Definitely relaxed. I know what the limits of my grooming skills are, I am good with a comb/slicker and can scissor trim reasonably well. But I am pretty much useless when it comes to using clippers, and Beau would probably look pretty funny when I got done with him . So the groomer clips him in a nice "simple short" cut, which I can easily maintain at home.
I don't think there is a hard line between fancy and relaxed. Misha's in what I would call a relaxed trim but most people who see him out on walks would say he is very fancy. Because they don't see a lot of well groomed dogs.
Relaxed - Poppy cannot stand for very long these days, so clipping and scissoring needs to be completed in about 20 minutes. I am thinking of doing FTT more frequently, though, just to keep her more comfortable and keep her looking like my idea of a poodle!
Lacey has always had essentially the same haircut as the second photo. For now im trying something that i consider more fancy. Although nowhere near pro level quality since I’ve only been grooming her for less than a year. I don’t have the skills to do anything like the first picture or the time to upkeep something like that.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to deal with the longer areas as the topknot/ears/mane/legs continue to grow out, even if I love the look. The brushing and combing likely will become to much for me and I’ll go back to a kennel cut.
Relaxed especially in summer. We spend so much time at the water that she gets so tangled and gross if she’s in a fancy cut. Made that mistake the first summer as a puppy with a fancy cut and spent so much time taking out debris from her hair that she was shaved down the next day. She’s all one length with the exception of her face/feet/tail that are shorter. Even in fall/winter, she’s pretty relaxed because of snow or mud in our backyard.