Fashion Styles List

The FTC SIG Fashion Styles List was created in response to a faculty request for a list of the various styles within fashion.  The list continues to grow with regular suggestions provided by the international FTC SIG community.  If you are aware of additional styles not included on this list, kindly share them with us in the reply section below.  Thank you!  (Note:  If you plan to use this list for academic or professional purposes, link back to the original source and credit “Fashion Styles List, Fashion, Textile & Costume Librarians Special Interest Group of the Art Libraries Society of North America.)

  • Afro-punk
  • Afro-retro
  • All-American
  • Alpine
  • Ankara
  • Aristocrat
  • Art Deco
  • Art Nouveau
  • Avant-garde
  • Aztec
  • Babushka Bois
  • Beach Bum
  • Beatnik
  • Biker
  • Black Loli (Black Lolita style without Goth elements; Tokyo street style)
  • Bohemian / Boho
  • Bollywood
  • Bon chic, bon genre (BCBG)
  • Bro (Bronies, Scrumbro, Snowbro, Surfer Bro, Tech Bro)
  • Bubble Goth
  • California(n)
  • Celtic
  • Classic
  • Collegiate / Preppy
  • Cosplay
  • Cottage Core
  • Country
  • Country Club
  • Cowboy / Western
  • Creepy Cute
  • Cyberpunk
  • Dandy
  • Dasakawa (dasai=lame & kawaii=cute; Tokyo street style)
  • Decora (short for “decoration”; Tokyo street style)
  • Dieselpunk
  • Disco
  • Eastern
  • Eclectic
  • Edgy
  • E-Girl/Boy
  • Emo
  • English
  • Ero-Kawaii (Tokyo street style; erotic & cute)
  • Ethnic
  • Equestrian
  • Fetish
  • Flapper
  • Folkloric
  • Furry
  • Futuristic
  • Gamine
  • Gangster
  • Geek chic
  • Ghetto (fabulous) / Hip-Hop
  • Glamour
  • Glam Rock
  • Goth
  • Gothic Lolita (Tokyo street style)
  • Grunge
  • Gyaru
  • Gypsy
  • Hadeko (“Hade” = gaudy; Tokyo street style)
  • Hairband
  • Harajuku
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hip-hop
  • Hippie
  • Hipster
  • House
  • Indian
  • Indie
  • Industrial
  • Ivy League
  • Kampala Blend
  • Kawaii (Japanese street fashion; cute, hip, cool, adorable)
  • Kitsch
  • Kodona/Ouji/Boystyle (Tokyo street style)
  • Kowa-Kawaii (Tokyo street style; scary & cute)
  • Ladylike
  • Latino
  • Lolita (Tokyo street style; multiple variations)
  • Lunarpunk
  • Macabre
  • Mad Max
  • Metalhead
  • Military
  • Minimal/Minimalist
  • Mod
  • Mori Girl
  • Native American
  • Nautical
  • Neo-Edwardian
  • Neo(n) Goth
  • Neo-Y2K
  • New Romanticism
  • Normcore
  • NuGoth
  • Nymphet
  • Oriental
  • Pastel Goth
  • Peasant
  • Pinup
  • Phat
  • Pop
  • Pop Punk
  • Posh
  • Post-apocalyptic road warrior
  • Power Dressing
  • Prairie
  • Preppy / Collegiate
  • Psychedelic
  • Psychobilly (a dark, rockabilly pinup style; Tokyo street style)
  • Punk
  • Rasta
  • Rave/Raver
  • Resort (Alohawear/Resortwear)
  • Retro/Vintage
  • Rock (Rocker)
  • Rockabilly
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Safari
  • Sapeurs
  • Scandinavian Minimalist
  • Scene
  • Scrumbro
  • Seapunk
  • Ska
  • Skandi
  • Skate/Skater
  • Skinhead
  • Sloane Ranger
  • Softboys
  • Solarpunk
  • Soulies
  • Southwestern (American)
  • Sporty
  • Steampunk
  • Street
  • Surf (Californian)
  • Techno
  • Techwear
  • Teddy Boys/Girls
  • Tiki Goth
  • Tomboy
  • Traditional
  • Trendy
  • Tribal
  • Tropical
  • Ulzzang
  • Urban
  • Utility
  • Vaporwave
  • Varsity
  • Vintage / Retro
  • Victorian
  • Visual Kei (Tokyo street style; Angura Kei, Casual Kei, Cult Party Kei, Eroguro Kei, Fairy Kei, Kote Kei, Koteosa Kei,  Kurofuku Kei, Otome Kei, Victorian/Lolita Kei)
  • Vsco Girl/Boy
  • Western / Cowboy
  • Zoot Suiters

80 thoughts on “Fashion Styles List”

  1. Awesome list!! This helped me for a fashion project. Can you add modern styles?

    Vsco Girl/Boy
    F*** Boy
    Soft Boy
    Neo(n) Goth
    Party kei
    Cult party kei
    Fairy kei
    Otome kei

      1. Also by a South African rap band named dieantwood they have a style called “zef” described as “you’re poor but you’re fancy. You’re poor but you’re sexy, you’ve got style” as put on Wikipedia for “zef style”

  2. Solarpunk and Lunarpunk are missing… I’ve been trying to find some fashion types for my characters, so I ended up here. Nice post!

