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Subject: Fashion/Decorating "Style" Categories
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: prpro-ga
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Posted: 19 Aug 2003 23:37 PDT
Expires: 18 Sep 2003 23:37 PDT
Question ID: 246750
Many women's fashion and decorating magazines have featured articles
that provide categories that define an individual's style or fashion. 
For example, a category describing a preppy woman's style could be
called "Prep", "Classic Traditionalist", "Thoroughbred" or "American

I am looking for a rundown of category names that have been used by
the fashion and decorating press.  I expect there would be categories
like the "Classic Traditionalist", "Romantic", "Modernist", et al, but
am trying to develop a list of as many category names as possible to
see the general breakdown.

Can anyone help with this?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 20 Aug 2003 07:24 PDT
Hello prpro-ga,

Very interesting and challenging question you've posted!

While I work on it a bit more, I wonder if I could ask for some

There are so many variations on styles -- and innumerable transient
fashions (such as this season's "spy style" clothes), that it's hard
to know what to offer you in the way of an answer.  Your question is
doubly complicated by asking about both clothing and decorating, since
the two don't always follow the same path or trends.

That said, please let me know:

--if a list like this one is at all helpful to you:

--are you familiar with reference sources such as:

-A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion, by Mary Brooks Picken 
-The Complete History of Costume & Fashion, by Bronwyn Cosgrave 
-Fashion in Costume, by Joan Nunn  
-Classic Modern : Midcentury Modern At Home, by Deborah Dietsch

--Are you interested only in contemporary styles, or would you expect,
e.g. "Art Deco" style to appear on the list?

--What would you consider an appropriate number of categories as a
reasonable answer to your question?

Any further insight you can provide would be a great help in getting
you the information you are after.



Clarification of Question by prpro-ga on 20 Aug 2003 08:29 PDT
Great questions!  I'll answer each of your bullets point-by-point:

- A list like the one IS helpful; these categories
are actual fashion movements/trends (Kinderwhore?!).  I'm really
looking more for even more collective categories.  For example,
"Hip-Hop", "Rave Culture", et al might be grouped under "Urban Hip". 
However, I suppose the total list is helpful -- I can rope them into
their more collective categories on my own.

- Not familiar with the books you list; I think I am more interested
in the type of content that would be found in books that focus on
defining your personal style, where you might take a "test" that would
indicate whether you are a "Classic Traditionalist", "Urban Hipster",
et al.  You know what I mean -- you take a test and your score
indicates the type you are.  Think Cosmo quiz... ;-)

- I'm less interested in general era styles, such as "Art Deco",
"Edwardian", et al.

- As far as the number of categories, I'm looking for as much "input"
as possible -- this will help me determine my own system where I will
place each category provided into 6-8 categories of my own creation.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 20 Aug 2003 08:52 PDT
Hey, that helps.  I suspect it will take a few back and forths, before
I know for sure if I can answer your question for you.

First off, have a look at:

Is this (a) close?  or (b) way off? what you are seeking?

Also, here's a list of fashion "quizzes" that may be of interest
(listed under "Fashion Selectors" on the site), but I'm not sure they
get you into the type of categories you're looking for.  Let me know
what you think:

Ta ta, for now...


Clarification of Question by prpro-ga on 20 Aug 2003 09:45 PDT
The quizilla link doesn't work.  The selectsmart is cute, but --
you're right -- it doesn't call out the categories that I'm seeking. 
Thanks for your diligence!

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 20 Aug 2003 09:58 PDT
Sorry about quizilla.  Try this link:

Take the quiz, and when you get the results, on the bottom of the page
is a "see all possible results" button.  Press this to see all the
categories listed.  It's not comprehensive, for sure.  But it's a

Clarification of Question by prpro-ga on 20 Aug 2003 10:47 PDT
VERY much along the lines of what I have been considering... good find!

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 20 Aug 2003 11:29 PDT
Good...glad to hear it.  By the way, if you do a search on the word
"fashion" at the quizilla search page:

it will take you to about a dozen other, similar quizzes (I think the
one I linked to earlier is the best of the lot, but you may want to
look at the others just the same).

How do you think we should proceed at this point?  We found a pretty
good list at the artandculture site, and some good, broad categories
at the quizilla site.  I'm not sure what to do now to provide
additional information, or to pull together what we found already into
a coherent answer.

Let me know what other type of information you would like and/or what
would be the best way to present the info we have.



Clarification of Question by prpro-ga on 20 Aug 2003 11:49 PDT
I really need to get a rundown list that more reflects the Quizilla
categories.  I am looking for as many categories of that type as
possible and just need a "laundry list".

