- Are you annoyed by tags on your clothing? Do you end up removing them?
- Do you hate wearing wool as it’s scratchy?
- Do you like to feel like your clothes are not constricting you and that you can move freely in them?
- Can you not think if your shoes aren’t comfortable?
- Do you hate stiff fabrics?
If you answered yes to most of these questions you are kinaesthetic in a way that relates to the Relaxed/Natural/Casual personal style category.
- Do you love to feel soft fabrics like velvet or cashmere?
- Do you love buttery soft leather?
- Do you like the way silk feels on your skin?
- Do you pat every fur (faux or not) that you pass by?
If you answered yes to these questions you are also kinasetheitc, but in a way that relates to the Feminine/Romantic personal style category.
Both types of kinaesthetic people have a high sensory value and need their clothes to feel good and comfortable on their skin.
The relaxed/natural people will be more inclined to wear comfortable stretchy or loose and baggy clothing (and often past their used-by-date). The feminine/romantic will choose fabrics that have a sensually appealing touch.
When my son was 2 I knitted him a jumper (sweater for you Americans) and he refused to wear it as it was “too scratchy”. I bought him some jeans and he refused to wear them as they weren’t “Soft pants, only wear soft pants” and to this day he refuses to wear jeans. I realised when he was very young that he’s very kinaesthetic and comfort is a really important factor in his clothing choices.
Now, for all you sensory people you assume that everyone else is the same, but in fact those people that wear all those clothes and shoes that you look at and think “uncomfortable” they are not kinaesthetic and so they don’t have the same drive for comfort in their clothing and accessories.
What is important if you are kinaesthetic is that you make sure you feel clothes before you try on, if you don’t like how the fabric feels, avoid it. When you try it on, if it binds or constricts or isn’t comfortable, you’ll never wear it, so again don’t waste your money. For you, how it feels is just as important as how it looks (and sometimes even more important).
But if you are very sensory, be aware that you may keep your clothes longer than they should “because they’re comfortable”. Remember that clothes go out of fashion and also get worn out make you look dated or worn out, which doesn’t communicate a positive message.