I was in a mall for most of the afternoon and had a great view of the people walking by. It’s Father’s Day today, and also the last day before school reopens after a 3-wk break.
I was here for 2 fashion shows, so it was an afternoon of ‘fashion’ and models. What was more interesting to me though was the real-life ‘models’ – people in their ‘outing’ clothes.
I must say that many ladies dress well, but not everyone is eye-catching. I see nice clothes, but I don’t necessarily see ‘style’. Not every person who’s ‘well-dressed’ looks attractive. And not everyone who’s attractive is ‘well-dressed’. I guess that’s also why branded goods might not always look their worth.
We all have our definitions of who has or doesn’t have style; but we all attempt to look good in whatever we wear.
Let’s have a look at some common ‘styles’ out there. I rather like how my personal colour analysis trainer, Imogen Lamport, defines the various styles. Below is a list with a brief description of each:
- Classic: dominated by neutral colours, pearls, silver, gold jewellery, simple & clean designs in clothes, generally more conservative in dressing
- Relaxed: neutral colours dominate, comfort is essential, wood and metal jewellery, casual and not very structured bags, nothing very shiny, comfortable shoes, very low or no heels
- Dramatic: colours dominate, bold designs, shimmers and shine, unique and big statement jewellery, fashionista
- Creative: all colours or all one-colour (black), love handmade creative items in jewellery and accessories, original and unusual
- Rebellious: loud designs and colours that go against the flow, goth, piercings and tattoos, leather, metals and studs, stand out in the crowd, proud to be different!
- Feminine: soft colours dominate, soft material in clothing, frills, ruffles and bows, delicate jewellery and accessories
- Elegant Chic: neutral colours, high quality fabrics, real gems and metals, classic branded accessories and shoes, designer wear, high maintenance!
We’re usually a combination of a few styles.
I’m constantly honing my personal style, but after these years, I’d say I’ve narrowed down to a couple of things which define ‘me’. I like ethnic elements in my clothes and accessories, though mostly I consider myself relaxed classic. To ‘summarise’ my style, I’m a Relaxed Classic with elements of Creative in my accessories.
What about you?
Pictures for illustration purposes. (Pics for Classic & Creative from Nordstrom)