Fashion vs. Style: Who’s Your Icon?

The terms “fashion” and “style” are often used synonymously, but do they really mean the same thing? When it comes to blogging, I certainly don’t think it does. Those who post their outfits daily are style bloggers, whereas Aesthete is a fashion blog because I focus on the latest collections and trends. It is this basic difference that I use to distinguish who, in my opinion, is a fashion vs. a style icon.

There are two different kinds of fashion icons. The first takes a long time to become – you must prove your look stands the test of time. Thus, when we hear the term, we think of the two great Hepburns, Twiggy, and others, women who have worn beautiful clothing in their proper time, set trends and followed them religiously, women whose sartorial choices are reworked each season in designer’s collections (i.e. the little black dress a la Holly GoLightly). Second, there are those who have had unforgettable fashion moments like Madonna, Grace Jones, and dare I be so presumptuous, eventually Lady Gaga.

Style, on the other hand, is something you can’t quite put your finger on. It’s the perfect mix of a well-dressed woman with a dose of confidence, an expression of herself rather than that of the clothing. Impalpable and utterly desirable. It doesn’t always mean being trendy, it simply means being yourself.

So with that said, I present to you my ultimate style icon: Gwen Stefani.

Gwen Stefani covers January 2013 Vogue Magazine

She’s not what most would call a “classic,” but she always looks damn good no matter what she wears. It helps that she’s on the cover of this month’s Vogue  (article here) dressed head to toe in my favorite designers (Saint Laurent Paris Spring 2013 clothing and Alexander Wang heels). Gwen is my style icon because everything she wears and does is 100% Gwen, she doesn’t dress for other people and she certainly doesn’t care whether you like her crop top and plaid pants or not.

Below are some great moments in Gwen’s style history, along with some of my favorite street style shots.

Gwen Stefani Style

Gwen Stefani Style

Gwen Stefani Style

Gwen Stefani Style

Gwen Stefani Style

Gwen Stefani Style

Gwen Stefani Style

Gwen Stefani Style

Gwen Stefani Style

Gwen Stefani Style

Who’s your style icon?