The 4 Categories of Fashion
Fashion has played a major role in my life ever since I was born. My mother always dressed me in the most stylish clothes ever since I could remember. I always looked well dressed and was coordinated from my hair clips to my shoes. I was a runway model as a kid for Nordstrom and that’s where I got my nickname “FashionIsa.” I was also a part of Nordstrom’s teen Fashion Board program, where I worked with designers to create new full lines for the store. I also participated in a cotillion program, for young women, which allowed me to learn how to have an appropriate fashion sense at every age. During high school, I took a design class at FIDM in downtown Los Angeles where I learned the ins and outs of clothes and how to make a perfect outfit. Now, I work as a sales associate and personal shopper at Nordstrom.
In my life, I have had tons of experience in the Fashion Industry and I can confidently say I know my stuff. Throughout my years of life, some of the main things people don’t understand about fashion are its categories. Fashion is made up of different categories that separate it by genre or event. Fashion Categories are easily mixed up with the general public, but they become crucial to understand in professional settings. Some of the main fashion categories that you need to know are Casual, Business Casual, Business Formal, and Formal. These are the top four categories that every person should know and understand when it comes to Fashion. These key concepts help better understand which outfit to pick out for every event.
Casual is the easiest genre because it is also known as ‘everyday wear’ or ‘denim.’ If your outfit contains any type of denim it is considered casual, whether that is jeans, skirts, jackets, etc. Casual outfits can also include comfortable clothes like sweatshirts, tennis shoes, or yoga pants. But most outfits with those items are considered work-out attire and should not be worn as regular outfits. These are some examples of cute casual outfits.
Business Casual is what most people wear to church, brunch, luncheons, or even work. Business casual is sometimes confusing to most people, because of the word ‘casual’ they think jeans but, no. Business casual is anything but jeans. Here are some photos of examples of business casual.
Business Formal includes any office or work attire. For example, business formal attire is slacks, suits, pantsuits, long skirts, and tights. As seen in the photos below women and men can wear suits. Women could wear low heels or even flats. Business formal is attire for events as well, work parties, Easter Service at church or even a school presentation.
Formal attire is the most fun, in my opinion. Formal attire is Prom or Homecoming clothes. If you did not attend any of these events in high school then look at the photos for more examples. Formal attire is for events only, not many places can you go where formal attire is accepted.
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