Wearing what magazines tell you to wear may be fashion, but it has little to do with style. Style is a personal matter. It's how Johnny Depp can get away with pairing wing-tip shoes and a fedora hat with a vintage 1970s white jacket that Elvis would have coveted. Fashion may substitute for style, but it isn't synonymous; find your personal style, and you'll never again have to hear, "You're wearing that?"
Start with a realistic assessment of your physique. How you're shaped determines what works on you, and wearing what works is key to developing a great sense of personal style. Dress for the body you have rather than the body you wish you had. Horizontal elements broaden and shorten; vertical elements lengthen and narrow. No matter how much you may love them, a broad-brimmed hat will make you look like one of the dancing toadstools in Fantasia if you're short because that brim draws a strong horizontal line. If you're barrel-shaped, go with vertical stripes to lengthen your torso visually.
No matter how you're shaped, fit and proportion can make or break your look. David Byrne and David Bowie are the only two men in history known to be able to rock an oversized suit without looking comical, and even they haven't tried it in the past couple of decades. If you love the look of roomy clothing, pair one big statement piece like a jacket with emphatic shoulders or slouchy pants with more closely tailored clothes. The same philosophy applies at the other end of the spectrum; skinny jeans and close-fitting jackets look best when they're set off with something not quite so tight.
Great style transcends fashion. It doesn't matter if fashion icons call snapback caps the next big thing if a fedora hat suits your sense of personal style. Wear what's right for you and set next year's trends.
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