What's Your Style?
I searched the term “types of men’s style” and only one real list had been compiled about the types of style men have or could adopt. Most search results yield helpful guides on HOW to dress stylishly. The Essential Man doesn’t list types of styles but instead offers guidance on how to find a style and fit that works best for your body type. According to Real Men, Real Style, there are 10 different types of stylish men:
1. The Jet-Setter
2. The Dandy
3. The Rugged Man
4. The Rebel, A.K.A. The Rockstar
5. The Classic Style Guy
6. The Fashionista
7. The Street Style Guy
8. The Uniform Man
9. The Preppy Man
10. The Playboy
Conducting a similar search for women found dozens of curated lists from Women’s fashion magazines and blogs that list as many, if not more, different types of stylish women. In the words of fictional character Holly Golightley “I must say -- the mind reels.”
In my opinion, there are (at least) two main types of dressers: The Pragmatist and The Fashionist.
The Pragmatist: Asks is it comfortable? What do I own that it already goes with? Realistically, where will I wear this? Is it comfortable? (Twice because comfort is that important.) I know I already look good in this so I’m going to buy another one.
The Fashionist: ‘A maker, leader, specialist in, or follower of fashions.’ They are chic. They are elegant. They take risks. They believe fashion is an artist’s expression. They understand the difference between statement pieces and pieces that are timeless. They push the boundaries of style and test the limits of fashion! They embrace the Power Clash!
Whether men or women, a person chooses a pragmatic wardrobe or a style/fashion trend that serves as a form of expression. Some get lucky and have a style that is both pragmatic and fashionable (but I feel there was a great deal of trial and error in finding that individual style).
My own style (can I call it style?) has undergone a series of evolutions to get to where it is now. I started out as a pragmatist with no fashion sense whatsoever. Colors and patterns were overwhelming and even if I fell in love with the latest and greatest fashion trends, I could never afford it. Shopping literally caused anxiety. Mixing and matching, building a wardrobe of staple pieces, taking the time to find things that fit well and enhanced my body were all foreign concepts.