Fashion Styles

Date Added : October 12, 2012
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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, the custom-made and designer's collection.

Colours: 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

Favourite Accessory: Coordinated matching and custom made pieces

NOTE: Notice the unusual layers, unique and one-of-a-kind designs. 



This style includes expensive designer’s reproduction, butt should not be misunderstood as “haute” or high fashion.

Colours: 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

Favourite 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.

Colours: 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

Favourite Accessory: Bold statement usually metallic (gold, silver, bronzes, etc)

NOTE: Notice the fit, its impact and its open slits. Sometimes open back design 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.

Colours: Beige, navy, red, blue and black

Lines: Simple and traditional trim

Textures: Durable and natural fibers

Effects: Typical leader, practical, conservative

Needs: Clothes that has a timeless appeal year after year, expensive

Favourite Accessory: Traditional and conservative shapes

NOTE: Notice the a 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.

Colours: Pastel, soft blends, muted rainbows

Lines: Simple flows, rounded curves and semi- fitted

Textures: Light, flowing, lace, usually old-fashioned small print

Effects: Fragile, soft, charming, innocent and very feminine

Needs: Gentle, very delicate -- price not an issue

Favourite Accessory: Very simple real gold and diamond accessories

NOTE: Notice the simple accessories, its colour and angular lines.

§  WESTERN (country)

The opposite of conservative. Clothes are reduced from the feminine emphasis.

Colours: Earth tones are favourites

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 not an issue

Favourite Accessory: Big water-resistant watch, leather boots and thick belt

NOTE: Notice the emphasis of earth tone colours.



This category includes denim, feeling at-home, sometimes western.

Colours: Any, colour 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

Favourite Accessory: Cloth bag, basic, simple accessories, including disposables

NOTE: Notice the easy-going features and simple lines.


Category which was made popular during the early 90s. It creates an emphasis of younger generations, exaggerated constructions, separates, and coordinates.

Colours: 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

Favourite 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 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.

Colours: 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

Favourite Accessory: Bold geometric accessories (rings, earrings, including bags)

NOTE: Notice the unique accessories, its sharp and angular lines. Shoes with flashing red lights are examples of this style.