Yin and Yang can be used to create harmony with who you are. Personality is such a huge factor in the clothes we choose, what we like and dislike. It’s important to work with your natural personality to appear authentic.
For instance, here is Madonna in a Yin and and Yang outfit:
Which is appears more authentic on her? From everything I’ve ever seen of her, interviews and the like, it’s the Yang that sits more comfortably on her skin. The Yin (Prada) rose dress and matching shoes seems at odds with what I understand of her personality. She wanted to look much more Yin (approachable) when she wore the dress (for the launch of her English Roses children’s book), but it feels false and too try hard.
With a more naturally Yang personality (Dramatic, Rebellious), Madonna suits a more Yang appearance. Though sometimes she likes to balance her natural yang with some yin elements such as these pictures above.
The personality styles that are more Yang are:
The personality styles that are more Yin are:
Elegant Chic is a combination of both Yin and Yang. It works with the Yin elements of:
- lighter colours
- lower contrast
- soft more fluid fabrics
It works with the Yang elements of:
- Straight, vertical lines
- Structured garments
- Geometric patterns
Understanding how Yin and Yang elements communicate can help you express your personality through your clothing and accessories. You can use yang elements to give yourself the appearance of strength, assertiveness or boldness. You can use yin elements to create an appearance of approachability, warmth and softness.
Remember it’s easy to balance your personality, if you find that people find you rather intense or a bit cold, add some yin elements to your outfit. If you are seen as a pushover, if people find you a little to easy to walk-over, it’s time to add some yang elements to what you wear.
It’s so easy to play with these concepts to change your outfit a little at a time to find the right balance for you and what you want to communicate.
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