First up, a woman who understands her own personal style will invariably have a fabulously well put together wardrobe. She understands what suits her, which trends to buy in to and how to wear colour.
Someone who doesn't recognise themselves in the different style categories will probably have masses of clothes but nothing to wear. Her wardrobe will resemble something like this...
She's the one that buys in to every trend going but finds it difficult to put an entire outfit together. Sound familiar? Read on. That's because she's buying across the different style categories; the must have top, a classic jacket, pretty shoes...they're never going to work together. She'll end up buying trousers to go with the top, a new shirt to go with the jacket and so on. Creating even more bedlam in an already chaotic wardrobe. It's a vicious circle isn't it?
That's why understanding your style personality kind of matters.
Talk about a light bulb moment. I was taught about style personality on my Colour Me Beautiful course many years ago. It really was a total revelation. So bloomin simple. I fell in to the category of buying EVERYTHING. If a celebrity wore it, I bought it. If Grazia suggested a 'hot' new trend I bought it. If a friend looked sensational in something, I bought it. My wardrobe was a complete disaster zone. And I was ashamed. All the gear but no bloody idea.
These days I've learned to admire trends from afar. Over the knee boots? Love 'em. But on my skinny legs, they take on a more fisherman thigh waders quality. And they're a bit showy for me*. Off the shoulder tops? Gorgeous but they make me look as wide as I'm tall. And they're a little too cute for me*. So, I steer clear and stick to clothes that suit me, my style personality and make me happy.
*These are not criticisms of anyone who owns these items, merely examples of what my style personality dictates to me.
There are 6 different style personalities. If you seem to fit in to a couple, that's quite normal - one will probably be more dominant than the other one. If you fit in to more than two, that's abnormal. I'm joking of course but, what it does actually say, is that you could possibly be buying in to too many trends and not creating a cohesive wardrobe.
I thought it would be fun to use Boden's new collection to show you the different personalities. A good size collection without being too overwhelming. You'll also see some familiar faces by way of celebs (and royalty) and bloggers. The bloggers that I feature are all normal women so hopefully you'll recognise something in yourself.
Celebrity icon: Vivienne Westwood
Blogger icon: Catherine at Not Dressed As Lamb
|Vivienne is most certainly 'out there' in the way that she dresses. Catherine on the other hand brings a creative element to her clothes which are much more wearable|
You're probably not reading this blog if you fall in to this category. This woman likes to make her own style. She's happy rummaging through vintage stalls, mixing old things with High Street buys. She's not afraid of colour and certainly doesn't follow current trends. One of those women that you see and think wow, she looks great....but I couldn't do that. That's the extreme example. You might dip your big toe into this category without being so 'out there'. You're not afraid to mix colour and textures as indeed Catherine does. You'll find different ways of wearing something eg. a dress over trousers.
Celebrity icon: Rita Ora
Blogger icon: Frances at School Run Style
We're talking full on fashionista here. This woman knows exactly when Grazia hits the shelves every week. She can list every trend of the current season (and has probably already tried them). She loves to make an entrance so expect to see a spangle trousers teamed with a chunky knit jumper on the school run (ok, may be not the morning school run). A Dramatic isn't afraid of making mistakes, she enjoys trying new things and chalks disasters up as experience. Her friends are probably envious of her bold choices although sometimes these aren't always practical. Buy now, discover it's dry clean only later!! That's a Dramatic for you!
Celebrity icon: Elizabeth Hurley
Blogger icon: Liz from What Lizzy Loves
|Both Liz and Liz (ha ha) understand their style and although they both wear jeans, I'm sure they adore wearing beautiful dresses and shoes more|
This woman, well let's call her a lady because she loves dressing up. She owns lots of dresses and pretty clothes. Prints are delicate and fabrics are touchy-feely. She adores all sorts of details; ruffles, bows, brooches and pretty jewellery. Jeans might not be a huge feature in her wardrobe and when worn will be teamed with a delicate top and jewellery. Matching underwear is a must, as is perfume....she always wears perfume.
