Indie or Eclectic ? And What's The Diff ?

Though I am not much for labeling my style, as it changes greatly from day to day ~ mood to mood, I was recently asked to describe my style in three words. It was easy til it came to Eclectic or Indie. Which am I ? I know the difference when I see it, but was hard pressed to choose one over the other.
So, as a good little fashion geek would do, I looked it up ;)
It seems there isn't huge differences, but more subtle ones.  For instance, I love my graphic Tees (indie) but also love shiny baubles as well (eclectic). Still confused? Me too :) So here's what I came up with.

INDIE :
It's more of an alternative style, which has become mainstream, thus making indie a tough trend to nail down.  Live underground concerts, authentic concert Tees, acoustic music ~ These are all common life-styles of an Indie fashion lover............
  • THINK  "JUNO" OR WILLOW FROM BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER :)
  • RINGER T'S, PLAID SHIRTS, CARDIGANS, SKINNY JEANS
  • SHOES: VANS, FLATS, KEDS, though many of these trends are now mainstream, making them no longer true indie.
  • "COSBY" SWEATERS, OVER-SIZED CARDI'S AND TEES.
  •  THE OCCASIONAL CHUNKY SANDAL OR FLIP-FLOPS.
  • VINYL OVER iPOD'S
  • A TRUE "INDIE" WOULD NEVER SHOP AT "CHAIN STORES", except for basics.
ECLECTIC :
There's not much difference, though the definition of eclectic is "a mixed style" in the fine arts. An Indie style can easily be tweaked into Eclectic with more colorful , mix and match pieces, with vintage thrown into the mix as well.
  • THINK :  SARAH JESSICA PARKER :)
  • PLAID SHIRTS WITH FLORAL SKIRTS
  • A VINTAGE BROOCH WITH A BASIC TEE.
  • PUMPS AND HEELS
  • TIGHTS WITH SOCKS
  • BOLDER COLORS AND PATTERNS
  • FUR COLLARS
  • STUDDED BOOTS

STILL CONFUSED ?
ME TOO, HONESTLY .................

ECLECTIC SEEMS TO BE MERELY A BLEND OF BOTH WORLDS. Liking to mix different styles all in one.  I WOULD BE CONSIDERED A "POSER" IN TRUE INDIE CIRCLES ;)

I LOVE VINTAGE ACCESSORIES PAIRED WITH A DIY EMBELLISHED TEE PAIRED WITH COLORFUL FLORALS ...........................

This is my best attempt at Indie Style, though it turned Eclectic as soon as I added the shiny brooch and trendy sunnies. Now the boots and skirt are screaming Boho !

Maybe I should stick to taking pretty pictures ;)
( Plus, a true Indie girl would be way too cool to twirl :)
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THE DEETS:

OH, WHAT THE HELL ?

7 comments:

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Well before you are indie OR eclectic, let me go on record to label you FABULOUS.

For me indie is often eclectic, but eclectic in NOT indie. Designers can be eclectic, say a certain year of Prada, any season of Marni, etc. Certain fashion icons are eclectic, the Duke of Windsor, Isabella Blow, Iris Apfel, for instance.

While Indie always starts off the mainstream, it is usually, eventually co-opted by the mainstream. Eclectic by sheer odd-ballness, never is.

Great post, Reva. Food (or clothes for thought.)

Joy said...

I love that skirt! I makes me want to twirl, too!!

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Terri said...

what a wonderful skirt!

My word for you would be eclectic...which INCLUDES indie.
To me, "eclectic" means a little bit of everything and anything without great respect for the way they were originally styled.

'nuf said.

Lady Cardigan said...

I agree with Terri, you are eclectic. You're far too creative to be pigeon-holed by one type of style, like indie.

I've been catching up on your posts -- your poor brother! I'm glad he's doing OK. And I love your gray outfit yesterday.

Vintage Vixen said...

Lady Cardigan's right, you are you and you don't need a label or to be pigeon-holed.
Here current British Indie-fashion is nothing like the Indie look of the 1990's - pleated or tweed skirts, brogues, tights in primary colours, red lipstick, twinsets or Puritan collared blouses and severe fringes - a bit too sensible looking for my liking.
Stay as you are, you rock! xxx

Matt said...

Hehe, I agree labels are definitely overrated! But they can be useful sometimes too! I'm horrible at figuring out style labels! I don't even know what to call my own style other than "things I like that also fit". This is a really cute outfit though! :)

gina said...

Great tee! I love Twiggy. I have a Twiggy tee too.

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