Do you think there's a difference between style and fashion? Or are they interchangeable?
I find myself mulling over this one quite a bit. While the two are in no means mutually exclusive, I do think that they are very different. When someone asks if I consider BCC a "style blog" or a "fashion blog," I immediately answer, "style blog." And even though I'm so certain that I am one and not the other, I'm still trying to find the clear distinction between the two. So far, this is what I'm thinking:
From the very beginning, this blog's mission was (and still is) to prove that real women in real towns with real budgets and real lives can look great no matter what. It is not and never was about the labels or the price. It's always been about doing something extraordinary with something rather ordinary. I think that's where I find myself writing a "style blog" and not a "fashion blog."
While I don't subscribe to any particular designer's collections every season, I do occasionally turn to the runways and editorial fashion mags for a good dose of inspiration. I find it more and more helpful when it comes to pushing my own boundaries. At the same time, those runways and editorials seem so inaccessible to me. Not only can I not afford designer labels and top shelf retail, but I would feel like a fraud. It's just not me. Anyone can put on an amazing designer or expensive piece and look fashionable. But does is that the same as being stylish?
I've always felt that fashion comes from the outside - it's the influence, the spark - and style comes from the inside - the ability, the eye. Similarly, I've always viewed fashion as something that is presented to me, and style is what I do with it. Style is making it my own ... or you making it your own. You know that feeling when you get dressed in the morning and love your outfit and feel like the best version of yourself? Even if everyone else hates it, and you love it - it's your style. It's kind of like intelligence in a way - some people have a natural tendency towards it, and others have to work harder to obtain it - but in the end, no one else can take it away.
Maybe I'm being unfair by assuming that fashion has to mean expensive. Maybe money can buy style. I'm curious - what do you think?