In my amateur belief of what fashion is-- I simply see it as a way for one to express one's personalities and sense of identity through the clothing one wears. That said, I have little or no appreciation toward the crazy designs of well-known designers, which otherwise is known as art. What I do love in fashion, style and shopping is to find that article of clothing that emanates a specific feeling for the wearer and the observers.
Generally, personal style can be characterized into seven categories:
1. Classical Style - Mastering the Classic look is having timeless outfits that are not extreme in fashion. They are tailored and semi fitted so you can actually dress down or up. Classic styles are very versatile and functional. In color and fabric, it is best to go with natural coloring and add dominant and bright colors for accenting. They are at their best in matte surface and traditional prints.
John Galliano, Fall 2008, first look
The feminine person is romantic and captivating. The look they convey is relaxed gentle, and caring. They appreciate the fine things in life, like soft and luxurious clothing. They like taking life easy and don’t like to be hurried. In business attire the feminine woman will find it difficult to convey the look of authority because of her soft nature. The feminine style in shoes is medium to high.
|Tadashi Shoji's Fall 2010|
Dramatic people like to be noticed and to be the center of attention. They give the air of authority and convey confidence in their unique look. They like to be in control in any situation. Their clothes reflect their personality the look of strength and authority in style and color. They like to be around people with energy and excitements. Their heels are medium to high, but never conservative.
|Christian Siriano, Fall 2009|
The natural personalities are very friendly, modest and always look at the brighter side. They generally don’t care about the way they look; comfort is their issue, if you give them a choice, they would rather live in their T-shirt and jeans. The total image they give is comfortable, relaxed, and not restricted. They love being outdoors; they are athletes, and never stand still.
|Summer 2010, Designer: Not sure|
Creative people are so unique you can’t copy the way they dress even if you tried. They are artistic and very creative; they can actually pull together a complete distinct look by mixing different styles or colors and actually succeed.
|Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Fall 2010|
|Dennis Basso, Fall 2010|
Sexy women’s styles are glamorous seductive and feminine. Sexy people could be very curvy or slender in body form, the look gives one message and the message is exiting and compelling to men. This dress form is sexy and provocative.
|Alberta Ferretti, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, and Chanel, Spring 2009|
Granted, we do not and cannot live in the fashion world where it's OK to walk around in see-through dresses and weirdly mixed dresses, but how we choose to portray ourselves to the world is present everywhere. The question is-- which style do you have? A better question is: Which style do you want to have?
Recently, a Chinese friend asked me once if I can teach him how to have style. The conversation went along the lines of:
Me: What kind of style are you?
Him: I don't know. Just tell me how to dress and what to wear.
Me: OK...then, what kind of style do you want to have?
Him: Hmm, I've never thought about it. Should I?
The key to personal fashion, I've realized is that one should dress according to one's personality. In other words, the clothing must suit you. Since clothing can define a person, then either make sure that the clothes portray the personality that defines you or tailor your personality to the clothing style that you want to wear. I guess my latter statement will generate some indignation from fellow readers. After all, why should one change one's personality just to wear certain kinds of clothes?
Let me give you a personal example. A few years ago, when I assessed my personal style, I came to the conclusion that I was someone of dramatic style. After all, I am a confident person and one who can easily garner center of attention. When I shop for jewelry, I love things that are big and bold colored.
|Big & Bold Jewelry style, Fall 2008|
As they say, beauty is only skin deep, so true beauty must comes from within. So over the years, I have worked to perfect my inner beauty so to speak. From the way I carry myself and speak, I try to be a graceful woman. Actually, sometimes I pretend that I am a princess. :) Gradually, my style has changed, from bright colored clothing and dramatic jewelry to a more toned down and simple style. However, it would be stupid to get rid of all this dramatic flair, after all, I have no intentions of changing my identity, only a little bit of how I wish the world to see me. If I can describe my personal style to you-- I'd say that I am a mix of classic and elegance, with a twist or flair.
In conclusion, a personal style can tell others what kind of person you are, but more importantly, it pushes you to work hard to become the person you admire and respect.