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10 Different Fashion Styles to Explore

Beauty & Style

April 09, 2023

Do you know which aesthetic you like the most, or which one you feel the most confident while wearing? Whether your answer was yes, or whether it was no, you should take a look at these 10 fashion styles. You may find your new favorite one or get new ideas to implement in your everyday clothing life. Whatever the case, we could all use some inspiration while deciding on our future outfits.

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1. Girly

This style is focused on girly patterns, such as flowers with a feminine feel, and a variety of "cute" details such as ruffles, ribbons, tulle, and lace. The look incorporates a lot of light pastels in a combination of neutral and vibrant colors. You should use silk materials to complete the appearance and wear dresses and long skirts.

You can also add some accessories like beaded jewelry and bows. You should know that the design is modest, so there is no need to go overboard with details.

You can find inspiration from Pinterest or characters in movies such as Sharpay from The High School Musical.

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2. Streetwear

This is one of the most loved styles at this time and not for nothing. It is quite simple as it possesses stylish, casual apparel. There is a wide variety when it comes to what kind of clothes you can wear in this style, coming from subcultural groups like skateboarders, and hip-hop artists.

Some must-haves are t-shirts, leggings/sweatpants, hoodies, headwear, and sneakers. You should feel comfortable as this style is more casual in the fashion industry.

You can enjoy the more sporty feel by maybe wearing a tracksuit or some leggings with a jacket, or you can try some prints to spice things up.

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3. Business Casual

One of the most popular trends in the fashion industry is the business casual style. You can think of it as the perfect blend of the usual office clothes with some more relaxed items of clothing that are still appropriate for work, but not as formal. The basic pieces that are associated with this outfit are sweaters, cardigans, skirts, polo shirts, tailored trousers, and some flats.

You should also be aware that this style isn't only worn for work purposes, but for others as well.

A good movie to get inspiration from is the one and only, The Devil Wears Prada.

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4. Retro

The retro style refers to designs taken out from their period, either adjusted to the contemporary time or fully replicated. Retro fashion is focused on the appearance, feel, and style of clothing. You can wear an oversized shirt or vest and pair it with a nice pair of shorts, maybe with some nice embroidery. Or you can wear a fun retro skirt with a simple white shirt to complete the look.

And if you want to complete your look, you can add a hairband, a big hair claw clip, or even a bucket hat to match your outfit.

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5. Athleisure

This certain style is quite a new addition to the preferences of women. Over the past few years, athleisure clothing has become an everyday obsession. And why wouldn't it? It is the perfect blend between comfortable gym outfits and a coffee date. “Athleisure” is a combination of the words “athletic” and “leisure”, which makes it quite easy to master it.

You can wear some oversized pieces with leggings or biker shorts, or a sports bra, and some technical pants. All of those are good options to embrace this style. You can add some accessories to spice up your look, by adding a baseball hat, a backpack, some Uggs, or anything else you find fitting.

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6. Vintage

Now a lot of you may think about what the difference is between the retro style and this one. Well, in this fashion aesthetic, you wear original pieces authentic from an era at least twenty years ago, not remakes. You can wear only vintage clothes to create a full-on look, like tie-dyed tees of the 1970s, shoulder-padded blazers of the 1980s, and grungy plaid flannels of the 1990s. But there is nothing wrong with spicing it up with some modern pieces to create a unique look you only have.

If you want some inspiration, you can always watch some old movies and get creative! An example if you want to embrace the 1920s vibe is the ever-known movie The Great Gatsby.

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7. Minimalist

The "keep it simple" fashion aesthetic, the minimalist style. This shouldn't be considered as a need to get rid of all the colors in your wardrobe, as some people may think. You can still wear an item with a bright color, but be sure to pair it with something with a more neutral base, for example, some dark jeans. The concept of this style is to have a few pieces that you need, to have a practical wardrobe with flexibility while being restricted in the number of clothing pieces.

A few examples of clothes that are great to own for this specific style are sweaters, classic jackets, ankle boots, turtlenecks, a pair of fitted jeans, and so on.

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8. Academia

Now onto a lesser-known style, but very interesting, the Academia style. The inspiration is deeply anchored in the classical influences of European universities. You can think of it like an Ivy League dress rule that includes woolen textures, plaid patterns, and warm colors.

The difference between Light and Dark Academia is most clearly visible in colors. The aesthetic's use of earthy tones alludes to their inculcation of wisdom and sophistication.

You can easily fit in this look by wearing wool blazers, coats, pants, skirts, solid shirts, blouses, and knit tops.

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9. Y2K

Y2K describes the year 2000 in terms of fashion. When we think of this style, we can already visualize a few icons of that time, like Britney Spears, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Avril Lavinge. People in 2000 were wearing this style to appear rebellious and youthful, as seen by vibrant color palettes, sunglasses inside, midi skirts, and layered shirts.

A few clothing items that are essential for this style are track pants, denim midi skirts, leather jackets, berets, bedazzled jackets, and chunky heels.

You can either take inspiration from celebrities that wore this style when it was first trending (a few mentioned previously in the article) or from movies, like 13 Going on 30.

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10. Classic

Even though many fashion trends emphasize sticking to the "basics," nothing compares to the classic style. This one focuses more on the elegant part of fashion, while it also lasts several seasons, even years. They are the outfits that you simply know will be a success next year. You don't even have to think too much about them, you just know.

When you are looking at a so-called "classic" wardrobe, you will find the following clothing items: tailored suits/skirt suits, overcoats, light-colored sweaters, and some boots. All the clothes tend to have neutral hues.

As for accessories, you can add some sunglasses, a nice purse, and anything that you find fitting.

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As for where you can shop for these styles, there are no restrictions. You can search for certain clothing pieces in your favorite stores or discover new ones along the way, maybe in some local shops or even in thrift stores.

You should keep in mind that there are no rules or proper definitions for these styles. The right style for you is the one you feel good in, that makes you even more confident than usual. So go ahead and try some of these and see which one you enjoy the most.

Ioana Moga
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Ioana is a high school student who has a passion for writing. In her free time when she's not doing schoolwork, she can be found reading books, finding new music, or watching Youtube.

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