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 20 Aug 2003 13:35 PDT
I think I got it!

Have a look at:

It's a "pret-a-porter" list that seems to fit the bill -- let me know
if this does the trick.

Clarification of Question by prpro-ga on 20 Aug 2003 14:48 PDT
That is a DAMN good list!!  That could be my macro categories; would
you be able to compile a rundown of whatever other categories you've
found and I can play "mix-and-match" myself?  THANKS!!!
Subject: Re: Fashion/Decorating "Style" Categories
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 21 Aug 2003 08:20 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello prpro,

As a fashion-challenged individual, this has been a particularly fun
question to research.  Thanks for the opportunity to work on it.

I'm going to pull together the results we have so far, and add a few
more categories/lists for you to play with.   If anything here is
unclear, or requires elaboration, just let me know through a Request
for Clarification, and I'll be happy to provide additional


From the noubikko site: 

we have the following list of "master" categories:



The quizilla site at:

offers some similar categories:



I revisited the artandculture site at:

and it's actually a very interesting and versatile site...I suggest
you spend some time exploring it.  Here are some of the things I found

--A simple search on the word "fashion" gave a long list of both
styles and designers...boiling it down to just the styles left me

    Futurist Fashion  
    Art Deco Fashion  
    Pop Art Fashion  
    Surrealist Fashion  
    Avant-Garde Fashion  
    Existentialist Fashion  
    Explosive Color  
    High-End Rock 'n' Roll  
    reflection / self-reflection  
    Postmodern Poetry  
    Elegant Suiting  
    Post-War Scandinavian Design  
    Left Bank Look  
    Epic Theater  

--A further search on any individual term gives you even more tidbits
to work with.  For instance, a search on "elegant suiting" brings you
to this page:

Elegant Suiting   
Related Artists
Giorgio Armani


--and of course, there's the extended list of fashion categories that
I pointed out earlier:

'30s Revival 
Acid Jazz 
Alpine Techno/Eskimo 
Androgynous Silhouette 
Armour Costumes 
Art Deco Fashion 
Art Nouveau Fashion 
Art Nouveau/Art Deco Revival 
Avant-Garde Fashion 
Avant-Garde, Deconstructivist & Minimalist Design 
B-Boys & Flygirls 
Blonde Ambition 
Brit-Pop Fashion 
Caribbean Style 
Cocktail Dressing 
Dior's "The New Look" (1947) 
Disco/Saturday Night Fever 
Elegant Suiting 
Envelope Silhouette 
Existentialist Fashion 
Explosive Color 
Frumpy Suits 
Futurist Fashion 
Gangsta Chic 
Gay Style 
Girl Culture 
Goth Style 
Hats by Adolpho the Milliner 
Haute Couture of Balmain & Balenciaga 
Heavy Metal 
High Tech Fabrics 
High-End Rock 'n' Roll 
Indie Rockers 
Japanese Influence 
La Dolce Vita 
Larger Sizes for Women  
Left Bank Look 
Lesbian Style 
Modernists/Mod U.K. 
New Agers 
New Romantics 
Peasant Look 
Perky Girls 
Pin-Up Girls 
Pop Art Fashion 
Psychedelic Revival 
Rave Culture 
Ray Ban Sunglasses 
Renaissance Fair/Medieval Garb 
Riot Grrls 
Rude Boys 
Sexy Schoolgirl 
Sexy Spinster 
Smart Handbags 
Snowboarders/Extreme Sports 
Space Age / Space Age Bachelors 
Sportswear Launched by Jantzen 
Streetwear on the Runway 
Surrealist Fashion 
Swing Revival 
Swing Style 
Swinging London/British Invasion 
Urban Chic 
Utility Chic 
Velvet Catsuit 
West Coast & Hollywood Influence 
Western Style 
Youth Culture 
Zoot Suiters  


Lastly, just an observation/thought/suggestion of my own.  I would
suggest expanding the category that noubikko calls "Western" to
include any costume-type clothing (think "Village People") such as
western wear, ethnic clothing, historical outfits, military style,

I don't mean this to refer to actual costumes, but just to clothing
that picks up on a costume theme:  peasant blouses, camouflage pants,
cowboy boots, football jerseys, etc.


I hope this does the trick, and like I said, just let me know if you'd
like any additional information.

Have fun.

prpro-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Terrific!  You went to a great deal of effort and -- thanks to your
diligence -- I really have something that I can work with. Great

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