What is your personal style?

A personal style is the expression of our personality through our visual appearance.  It is also our own interpretation of fashion and how we like to wear clothes.

Style comes from more than just our clothes, it comes from knowing who we are and who we want to be.  Style is the expression of your personality through your appearance.  Someone who feels comfortable and confident in what they wear will create a better impression.  And as we all know, you only get one chance to make a first impression, and they do last.

As the legendary Coco Chanel once said:

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

People are affected and influenced by your appearance whether or not you (and they) realise it, and whether or not you (and they) think appearance is important.

We all have a personal presentation which includes our appearance, communication skills and mannerisms.  These automatically influence people’s behaviours towards us.

The first and most important step to developing style is to project confidence.  I’m talking about the kind of confidence that tells others that we respect ourselves, love ourselves, and dress up for ourselves, just because we can, and it makes us feel good.  When you look good on the outside, you automatically feel better on the inside.  It is not necessarily about being beautiful, but about being comfortable within yourself.

Your personal style is determined by many different factors such as personality, lifestyle, age, body shape, living environment and of course your personal taste.  Just because I like something, and happen to look good in it, is not to say you’re going to like it or look good in it.  And sometimes, even though you don’t like it, you might look better in it than I do…so sad but so often true.  We are all different with individual wants and needs, and that’s ok.  We don’t need to fit into a ‘one mould fits all’…how awful would that be, to not be an individual, an one of a kind beauty.

The trick is to know yourself, not overcomplicate things, and to know what is appropriate…for your age, figure and/or occasion.

Once you know who you are and where you are going (or want to be), it is as simple is figuring out what you like and dislike.

Page through fashion magazines.  Take out the pages with styles/clothing you like and create a collage.  Through doing so you will soon start to notice the commonalities in the pictures, for instance colours you’re drawn to, type of overall look you like etc.  This will help you figure out your true individual custom made style.

Some have a defined true style, and others are a combination between different styles, and that is ok.  You just need to figure out how to incorporate your different tastes.

According to me there are 7 main styles:

  • Classic/Conservative
  • Sophisticated/Chic
  • Trendy/Fashionista
  • Creative/Eclectic
  • Dramatic/Bombshell
  • Romantic/Feminine
  • Natural/Earthy
  • Sporty/Active

In the next couple of weeks I will be outlining and discussing the different styles as well as giving examples.

Have fun discovering the stylish you.

xoxo

(Images from Google Images, Concept from The Wardrobe Academy)

My personal style is Creative / Eclectic

CREATIVE / ECLECTIC

  • You enjoy an unique and interesting look and have a flair for combining unusual pieces.
  • You most likely work in a creative field such as design, music, art, etc. expressing your individualism through clothes.
  • You don’t really follow fashion, but rather look to the avant-garde designers for inspiration.
  • You often adopt a look that is vintage in nature, combining different styles such as 50′s bombshell, goth, retro, punk, rocker, new romantic etc.
  • Your outfits tend to be busy, consisting of many layers, bold unusual accessories such as hats, lots of costume jewellery etc.
  • You favour black, bright colours and loud prints, often combining pieces that clas, but somehow make it work.
  • You enjoy shopping, but are not fond of chain stores, preferring smaller boutiques as well as rummaging through second hand stores for vintage finds and interesting onc-off pieces.

Examples are Vivienne Westwood, Helena Bonham Carter, Sharon Osborne

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)

Winter Warmers

It is DEFINITELY winter!  Especially here in the beautiful Cape Town.

It is so cold, I just can’t seem to get warm.  My hands, feet and nose are all freezing…all the time.

Last night I realised I only have 2 warm coats and one leather biker style jacket to keep me warm…we went out for a quick bite and I had to dress warmly as the wind was howling and it was raining.  One of my 2 coats is a ‘hand-me-down’ vintage coat from when my mom was a student…so it’s really old.  It basically has no lining left, although the outer still looks good.

I’ve decided it is time for a new coat and jacket.  Something that fits properly, is not too bulky and heavy, but can keep me warm.  And where better place to start my search than trusted Woolies.

Here’s a couple of great choices.  And what’s more, they’re ranging in price between R500 – R850, so it is not going to ‘break the bank’.

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One thing I have noticed is some of this season’s jacket styles are quite ‘boxy’.  Not flattering for most body shapes…especially when you’re a juicy apple.  Anything that is not nipped in at the waist will make your upper body appear even bigger/rounder and is not flattering at all.

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Now if I can just get myself to move away from the heater and leave my cosy house to actually go and try them on.

(all images: http://www.woolworths.co.za/Home/Women/Jackets-Coats)

Great Gatsby

I am so excited and can’t wait for Leo DiCaprio’s latest movie: The Great Gatsby, set for release later this month.

The movie premiered last night at Cannes Festival, and I saw this morning it is ‘Coming Soon’ at Eikestad Mall Ster Kinekor.

Tobey Maguire, Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, DiCaprio and Amitabh Bachchan at the Cannes Premier.

Tobey Maguire, Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, DiCaprio and Amitabh Bachchan at the Cannes Premier. (Image fromhttp://news.sky.com/story/1091561/the-great-gatsby-premieres-at-cannes-festival)

If I could choose (fashion & music wise that is) when I wanted to live, it would either be the roaring 20′s or crazy 80′s.  Yes I know…80′s with the horrible fashion!  To me the 80′s represent experimentation, renewal & crazy fun.  Never has fashion been this (awfully) creative and expressive.  So yes…the 80′s.

Back to the the Roaring 20′s.

It was all about glitz and glamour. It was decadent and divine. Those were the roaring 20s. Fashion’s on-going love affair with this rebellious (i’m noticing a pattern) and glamorous decade is evident this spring. Laden with drop waistlines, flapper dresses, fringes and frills, hats, head/hair adornments and of course elaborate jewellery.

I am also a huge fan of Art Deco design, as in furniture & architecture.  Art Deco was  an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s, then waned in the post-World War II era. The style is characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation. New York City (where I so want to live) has the most amazing Art Deco buildings, such as the Chrysler.  Even our beautiful Cape Town has a couple of stunning Art Deco Buildings.

Mutual Building with interior, Cape Town http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_Building)

Mutual Building with interior, Cape Town
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_Building)

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With the upcoming release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, fashion lovers are in for a vintage treat, thanks to an array of 20s-inspired pieces worn by Carey Mulligan, who stars as Daisy Buchanan.  The movie is a remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel.  I can not wait.

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Did the movie follow this season’s fashion trends as seen on the Spring 2013 runways, or did fashion inspire the movie?  Who knows.

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(Images from http://www.ifashion.co.za)

Lastly, my avant garde makeup representation of 1920′s, the start of the SMOKEY EYE.

(Makeup by me, 2012)

My personal style is Sophisticated and Chic

SOPHISTICATED / CHIC

  • You enjoy a stylish, contemporary wardrobe consisting of classic basics and a few seasonal pieces to keep your look up to date and chic.
  • Your style is sexy without being overt and modern without being too trendy.
  • You could be described as a minimalist.
  • You favour clean sleek lines and uncomplicated cuts in a palette of mostly black, white, grey, or monochromatic colour schemes, while adding a bold accessory such as a bright handbag or scarve or shoes for a splash of colour.
  • You enjoy shopping, preferring high-end boutiques to chain stores, as they tend to stock good quality, beautifully cut investment pieces.
  • You always look modern and chic, even when dressed casually.
  • Well cut jeans and trousers, jackets and high heels and a variety of handbags are big features in your wardrobe.
  • You always manage to look occasional appropriate.

Examples are Jennifer Arniston, Katie Holmes, Gwyneth Paltrow.

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)