Thursday, October 14, 2010

True Self Style

So you have reacquainted yourself with your true self.  You took the time to learn about your horoscope and numerology charts and maybe even took personality tests like Myers Briggs and DiSC. You have practiced putting your Ego in check and made a valid effort to not take other peoples' criticism personally.  Now you can take this to the next level by learning about your true self style.  You may remember High School; there were the Goths, the Skaters, the Jocks, the Nerds, the Hippies, etc.  They were cliques of individuals who expressed themselves through specific clothes, hair styles, and music.  It was clear and in your face, “I am Goth”.  High School is the first time many of us first started self discovery, and that included our personal style.  We used fashion as a way to express our selves and communicate to the world who we were or what we believed in (at the time).  We identified what we liked and disliked, or what we should like or dislike, by the group we wanted to be or were apart of.  Although our style has evolved, our sense of "dressing the part" first developed and we took it with us into adulthood.  You don’t have to be a fashion diva to have a sense of style.  Even those who claim to have no interest in fashion or a sense of style still have a style that others can identify as theirs and friends and family can identify as “so you”.  By becoming conscious of your sense of style, color preferences, likes and dislikes will make it easier for you to make choices. From your wardrobe, decorating your home and planning your wedding, to buying a car or selecting a hair cut, you’ll make choices easily and painlessly, without being overwhelmed by all of the choices.

Once you find your true self; love it, respect it and appreciate it!  Whether you are selecting clothes, hairstyles, cosmetics, or home decor, make these selections based on your True Self.  Now of course the features you were born with such as your body type, face shape, and hair type will play a part in what shapes will be most flattering.  However, style is a totally different factor.  Style is personal and should be a reflection of your True Self. Therefore, when you are in tune with your true self you can make selections quickly and effortlessly, to get maximum results with minimum effort


Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O have been sited many times as the timeless fashion icons.  Decades after their passing, people are still influenced by their sense of style.  Why is that?  Both had styles that were seemingly simple, especially when compared to some more extravagant celebrities. Capri leggings and ballet flats for Audrey, trench coat and big sunglasses for Jackie; nothing complicated about that.  The trick to their lasting appeal is that both women were true to their personal style.  They also kept it simple.  They stuck with simple classic pieces that worked with they’re personal sense of style and complimented their body type.   Their confidence in their true selves were expressed in their clothes.  They did not chase fads and trends, or try to look like someone else. But instead set trends through their quiet confidence and determination to remain true to self, and in turn they inspired the world.  

Imagine how easy it will be for you to get dressed every morning when you have a closet filled with simple classics that look fantastic on you, that can easily be mixed and matched, and accessorized for a little punch.   
This is not to say you are to become Audrey Hepburn. It means you are to begin dressing like your true self. You might love exotic prints and bright colors. Then that is what you should wear. However, well fitting and tailored clothes are a must. No matter your size or shape, the clothes must compliment your figure. Everyone has features they love, and those they want to hide. Choose clothing that highlights your best and minimize those areas you want to.  Figure out which of the four body type you are: banana, pear, apple or hourglass. The Internet and bookstores are filled with references and suggestions on how to dress for your body type. Do the research and you will find shopping so much easier. For example, empire waist has been popular in fashion for the past few years. This is when the cut of the garment has a seam under the breasts and flares out on the bottom. However, no matter how trendy the style, my hour glass shape looked pregnant or shapeless in umpire wasted tops.  The cut completely hid my best feature (small waist) and accentuated my fuller hips, thus making my entire torso appear the width of my hips. Body hugging tops or wrap dresses look the best on me. Pair the knowledge of your body type with your personal style, and you will be able to build a wardrobe that makes you look and feel your best.  Boho style was popular suddenly everyone was a hippie rocker from the 60’s, with head band to boot.  It is fine to wear a trend, but limit it to one or two pieces only.  It can be fun to be a little trendy. But if you transform yourself into Janis Joplin, you’ll look like you’re wearing a Halloween costume and will most definitely not look or feel like your true self. 

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