Style vs. Trend – What Makes Your Clothes Look Good?

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Guy Wearing Trends Stylishly
Do you know the difference and relationship between styles and trends? (Image by Zara)

Many guys mistake being trendy for being stylish.

They’re not the same thing!

Don’t get me wrong, the two are intertwined. But simply by being on trend you’re not necessarily dressing with style.

If you want to be a better dresser you should understand both the difference AND the relationship between the two.

Today you will learn both.

Style vs. Trend: What’s the Difference?

You may not know it, but there’s actually a huge difference between being stylish and being trendy.

Being stylish means, by definition, that you show elegance, taste and refinement.

And what does trendy mean?

Trendy simply means that you’re following the latest trends and fashions.

See how they are totally different things?

Being stylish is about having enough taste that you can put a good outfit together. It’s knowing what looks great on you.

Being trendy is onyl about being up-to-date with the latest fashion trends. You only need to flip open a fashion magazine or browse to a fashion site to get that information…

But it won’t make you look good unless you understand style first.

How Do They Relate to Each Other?

While being stylish and being trendy shouldn’t be confused as the same thing, you can certainly be both at the same time.

You can be BOTH stylish and trendy, and you’ll look great.

You can also be stylish without being trendy. You don’t need to follow trends to create killer outfits. You can just stick to the classics and look great.

And you can also be trendy without being stylish… BUT YOU SHOULDN’T!

Because without style an outfit looks like crap no matter how on trend it is. In fact, you’ll look more of a fool because you look like you think you know what you’re doing. You look like you’re making a real effort to look good and failing miserably.

So you should work on being stylish first.

Only once you understand what makes an outfit work should you focus on dressing trendier (if at all).

What You Should Take Away From This

Stylish men largely ignore the fashion world.

They ignore trends. Their minds aren’t occupied with it.

They have built a style that’s based on timeless classics, and when they do add trendy stuff to their wardrobe, they do it because they genuinely like the item, not because it’s trendy.

They don’t follow the crowd. They follow their own senses.

So forget about being trendy.

Focus on becoming stylish.

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  • Luke says:

    Ok,so I always hear “Is this in “style”?” ,or “don’t wear that ,it’s out of style”.So yeah there is some confusion between “trends” and “style” it seems.

    • Robert says:

      Yeah, exactly. “In style” is another way of saying “trendy” but just wearing clothes that are in style doesn’t make you stylish.

  • Ben says:

    Thanks for this great article. You’re right, style is personal. Trends come and go. Well written, and I’ll be sure to put this to good use. Thanks!

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  • Parmit Kler says:

    I m a person with long legs and short torso
    Help me what type of clothes can I wear

    • Robert says:

      You should try elongating your torso so you look more proportionate. Wear casual shirts untucked. Wear T-shirts that are one the longer side (but not too long). Stuff like that.

      Also, aim for a half-to-full break in your pants. This will make your legs appear somewhat shorter.

    • Ivan says:

      Also, If you’re tucking in your shirt, try for contrast between your pants and belt (such as dark belt with medium or light pants) or wear a sweater or coat and keep it buttoned if you can (this creates a horizontal line at the middle of your body creating better proportion). I have the same problem.

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