There is no one route to style. You cannot become instantly stylish just from understanding your body shape (sorry Trinny and Susannah, it’s just not that simple). There is, what I call, the Style Puzzle, a group of elements when they all go together define your personal style.
These puzzle pieces are just the start too. You can delve into them and branch out to discover more and more!
First of all consider – What is Style?
To me, the personality element is the most important, it is all about being our authentic selves. Our uniqueness is to be enjoyed and displayed. We need to express who we are through everything we wear. It will tell us whether we want to stick to or break our “rules”.
2. Defining Features and Face Shape
These relate to the harmony we display based on our facial appearance. It’s something I go into much more fully in my 7 Steps to Style system. When we relate the shapes of the details in our clothing and accessories to our facial features, we create a harmony and resonance that is particularly pleasing.
3. Body Shapes
4. Body Proportions
To me, proportions are more valuable than body shape. Proportions are all about balance (which is something we find most aesthetically appealing). Proportions tell you where to end hems, lengths of skirts, jackets, tops, sleeves and jewellery . They also tell you more about where to add detail and where to keep clean and have minimal attention drawn to areas of your body.
Body Proportions Explained – Large Bust
Scale tells you how large or small your accessories and clothing elements need to be to create a harmony and balance.
There are so many different sorts of fabric textures. Thick, chunky, fine, furry, smooth, soft, buttery, just to name a few. The textures you choose will be influenced by your personality and your body shape, but also by your appearance.
Another fabric element that reflects your personality as well as your natural appearance.
Somatype is the Greek word for Body Type. It relates to how your flesh is arranged over your bones. Are you hard and muscly, bony or soft and cushioned? Your Somatype will tell you which will be the most flattering and comfortable fabrics, both weight and drape to choose.
It’s not in the picture of the puzzle, but to me is an integral part of choosing a flattering garment for you. Colours either harmonize with your natural colouring, or they create a dissonance, which can be unpleasant, or even make you appear sickly.
These posts I’ve linked to here are just some of the many I’ve written on these various topics over the years. But as you can see, discovering what suits the uniqueness of you – comes down to way more than just understanding your body shape!
What have you found to be the most relevant information to finding your style?
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