Style Aesthetic 101

Long time followers of So What to Twenty have read my discussions on Fashion Personality, Style, and Sartorial Types. Now I'm engaging you on the subject of Style Aesthetic. What is a Style Aesthetic? 
It refers to a set of principles underlying the work of a particular artist or artistic movement; or a particular individual’s set of ideas about style and taste, along with its expression. In layman terms, Style Aesthetic is a certain vibe or theme in the way a person expresses through dress. You dig?  
Though many interchange the meaning of Fashion Personality and Style Aesthetic, they are different. Your fashion personality is the way you dress to express yourself, whether it be bohemian, romantic, etc. Style Aesthetic is your underlying theme, or central idea. In other words, someone may be a Classic/Minimalist as their Fashion Personality, but with each time they dress, their theme may be Uncomplicated.

For myself, my style aesthetic is marked by a laid-back vibe. This aesthetic is evident, not only to myself, but by others as well. Whether I'm dressed for an after five event or a day dining at a chic eatery, my look always carries the same feel - one of comfort, and not feeling over-worked. I love the idea of becoming slightly irreverent, and the juxtaposing of unexpected items, like; an evening gown with a pair of sandals; a tulle skirt with a leather moto jacket; or like in today's style story - sweatpants with heeled boots and an edgy cut-out sweater. Whatever I choose to wear, it must be endorsed by Glenda's style aesthetic - Laid-back.

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(my sweatpants, with the stripe, are from two years ago)


True style isn't artificial, rather, it melds effortlessly with whom you are, and feels authentic. Have you considered your personal style aesthetic? If so, how would you best describe it, and is this certain vibe/theme recognizable by others? 

For more on the terms mentioned above, enjoy the below clickable links to revisit the information:

Style Is (Series)
Sartorial Types (information comes from True Style: A Look Beyond the Surface)

Now head over to Fragrant Pages for a bit of life inspiration in a post called 🌻A Salad on the Patio🌻

Stay True,
Glenda XoX

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  1. Glenda, you make joggers look so elegant! I love your black sweater and the slight reveal of your shoulders. The black boots are beautiful and really lend this look a fantastic aesthetic !

    1. Thank you so much, Elle. I felt like a chill bad-ass in this look. Comfortable with an edge.

  2. Glenda,
    When your defined style influences all your choices, I bet your 'laid back vibe' extends to every other decision in your life including, home design, setting your table, decorating, buying a couch, a car, or a dog. When you know yourself and your style aesthetic, everything else is but an extension of that style...but you already knew that.

  3. I love your laid back style and this outfit is on point.

  4. I'm always so impressed at how you can take something so trendy -like the bare shoulder top - and make it look truly your own. You transcend the trendy. As always, nicely done.

    1. I believe the trick to wearing trendy is to make it your own. If I had on head to toe trendy, it wouldn't feel authentic. Since I love showing off my shoulders, this sweater felt right. Pairing it with the sweatpants and heeled boots just made it even more personal.


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