Sunday, March 9, 2014


If you care to look up your dictionary or thesaurus, you'll find many words that describe the word "style".   Those readers who are a little older (by a decade or two) know that "style" is something that a woman aims for in seeking and then finding that "style" which suits her, and makes her look good as well as feel good.  If you ask your Mum or grandmother, they'lll mention Judy Anne Ford, June Dally -Watkins; Sheila Scotter;  even Maggie T as having "style".

Here are a few of the descriptive words in today's thesaurus:  distinctive appearance;  a particular design of clothing;  elegance and sophistication; impressive and good taste (not as in food).

In today's Melbourne Herald Sun I found a challenging photograph depicting "street style" worn on Melbourne streets last week.   I say "challenging" because none of the above descriptive words can be used with the outfits photographed.  I am NOT challenging the wearers of the outfits, but rather the outfits themselves.

Copyright 2014 Melbourne SunHerald, Sunday March 9, 2014.

Of the four people photographed, only one (the young 20 year old with a striped dress showed any "style" a young and fresh and feminine look).   Of the other three, one could have just come in from doing the laundry;   another from walking the dog and wearing those ubiquitious "distressed" jeans with holes (do these people pay extra for the holes?), and the other grabbing the nearest thing to wear that looked relatively OK but surely couldn't in a fit, be classified as "style".

Has something happened to the English language without my noticing it?   Has someone been changing our every-day words to such an extent that they no longer mean what they say, or say what they mean?

Or have I lost sight of what is "style"?

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