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)

The Madiba Shirt

Today is Madiba Day…in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95′th birthday.

Not only is he a truly inspirational man, captivating the entire world with his visionary humbleness, he is also somewhat of a FASHIONISTA!

With his savvy dress sense, combining colour, print, texture & supposed clashing styles, i.e. a somewhat casual button shirt paired with tailored trousers, buttoned shirt worn tugged out over trousers, etc., his Madiba Shirts has inspired fashion & textile designers worldwide to create interesting and fun garments.

The clothing line 46664 is also a Nelson Mandela Brand.  46664 (four, double six, six four) takes its name from the prison number (prisoner number 466 of 1964) given to Mr Mandela when he was incarcerated for life on Robben Island, off Cape Town, South Africa.  Mr Mandela gave his prison number to the organisation as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices he was prepared to make for a humanitarian and social justice cause he passionately believed in.  Available from selected Stuttafords and other retail chains, as well as an online store.

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(Images: Google Images)

(Images: Google Images)

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela.

My Personal Style is Romantic and Feminine

ROMANTIC AND FEMININE

  • You have a love for all things pretty and feminine and this is visible in how you dress.
  • You prefer muted or pastel colours, floral prints and tend to choose unstructured pieces with ruffles, flounces or lace in soft floaty silks, voiles and velvet.
  • You know how to layer and normally wear layered clothes with different colours and textures, but always look well put together.
  • Your accessories are usually floral themed, in natural materials such as wooden beads, crystal, pearl, marquisette or any other girly natural materials.
  • You will often wear decorative details not just as accessories, such as a bracelet or necklace, but will take it further and wear decotations such as brooches in your hair etc.
  • You would choose a fringed shawl, pashmina or soft cardigan over a structured jacket and would seldom wear anything tailored.
  • Your look can also tend towards a behemian style, giving you a free-spirited hippy or ethnic look.

Examples are Kirsten Dunst, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie, Nicole Kidman, Serena van der Woodsen (Gossip Girl).

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

 

My personal style is Trendy / Fashionista

TRENDY / FASHIONISTA

  • You are a dedicated follower of fashion.
  • You are not afraid to stand out in a crowd.
  • You wear the latest cutting edge trends and fads, and you usually know what it will be before it becomes main stream.
  • You are adventurous with your wardrobe, never boring or stuck in a style rut.
  • Your look changes with every season as new trends come and go.
  • Most of your clothes is only worn for one season.
  • Your style is always changing.
  • You love shopping, fashion TV, fashion magazines, and you always keep an eye on what celebrities are wearing and the latest looks on the catwalks.
  • You shop anywhere that stocks the latest trends and are happy to mix low-end chain store pieces with high-end couture pieses.

Examples are Paris Hilton, Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker.

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

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
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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)

Oscars 2013

LITTLE BLACK DRESS (LBD)

The 2013 Oscars was held last night, and of course all the stars and starlets were (mostly) dressed and groomed to perfection.

Confession: I have not watched ANY of the nominated movies.  I basically go to the movies maybe once a year.  Don’t know why.  Oh yes, now I remember.  I would much rather spend that money on a nice dinner and bottle of wine at my favourite restaurant.

Back to fashion.

I’ve noticed a bit of an ‘Old Hollywood’ theme for the ladies, with some of the more popular colours being blush/nudes, and of course black.

Black is my favourite colour, so that is why I’m singling out my favourite black gowns from last night.

Nicole Kidman a L’Wren Scott creation

Sandra Bullock wore Elie Saab Couture

George Clooney wore a Giorgio Armani tuxedo, his girfriend Stacy Keibler a Naeem Khan dress

Halle Berry wore a Versace gown

Kelly Osbourne wore Tony Ward Couture

Kelly Rowland wore a Donna Karan Atelier

It must be so much fun getting ready for a red carpet event, kitted out in your favourite designer’s latest creation, being beautified by your team of stylists, and then not to mention the numerous after parties.

 

 

 

 

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)

 

My personal style is Classic/Conservative

CLASSIC / CONSERVATIVE

  • You tend to have a formal wardrobe and like to appear well turned-out, neat and elegant.
  • You most likely lead a professional, high profile, upper class life and or work in a corporate environment.
  • You prefer tailored pieces and timeless basics in neutral colours with simple clean lines and minimal fuss.
  • Suits and co-ordinated separates in high quality fabrics are the basis of your look.
  • Your casual style could be described as preppy: classic chinos, polo shirt or a twinset and pearls.
  • You will very rarely wear jeans, but then only if it’s a classic,well cut and good fabric.  No washed denim with rips etc.
  • You are not all that bothered with seasonal fashion trends, and prefer to invest in good quality staple pieces when necessary.

Examples are Hillary Clinton, Jane Fonda, Princess Diana.

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