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There’s no denying that style is individual. After all, we’re constantly advocating for women everywhere to embrace their personal style; that’s what makes fashion fun. But though one’s fashion taste and sense of style is personal, it’s not something that just happens. Fashion, like all art, doesn’t exist within a vacuum—and whether it’s conscious or not there are a number of factors at play when it comes to each of our understandings of who we are, and subsequently, how we dress.
One such notable factor is something intrinsically existent in all of us: Ourcultural background. We don’t choose our culture, we’re born with it; and whether or not you strongly identify with your heritage, even things as seemingly insignificant as the way you grew up watching your mother interact with her own wardrobe can impact our perceptions of how clothes are meant to represent ourselves as individuals.
Because our own perspectives are so limited to our personal backgrounds and environments, it can be difficult to imagine how someone else’s understanding may differ from our own; so we reached out to fashionable girls all over the world to gain some insight. We asked them about the ways in which women from their countries define fashion and style—and (unexpectedly) their responses were varied. However, there was one common theme across the board: Fashion and style are not them same thing, though they may affect one another. To understand how, and to learn about the ways which women from other countries define fashion and style, keep scrolling to read.
What does the word “fashion” mean to Israeli women?
I think the association with words in general (and particular, with the word fashion) is something very personal, and that’s why I can only tell you how I see it.
For me fashion is both something serious and not. The serious aspect of it means that fashion is art. It’s a language, a way to express ideas, culture, and the way you feel about yourself. But on the other hand, I think fashion shouldn’t be something too serious, at least when it comes to your own personal style and wardrobe. Basically, I think you should mostly enjoy it and use it as another tool to express yourself.
How do Israeli women approach style?
I think that most Israeli women are looking for comfort and efficiency. They don’t like to look like they made a big effort while they dressed and try not to stand out. That’s why they love wearing black (the safe colour), oversized cuts, casual outfits, and avoid high heels. Just to make it clear, some people in Israel actually show up to weddings in denim.
Do you think that fashion and style go hand-in-hand, or are they two separate things?
“Fashions fade, style is eternal,” said Yves Saint Laurent, and I couldn’t agree more. I think that fashion basically means what’s trendy, what the industry offers everyone, at any particular moment in time. It doesn’t last for long. While style is about what you are, who you are, when the attention is directed on yourself.