Different Styles of Writing
The global fashion industry is driven by style. Style is the prevailing style in a society at a given time. The fashion industry then react to this global style by producing or presenting clothing to the market. Fashion influencers, editors, and writers then contribute to that global vision by developing new ideas, and retailers consequently use all of that information to promote clothing to the general public.
Fashion is largely affected by style. The impact can be subtle, such as an individual’s choice of dress; it can be extreme, like someone wearing a white limousine during the Victoria Secret Fashion Show or a loud, over-the-top style, like a punk rocker’s. It can even be a combination of the two: something may look great on one person, but terrible on another. To illustrate this point, consider the recent fashions for both genders:
Hip hop and rap music are very diverse. But how different styles are represented within those genres? Rap artists often talk about their favorite topics (rap verses), and they express these opinions through their vocabulary and their word choices. The same can be said for hip-hop lyrics and music. When artists or musicians refer to their preferences in terms of “those jeans I wear” or “that shirt I have on” they are actually using descriptive words that they can construct to describe their feelings or to make a statement about their culture.
However, although the meaning of those words may vary depending on who is writing about it, the basic format for describing styles remains the same. One author uses a single-word description, such as “a laid-back style” or “a sophisticated style.” Someone else uses a longer phrase that describes the same style, but focuses on one particular way that the style has changed or developed. Another author describes two styles, but uses the same words to describe each style and uses only one type of descriptive word for each. A third author chooses a single word to describe three styles, all of which are so similar that they could honestly be classed as three different styles, but are still described as one style.
The difficulty with these descriptions is that by restricting yourself to using only one word to describe your tastes or lifestyle you risk making your statement seem insular and narrow. After all, even within the constraints of a single style there are variances. So let’s look at three different styles in a bit more detail. The first style is referred to as the “postmodern,” and is characterized by a willingness to question the traditional nature of style and to present an ambiguous world where the rules do not always apply. This style can take many forms, including street wear, gothic or punk rock clothing, retro styles, and a willingness to break with convention.
The second style is also referred to as “literary.” This style is considered to be fashionable without being thought of as an authentic fashion or art form. This means that many people don’t feel the need to describe their personal style as belonging to a specific school of thought. Instead, this style is “in style” as far as the public is concerned but is not actually held up to any standard as regards the definition of style itself. For example, literary authors may describe their style as “readable” or “emotional” (or “sensitive,”) or they might describe it as “informed.” When talking about literature or other forms of art, however, you are discussing a particular methodology or system of ideas that underlies that which is read, seen, or heard.