  3. Have you thought about adding or expanding to world fashions from history and around the world..

    or like bollywood fashions ect..

      1. or historical fashion periods as well.. from different cultures.. ^.^ The eras of fashion are
        eras and each era obviously had different fashion trends/styles
        Medieval ~ 500 to 1500
        Renaissance ~ 1500 to 1820
        Tudor ~ 1500 to 1558
        Baroque ~ 1689 to 1702
        Rococco ~ 1730 to1760
        Empire, Regency ~ 1810 to 1820
        Victorian ~ 1820 to 1901
        Edwardian ~ 1901 to 1918
        Vintage ~1918 to 1960’s
        Modern ~ 1970 to 2000’s

  4. This is an interesting link…

    The following youtube video goes over a few different types of lolita..

    There are some streets styles that I can’t remember right now..

    There are decades styles.. like flapper (20s) .. hairband/rockerstyle..this is probably grunge from 80s.. possibly more but mind blanking..

    uncommon styles are fetish style (this is like lingerie and bondage wear..some people in this scene wears goth.. but has more of rope and belts added into it too)

  5. Thank you for this wonderful list. Not only does it help me with fashion characteristics that I like to draw, it also will help me with my own style that I’ll be able to develop when I’m older.
    Also, I’m not sure if this is helpful but I found another list of quite a lot of Japanese styles.

  6. Cult party kei
    Fairy kei
    Otome kei

    Also, may I ask what the name of the recent style is where girls wear holographic prints, rainbow colored tattoo chokers, fuzzy articles of clothing, pizza/doughnut/(insert something weird) prints, platforms, and such. They also tend to have pastel colored hair?? This is sort of a weird question but I’d love to know.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, but Goth is on the list (Gothic / Goth.) Let me know if you see anything else missing! 🙂

  7. im so happy that there is a list of all different clothing styles it really helped alot^-^
    ps, there is a little typing mistake in the list. there is a word were it’s written dasawaka but it should be dasakawa:3

    1. Thank you very much, Kimmie! It’s nice to hear that this list is helpful to so many people around the world. And I’ll make that correction right away! 🙂

  8. Trendy is also a fashion style though it is pretty broad the website chic fashionista talks about this style

  9. There’s a style I just recently heard about called Creepy Cute. Its somewhat like Pastel Goth, but instead of adding cuteness to something dark its vis versa.
    Also there is Bubble Goth created by a singer named Kerli Koiv.
    And for Lolita. Are you wanting to list all of the different types for the fashion or just keep it simple??
    I also have friends who consider themselves being “Pop Punk” if you want to look into that.
    If I have anymore I’ll tell you. :3

    1. Interesting! That’s an art style, too. See Amazon’s website for the book “Cute & Creepy” (December 9, 2011), by Carrie Ann Baade (Author), Nancy E. Hightower (Author). In any case, I added it on the list. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Bert! They are definitely styles, but not exactly style tribes to which one might belong. Just as “formal” or “casual” wouldn’t be a specific style. When I think about “style tribes,” I sort of associate them with the cliques in high school: the Goths, the preppies, the geeks…. Each group has a distinctive style, a fixed way of dressing, that they adhere to regardless of the occasion. Of course, we do have “classic” on our list, but I see that as a fixed way of dressing, as well. (Think Ines de la Fressange…) Well, that’s my 2 cents! I appreciate your comment – you made me think! If anyone has dissenting opinions, please do share! 🙂

      1. I looked at your message again and suddenly remembered all those ’80s power dressers — women wearing suits with sharp shoulder pads and floppy ties… I think you’re right — it is a style. Thanks for the suggestion! I added these in. 🙂

  10. Thought this was interesting and was looking for stuff regarding styles..came across
    Emo.. Pretty sure goth has few different types of goths.
    I am unsure if girly girl is considered one.
    psychedelic fashion
    would cosplay be considered a fashion?
    Do plan on making links off the list names to what they are in brief description..?

      1. 🙂 Not a problem at all! Please do continue sending suggestions; you found several styles that we didn’t have yet. I really appreciate you reaching out and am glad our community is working to build this resource!

    1. I know just a bit about Japanese street style, but it’s a start. The defining factor of “kawaii” style is “cuteness,” but there’s lots of variety within kawaii – decora and kawaii dolly kei, for example. You might try other styles. If you want something more romantic but still child-like, and you like folkloric or fairytale elements, you could consider Dolly Kei. If you like historic references, you could consider Elegant Gothic Lolita which incorporates Edwardian or Victorian style. You can find lots of inspiration in the book “Japanese Street Style” by Pat Lyttle, and endless inspiration online: ,

        1. Interesting… I’m not sure. Let me try posting it on the main blog page and see if any of our FIDM, FIT, Pratt, or New School librarians can show it to their student workers. Thanks!

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