. Like anything else about a person. No two people will have the same idea of fashion sense. Dinesha, of She Has The Eye, believes that fashion sense is "knowing what works for you, speaks to you and expresses the message you specifically want to send through your outer appearance." Fashion sense is not just what you wear. It is how you wear it and how you feel when you wear it. My outfit today made me feel bold, classy and beautiful - maybe I do know what fashion sense is and sometimes it has to take the backburner to feeling nonchalant, being busy and having a heaping pile of dirty clothes. I had planned to post my outfit after writing this post, but I deleted the pictures. Really deleted them - I deleted them and then deleted them from the "deleted photos" album. Sigh, next time.
I do have fashion sense. I wear what I want to wear. Rather it is trendy or not, I wear what fits my personal style (whatever that may be) and I wear what makes me feel uniquely me.
I got a chance to ask a few fashion bloggers about their idea of fashion sense. Check out their awesomeness below.
Oby, Heart, Print & Style
When I think of the phrase 'fashion sense', what comes to mind is having that knack of knowing what's your style. And if you're able to incorporate the latest fashion trends to make it your 'own', then you definitely have that 'fashion sense'.
Victoria, The Budget Divaa
I would define fashion sense as having a grasp on who you are. Your fashion is just an outward expression of that person inside of you so I think it's all about owning the beautiful you inside & letting the world see what you're all about. Whether you're making a statement with vibrant pieces or cozy comfortable, true fashion sense is about having a voice & being heard.
I believe fashion sense is knowing what looks work well together, fashion staples and how to dress your (or someone else's) body type.
Taniqua, Taniqua Russ
For me, fashion sense is knowing style (that lasts vs trends that fade away).. It's knowing how to mix and match colors and patterns, knowing what look is appropriate for different occasions, and knowing when to throw all of that out of the window. Ultimately, fashion is how you let the world know who you are without saying a word, so having a great sense of fashion is saying the right thing about yourself with your clothes.
Follow Taylor Jackson on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MaryAnGeorge_
Topic Vocabulary >> Lesson 11: Clothes and Fashion
The examiner may ask you to talk about the clothes you like to wear or your attitude towards fashion. Read the following IELTS-style questions and answers below and pay attention to the phrases in bold. Use the ‘Definitions’ section at the bottom of the page to check the meaning of any phrases you don’t understand.
Part 1-style questions
Examiner: Do you enjoy buying clothes?
Pedro: I used to … yes … like most young people I was a bit of a slave to fashion and I’d always have to buy that must-have shirt or pair of shoes … I’m not so bothered now though … I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing something old fashionedbut I’m not as bothered as I used to be about what I wear …
Examiner: What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Marco: I prefer casual clothes actually … I hate getting dressed up for special occasions … personally I think it’s possible to look good in a pair of jeans … but that’s my opinion … I don’t think my wife would call me a fashion icon that’s for sure …
Examiner: Are there many clothes shops where you live?
Sylvia: Yes … there are lots in my town … apart from the big chain stores we’ve got a couple of really nice shops that sell vintage clothes … old clothes but in a classic style that never really go out of fashion … I love going there…
Part 2-style task
Describe someone you know who dresses well. You should say
- who they are
- how you know them
- what kind of clothes they wear
and say why you like the way they dress.
Tomoko: I’d like to talk about one of my teachers … Miss Evans … she teaches us English in the school I go to … we always look forward to seeing what she’s going to wear when our lessons start … she’s always very well dressed and takes a lot of pride in her appearance … it’s not that she dresses in very smart clothes … she doesn’t come to school dressed to kill or anything like that … but what she wears really suits her … and she has a great sense of style as well … we often ask her where she gets some of her clothes and most of the time they’re just off the peg … and she says she’s not interested in designer labels or anything like that … she doesn’t seem too concerned about keeping up with the latest fashion … she just wears clothes that are timeless … yes … Miss Evans is the person I think looks great in the clothes she wears …
Part 3-style questions
Examiner: What factors do you think affect the clothes we choose to wear?
Maki: It depends … where we are or where we’re going is a big factor … if you are going out to a club or party you’re going to dress for the occasion … and then there are those who think it’s important to look like they’re on trend … they’ll want to wear the latest fashions … there are lots of factors really …
Examiner: What kind of things determine what is in fashion and what we should be wearing?
Martin: I suppose the big fashion houses and fashion shows must have an effect but the clothes you see on the catwalk don’t always reflect what normal people wear … so I suppose it will be things like what singers are wearing in videos or models are wearing in magazines … that kind of thing …
Examiner: Is it possible to look good without spending lots of money on clothes?
Corinna: I’m sure it is … yes … I suppose it’s about having an eye for what looks good … knowing how to mix and match different items of clothing that go well together … I think you can pick up great bargains in charity shops … sometimes for youngsters even hand-me-downs can look good …
- to be on trend: to be very fashionable
- casual clothes: not formal
- classic style: a simple, traditional style that is always fashionable
- designer label: a well-known company that makes (often expensive) clothing
- dressed to kill: wearing clothes that attract admirers
- to dress for the occasion: to wear clothes suitable for a particular event
- fashionable: in fashion
- fashion house: a company that sells (usually expensive) new styles in clothes
- fashion icon: a person who is famous for their sense of fashion
- fashion show: an event where modals show off the latest in fashion designs
- to get dressed up: to put on nice clothes, often to go out somewhere special
- to go out of fashion: to not be in fashion any more
- hand-me-downs: clothes that are passed down from older brothers or sisters to their younger siblings
- to have an eye for (fashion): to be a good judge of
- to have a sense of style: the ability to wear clothes that look stylish
- the height of fashion: very fashionable
- to keep up with the latest fashion: to wear the latest fashions
- to look good in: to wear something that suits you
- to mix and match: to wear different styles or items of clothing that aren’t part of a set outfit
- must-have: something that is highly fashionable and therefore in demand
- off the peg: clothing that is ready made
- old fashioned: not in fashion any more
- on the catwalk: the stage that modals walk along to show off the latest fashions
- a slave to fashion: someone who always feel the need to wear the latest fashions
- smart clothes: the kind of clothes worn for a formal event
- to suit someone: to look good on someone
- to take pride in one’s appearance: to pay attention to how one looks
- timeless: something that doesn’t go out of fashion
- vintage clothes: clothes from an earlier period
- well-dressed: to be dressed attractively
Next Step? Test yourself on topic vocabulary. Sign up to IELTS Speaking: Advanced for vocabulary tests and whole lot more!
Filed Under: Topic Vocabulary