Determining Your Style

Do you know your style? 

Just think of your favorite piece of clothing. What makes it your favorite?

Below are the basic style categories to help you determine, or better understand, your style...

I: Dramatic
Bold colors, prints and cuts. These designs often feature experimental, unusual tailoring and details.

This category has sub categories;
  • Glam - Bling, camp or “Old Hollywood” style.
  • Rock/Rebel/Goth  - Studs, leather, ripped jeans, fringes, feathers, a preference for black.
  • Avant Garde - Bold cuts, details & draping. There is often an artistic approach; elongated extremities, a preference for dark or bold colors.
Think Gautlier, Rick Owens, The Blonds, Gareth Pugh, John Richmond, Vivienne Westwood, Betsey Johnson, Versace, Balmain, Cavalli. Materials run the gamut; silk, feathers, latex, canvas, suede, etc.

II: Romantic
This person likes feminine clothing that is often frilly (especially the historical, romantic pieces). The material is soft, often with satin trims, lace, bows or flowers. The colors are often soft pastels, red, and neutrals.

Designers include Valentino, Laura Ashley, Carolina Herrerra, Tibi, Chloe, Alberta Ferretti, Blugirl, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lanvin, Oscar De La Renta, Lela Rose.

III: Classic
Traditional, elegant, often understated, minimal cuts, colors and patterns. People with this style usually have a preference for natural, refined fabrics; wool, cotton, silk, linen, jersey.

Think Armani, Ralph Lauren, Max Mara, Brandon Maxwell, Herm├Ęs.

IV: Sporty
Wearers of this style may like the classic-style, but efficiency and functionality are the deciding factors that influence the purchase decision. The person that prefers this style is going for an effortless look ... Stylized sets and repeated core looks (I like to call them uniforms.) are preferred.

Note: Streetwear is a sub category of Sporty. Street is a modern sporty movement that tends to include edgy and/or deconstructed details. This could be subtle (indie) or more apparent (grunge)..

Brands include Off White, Undercover, Alexander Wang, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, Monse Maison, Norma Kamali, Polo.

V: Natural
Comfort and values are key with this style. There is a definite preference for earth tones, natural materials and dyes, comfortable designs, fabrics and prints. This person wants to feel good about how s/he looks and the story behind the clothing; conscious, handcrafted and small business made items are preferred. Think wholesome or even bohemian.

Preferred brands include Stella McCartney, Eileen Fisher, Mara Hoffman, Rag & Bone, indie Etsy sellers.

Having a combination of styles is quite normal. Tastes, like people, don’t always fit into neat pigeonholes. However, one style is usually dominant, with one or two secondary styles. An example is Tom Ford. His clothing infuses classic silhouettes with dramatic, high glam.

So why go through all of this? 

Knowing your style helps when selecting clothes. You will have a clearer view of what you want. So you won’t waste your time, nor money, on things that aren’t a true fit for you. This knowledge will help you focus on the items that suit your style and celebrate you.