Style Personality and What It Means for Your Wardrobe

Lots of women are attracted by the idea of a capsule wardrobe and certainly as we become increasingly aware of the social and environmental cost of throw-away fashion, having masses of clothes we hardly wear is starting to feel a bit self-indulgent; irresponsible even.

My own view is that we should shop with care and try to ensure that we wear everything in our wardrobe so that nothing is wasted.

To achieve this, it’s important not only to understand what styles flatter our shape, scale and proportions but also our style personality. This ensures that we feel truly comfortable, confident and authentic in our clothes.

Style personality is also a good indicator as to whether having a limited capsule wardrobe will work for you.  Most people fit into one or more of the following style personality types:

The Creative

Very few true Creatives will consult a personal stylist because they love to look different from everyone else and certainly don’t want to be told what to wear. They will scour vintage and charity shops, flea markets and dress agencies to find unusual pieces that they can wear in creative ways. They revel in clashing prints and colours and are confident in their non-conformist style.

Creative types: Helena Bonham Carter, Sue Pollard, Carrie from Sex and the City

What this means for your wardrobe

Unless you work in the creative industry, you may have to temper your more outrageous outfits for work but you should always ensure you include a quirky element to whatever you wear.

You are probably not interested in curating a capsule wardrobe because you crave variety and like to have lots of options so that you can dress as the mood takes you on any given day. At least buying from vintage and charity shops keeps the cost of your clothes habit down and is also kinder to the environment.

The Classic

Classics like to look smart and coordinated. They favour quality over variety and when they find a style they like, will often buy it in multiple colours.  Classics can struggle to feel good in very casual clothes and are most at home in a working environment with a formal dress code. Outside of work, they may wear jeans (who doesn’t?) but they will generally be dark wash with no rips or distressing and the true classic would certainly draw the line at wearing a hoodie!

Classic types: Nicola Sturgeon, Kate Middleton, Miranda (Sex and the City)

What this means for your wardrobe

You will always be happiest in quality pieces in neutral colours that don’t date. Consider adding some colourful tops in new season colours to keep your wardrobe looking current.  Rather than sticking with a black or navy handbag, why not buy one in a vibrant colour that will add a pop of colour and interest to your neutral outfits?  As a classic, you will love the idea of a capsule wardrobe but may find it difficult to get your head around styling the same outfit in multiple ways to be able to create a truly flexible wardrobe.

The Natural

Above all else, naturals like to be comfortable. They love easy wash-and-wear garments that don’t need ironing. A dry-clean only label or starchy fabric will put them off buying an outfit however good it looks. They are practical types who don’t like to feel constrained so they favour relaxed fitting clothes, flat shoes and satchels/backpacks they can sling everything they want in and that leave their hands free. Being fashionable is not a priority and they don’t want to spend a lot of time and money on their appearance. Naturals find dressing for formal/corporate occasions a challenge.

Natural types: Jennifer Anniston, Twiggy, Julia Roberts

What this means for your wardrobe

You probably live in jeans so it’s worth spending time finding a style that fits well and flatters your shape. This may mean spending a bit more but when looked at on a cost per wear basis (Cost divided by number of times worn) it is a sound investment. For more formal occasions switch out the jeans for trousers and if you need to smarten things up further, try a blazer in a relaxed shape in a soft jersey fabric. Make sure your tops flatter your colouring and body shape.

A capsule wardrobe can work very well for Naturals because it takes the hassle out of getting dressed and keeps things nice and simple.

The Romantic

Romantics like to look pretty and feminine. They enjoy the whole process of getting ready to go out and love floral prints, lace, bows and frills. Their underwear and sportswear is pretty and matching. Even their business wear will have some distinctly feminine touches. When it comes to jewellery, they tend to like fine, delicate styles.

Romantic types: Jane Seymour,  Nicole Kidman,  Charlotte from Sex and the City

What this means for your wardrobe

You enjoy wearing dresses and skirts and have probably loved this Summer’s floaty styles and fabrics. You might find you enjoy wearing jeans and trousers more if you team them with heels and silky blouses for a more feminine look.

Choose luxury fabrics such as cashmere, silk and satin and make sure every outfit has at least one feminine element – for example,  a lovely piece of jewellery, floral scarf, bows on your shoes etc.

Romantics can be attracted to the idea of a a capsule wardrobe but may struggle to curb their desire for every pretty thing they see!

The City Chic

The city chic follows trends rather than fashions. Her look is one of understated elegance.  She shies away from bold colour combinations and anything “frou-frou”, favouring  simple styles in neutral or tone-on-tone colours.

City Chic types – Duchess of Sussex, Ines de la Fressange, Amal Clooney

What this means for your wardrobe

Because your look is fairly pared back, you need to make sure you wear styles that are absolutely right for your shape, scale and proportions. Also, ensure you choose the most flattering neutral colours for your hair, eye and skin tones. Black can look very chic on some women but navy or charcoal are more flattering on most.

City chics are very comfortable with the concept of a capsule wardrobe. They don’t feel the need to wear the very latest fashions but updating your accessories on a regular basis will keep your wardrobe looking current.

The Dramatic

Dramatics are glamorous and like be noticed. Their wardrobe will be overflowing with the latest fashions in bold colours and prints. They’re not too concerned about practicality or comfort so long as they look good.  Life is their catwalk.

Dramatic types: Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Samantha from Sex and the City

What this means for your wardrobe

Your wardrobe will hold lots of variety but you may well find that you have difficulty putting outfits together as you tend to be a bit of an impulse shopper. Make sure that you buy only those key season styles and colours that are your most flattering and that your clothes are appropriate to the occasion/environment.  You tend to tire of clothes easily so be sure to have a regular “cull” so that you can see the wood for the trees. Donate clothes you no longer wear to charity or resell online or via a dress agency.

Dramatics will struggle to develop a capsule wardrobe because they love to shop and like to have maximum choice!

What next?

Did you recognise yourself in one or more of these descriptions? If you’d like to find out how to dress to reflect your style personality and flatter your shape, scale and proportions, a style consultation is the way forward.

If you’d like to find out more about developing a capsule wardrobe of clothes that you’ll enjoy wearing, I’d love you to join me for my Capsule Wardrobe Workshop on 23rd October.