I’d like to say I have both.
I have good taste (have always managed to choose the most expensive item out of a range of them even as a child), and I also have good style because it is my own style.
I think both are equally important, and taste doesn’t necessarily always mean choosing the most conservative / expensive / timeless option and style doesn’t mean always looking chic / interesting / cool.
I think we think of ‘taste’ on the one hand as ladies lunching at the Four Seasons with hats and gloves on, when in fact taste can be just that — a matter of your own taste.
You and I could choose the exact same style of bag, but I would want the cognac brown version and you might go for the lilac version.
It’s all a matter of our individual taste. I mean, I love sushi but only if it is plain, unadorned with mayonnaise and strange sauces, and just the pure taste of the ingredients of the sea, whereas a friend of mine lives for the opposite!
Style on the other hand is what I see as personas, or personalities.
You can be any persona you want. I mean, sometimes I am different person just by what I wear. It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it and how much you own that look (which is all interrelated to how comfortable you feel in it, and in the persona you are projecting).
Over the years, I have gone from typical corporate suits to business casual, to being a wild colour loving person to someone who now prefers neutrals.
My tastes have changed, and my style has evolved to something different, but my inner core style personality (I still love lots of colours for instance, but am wearing less of them altogether at once), has never wavered.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
The entire series can be found here: Women in Clothes Style & Fashion Survey