Celebrity icon: Duchess of Cambridge
Blogger icon: Nikki from Midlife Chic
|I would consider both Catherine and Nikki modern 'Classics'. They both wear much more colour than the traditional Classic such as Hilary Clinton|
The Classic woman is timeless and elegant. That's because she isn't a slave to fashion trends preferring to spend her money on good quality basic pieces that will last for a long time. She probably doesn't buy as much as some of the other style personalities but will spend more on each item. The Classic woman always looks well groomed and is comfortable in more formal pieces; jackets, well cut skirts and trousers and dresses. Jeans are not her go-to outfit (but she may own a few pairs) and there will be few prints and patterns in her wardrobe (probably in her scarf collection). Her bags will be good quality in neutral colours such as black and navy...and often match her shoes!
Celebrity icon: Julia Roberts
Blogger icon: Michelle from My Fashionable 40s
|Fabulous examples of a Natural style personality from Julia and Michelle (although I think Michelle has a touch of Dramatic too - she's great at finding trends before others but makes them work so well with her wardrobe)|
It's all about the comfort for this woman. No digging or pinching waist bands. Jeans will be a major feature in her wardrobe with lots of easy wear tops, and practical shoes such as trainers and Converse. Heels won't be her first choice for the school run or day time errands, she'll save these for nights out. She opts for a simple uncluttered look and won't get on with frills and flounce. Jewellery won't be overly fussy, a simple chain or bangle and her watch might even be a mans, certainly a chunky or large face. Now I think there's a new breed of Naturals, ladies who have a love of fashion but interpret it to make it more wearable on an every day basis.
6. CITY CHIC
Celebrity Icon: Emmanuelle Alt
Icon: Me (I hasten to add that I do not consider myself an icon, a mere example of a City Chic).
The City Chic will no doubt have experimented with may different looks in the past (me) but now knows exactly what suits her. She tends to follow trends rather than high street fashion and favours a smart but comfortable, uncluttered look. Patterns and prints will be minimal in her wardrobe as this woman prefers plain shirts and tops, blazers, jumpers and well cut jeans or trousers. Although she does love a good Breton. She's a devil to shop with (let her go alone) as a lot of thought is put in to each purchase. She loves shoes and bags and spends most of her money on these (me - shoes).
|How unworthy do I feel stood next to the mighty Emmanuelle Alt. Totally at ease in our respective jackets, jeans and flat shoes!|
|Ponte T-Shirt Tunic Dress|
Fearne Slouchy Bag
Have you worked out where you sit yet? I'll post a questionnaire for those of you who are struggling next time. It should help you to identify your own style personality which is really an expression of your spirit and character. Women who unwittingly buy into 'every' trend going or copying every celeb or blogger will certainly hit wardrobe problems. There's absolutely nothing wrong with copying someone's style but make sure it's a style that a) you're comfortable in and b) it fits in with your current lifestyle.
Look, there's little point in a Natural buying a tight shift dress and stilettos to wear on a daily basis. And a Classic will feel all at sea in a fleece and jeans for a trip to the supermarket. There's no right or wrong way to dress - it's all about how it makes YOU feel. But sometimes you're 'forced' in to a certain style because of your lifestyle. For example a woman who has worn suits all of her working life and leaves to have a baby, may suddenly feel as if she's lost her way. Her previous sharp tailored wardrobe is unlikely to work as a new mother. Her lifestyle will dictate her new wardrobe which may not be in sync with her personality. This may require a little experimenting (and a few disasters - I should know, I experienced them all) but fundamentally understanding your own style means that you can adapt it to any situation. Even skiing!
1. Apologies if some of the items are now out of stock. I started writing this post on Monday and stuff sells!!
2. If you've made it this far, well done. I know this post is mammoth, for which I apologise.
3. For a relatively modest collection, I've managed to pick out all 6 different style personalities. Which means that Boden have something for everyone. He's a bit clever that Johnnie B isn't he.
4. This is not a sponsored post, I merely used Boden as a way of illustrating the style personalities.
5. The end.