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What is a fashionista?

Is this your version of a fashionista?
Is this your version of a fashionista?
Christian Dior

Most use the word fashionista on a daily basis, but when asked to truly define the word and lifestyle, the definitions become confused, convoluted, and a bit of a conundrum. Thumb through any fashion magazine and you will see pictorials of models wearing clothes that are worth more than a small country. This can make a reader die with infatuation for said items, looking in their closet as if . . . it is not even worth leaving the house. Is the fashion world working against the regular consumer? Are we supposed to open every magazine, leave each fashion show, and watch every music video/dvd/awards show with a taste of disdain on the tongue of our minds? Can we encompass the idea of the ‘Fashionista’ without spending money? Or, am I taking this terminology from the wrong angle, the money angle?

Most think that being a fashionista means you have to be the best dressed and ‘on trend’ lady in the room; think Kim Kardashian and Rihanna. But what if you don’t have the money to buy everything that attracts your eye? What if you live in an area that doesn’t have all the popular retail stores? The Merriam-Webster dictionary [online] defines a ‘Fashionista’ as a designer, promoter, or follower of the latest fashions. So, ah-ha, you can be a fashionista without spending a dime. Now this must surely go against some fashion manifesto out there.

Every since I began writing my blog, Fab Glance Nashville, I’ve been asked to define the term ‘Fashionista’ and its associated lifestyle. I write about fashion every day. I spotlight trends. I’m a fashionista even if my closet would not warrant the screams of every lady at Mercedes-Benz fashion week. Fashionista’s are trendsetter, not trend followers. If you can afford all the fly Louboutins, Chanel, and Gucci, it’s more about how you put the wardrobe together than how much your wardrobe costs. And, yes, this is not a new ideal, but it’s not an idea that we stick to. Why? It is because we are programmed to want the newest and best forgetting what works explicitly for our bodies and our wallets.

But remember, trend come and go, but a trendsetter forges a path that others follow. Think about the legacies of Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Diana Ross. When you think of their names, I’m sure you can think of their signature styles (on and off stage). That, my friends, is a fashionista!