What is Style?

For the purposes of this article, think of style as a mode of expressing your identity through clothes and make-up. One thing’s for sure, if someone else is being too prescriptive about your style they’re almost certainly missing the point! Because style is linked to identity and we’re all unique.style-personality-featured

Having said that it is possible to broadly define a number of style personalities, which can help you decide which direction you want to head off in when discovering and choosing clothes that will make a statement about who you are. And the more your clothes reflect this the more comfortable and confident you’ll feel about wearing them.

Style Personalities

  • Creative
  • Dramatic
  • Romantic
  • Classic
  • Natural
  • City chic

The Creative

You don’t follow the crowd. You tend not to have a favourite brand and there’s an element of the magpie about you. Charity shops are often your hunting grounds along with craft fairs where you’re looking for individual items of jewelry. You’re the opposite of “The Classic”. Conservative isn’t you. You’re “mix” and probably not “match” and definitely not Miss Co-ordinated.

The Dramatic

You like attention! (Whether you’re prepared to admit it, or not). You like to make a statement, and you will be noticed. You buy it if you like it, but fashion is important to you. Your make-up will get you noticed. You’ll be found in the fashion stores.

The Romantic

You won’t leave home without a full make-up kit in your handbag. You love floral designs, bows and detail flourishes on your clothes. Dainty sandals with a heel are top of your shoe list. Oh, and you love shopping.

The Classic

Your hairstyle will be neat. Your shoes will match your handbag and you’ll stick to the same make-up routine. Your wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without tailored suits and co-ordinated separates. You’d die if you had to swap your wardrobe with a creative!

The Natural

Unlike “The Romantic” it’d be good going if you remembered to take even a lipstick out with you. And rather than a handbag you’ll have clothes with plenty of pockets. Colour? Whatever, you’re not bothered.

City Chic

You’re prepared to spend money on the staples in your wardrobe, but will accessorise with cheaper items of jewelry. Your trademark is simple and elegant with a tone-on-tone look.

How Does it All Work?

Well, it’s unlikely you’ll fit neatly into just one category. Life’s not like that. For example, you will adapt to your family, work and social life giving you the opportunity to express your style personality in a variety of ways.

Just as an example, the other day I carried out a style consultation for a lady whose style questionaire revealed her to be a natural/dramatic. Now, you’d think these were polar opposites, but when discussing her lifestyle, at home she was a “natural” (and indeed when she arrived for the consultation I had her down as a “natural”) but a large part of her social life was taken up with ballroom dancing where she wore elaborate and dramatic clothes and make-up hence her “dramatic” side.

I’ve only mentioned a few of the traits for each style personality to give you an indication of the various factors to consider when discovering your style personality.

Alex is a personal stylist, image consultant and photographer.

Image Credit : Colour Me Beautiful

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