This really can be so subjective, so here is my opinion, but first of all one dictionary defines “Style” (n.) as:
- The way in which something is said, done, expressed, or performed.
- The combination of distinctive features of literary or artistic expression, execution, or performance characterizing a particular person, group, school, or era.
- Sort; type.
- A quality of imagination and individuality expressed in one’s actions and tastes.
To me, ‘style’ is something that is recognized immediately. It stands out even if it is subtle. It smells of uniqueness or boldness or perfection. Even if I may not resonate with a certain look someone is wearing, I will still recognize and appreciate the style when I see it. The person or object may be walking down the street or asleep. If it is there, it is there. As Sigmund Freud said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”
Like many of us, I have friends in the fashion and entertainment business. Some of them exude natural style and others act stylishly. I suppose it may be said that dressing sexily, and having sex appeal, is probably the same analogy. I have met trees and animals that have style and others of the same species who do not. I have walked into an elevator with style, but sadly so many more with zero ‘anything’ to speak of, even when some poor misguided person decides to add music to the sad-box-equation.
All I know is the fashion industry is a massive one, and it is probably largely due to people aspiring to express themselves.
I wonder if it may be more easily or cost effectively achieved if people had more self -awareness, therefore more inner confidence, and therefore a more natural exuberance of presence. Would this not immediately help in the noticeable realm?
Perhaps, after all, one large element of having style is poise, and having poise is often self-awareness and the confidence to have one’s own ‘signature.’