What style is your style?

FashionTipFridaySantorials!

Now I have talked about many different options of outfits to wear, with many different places and situations to wear them, along with gift advice, but we have seemed to skip over an essential topic that we may know, we may not know, or may have an idea but aren’t sure.  I’m talking about the different options and style of dress that we have. I don’t believe we have one, we have plethora of different loves and combinations; that’s what makes fashion so awesome! Now Santorials I am going to give you some major ones:

Preppy: If you don’t know what a prep is, or what its like to be preppy, here is a definition:

“a student or graduate of an expensive prep school or a person resembling such a student in dress or appearance.”

Now I don’t necessarily agree with the expensive school part, because I feel as preppy went mainstream,  that section being only the wealthy has changed. It speaks to the culture and attitude of a preppy person. Generally people care about appearance (as we all should), and care about how they dresses. Some brands I like to associate preppiness to is; Abercrombie & Fitch, Holister Co. (I call these intro to preppiness), Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Marc Jacobs, GAP, Micheal Kors and Coach. These are all mid-high fashion brands that definitely will help define you as a preppy dresser. There is no shame in being preppy, embrace it, I think being preppy is great.

Mark Anthony SantoroProfessional/ Business: Now professional dressing is like an older preppy person, like they have finally graduated from University/ college and can lead to brands overlapping. The difference is that it is more casual wear for day-to-day in the work place. Typically what you would find in their wardrobe is a lot of ties, shirts (aka button up shirts), chinos (but will wear button up shirt & jeans casually outside the office), and loafers/ dress shoes. These are the people who are always dressed looking professionally, they look like business people or professionals.

Here’s a definition:

“Informal attire, also called international business attire or Western business attire is a dress code, typified by a suit and necktie. On the scale of formality, informal attire is more formal than casual but less formal than semi-formal”

Again there is nothing wrong with this, this is a great attribute and look, just like preppy people. Being clean-cut is timeless.  Some examples of brands fitting this are: Calvin Klein (suiting department), Banana Republic, Bugatchi Uomo, Polo Ralph Lauren and brands such as these.

Mark Anthony SantoroUrban: Urban clothing is what we wear on the streets, this was developed from african and latino americans from the Hip-Hop and that sort of dress. Urban wear would include skater companies like Young and Reckless, DC, Ecko Unltd, Circa, Supra, Obey, Crooks & Castle and much, much more.

Sporty: Is obviously all the sport attire people wear, for the more athletic people who read this blog. For me there’s a time and place, be sporty in the gym, running, and any athletic activity you do but leave the sweats in the gym and dress nice when you come out. Fitness and Fashion go hand-in-hand, be fit & dress well. Some brands that sporty people will wear are: Lulu Lemon, Gym Shark, Under Armour, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Mondetta Performance Gear (MPG), Athleta, and I am sure you can name a few yourself.

It doesn’t hurt to combined these styles, I do it all the time, with at least three and maybe even more. Style has to do with your personality, clothes just express that. We all have a little of everything in us and do be afraid to dabble in the unknown.

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Mark Anthony Santoro

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