Style Personality Series
Happy day, friend!
Welcome to the fourth installment in this style personality series! If you missed the first three installments, you can read the Introduction and about Classic Style, Relaxed Style and Dramatic Style by clicking the links. Think of each of the (Arche)Types presented as an extreme, or caricature. It’s important to remember that NO ONE is only one personality style! Every woman (and man) is a unique combinations of personality characteristics, likes, dislikes, and preferences, and will interpret differently. You may love the colors of one style, the fabrics of a second, and the lines and accessories of a third. Combining the elements makes your style uniquely you!
As always, please feel free to Pin what you love and share with your friends on social media. I love to meet new people! And your introduction to others is good for me and for the blog.
When it comes to style, personality trumps all. That’s because style is your personality and preferences expressed through what you wear on your body. Everyone has a personality, so EVERYONE has a style, even if they aren’t aware of what it is! Or haven’t taken the time to discover who they are… Today’s personality style is all about exploration and creativity.
The Creative woman is often mistaken for the Dramatic. The difference is in the intention! Ms/Miss/Mr (She may change titles at whim.) Creative wears what she wants and how she wants. Often in ways you never would imagine. Why not turn your cardigan upside down and wear it as trousers? She’s not in it to shock, but because she wants to express herself and play with something new. Creative may be colorful one day, and monochromatic the next. You never know what she will wear; it may not even be clothing! (To confuse the matter, some Creatives are Dramatic, and some Dramatics are Creative!) If we are thinking about adjectives, Ms. Creative is quirky or exploratory rather than Ms. Dramatic’s fierce.
Let’s start with colors. (For Ms. Creative, the structure we’ve been using will begin to falter!) Ms. Creative will choose whatever color catches her eye, usually combined in combinations you would never expect: orange and purple? Why not? All the colors at once? Possibly. No color at all? That, too. You can never guess what she will choose for the day. Patterns and prints will often reflect artistic themes: line drawings, abstract prints, art prints, type or color charts, geometric shape studies, and hand painted or dyed textiles. Ms. Creative also has a variable comfort meter: she may be willing to be incredibly uncomfortable for her art (if that’s how she sees her outfit for the day), or comfort and ease of movement may be paramount for her to create.
Ms. Creative often makes (or adapts) her own clothes. She is often a thrift or op-shopper. She has more important things to spend her money on, and besides, Ms. Creative does NOT want to be seen in the same things everyone else is wearing. (Pulling together her outfits from standard retail sources is a challenge!) Upcycle and DIY are her watchwords. Texture, color, structure, architecture. Any of these may be the reason Ms. Creative chooses to buy a piece.
Ms. Creative is most often a Mood Dresser, choosing her pieces and ensemble by the day. (The thought of choosing an outfit the night before is ridiculous!) She may dress for artistic effect, or simply to please herself. Ms. Creative may look sleek and architectural one day, hippie fairy the next, and like a bag lady the day after. She may even change the way the pieces are worn during the day if the whim takes her. The pullover sweater she put on in the morning may be yanked down to the waist to be a skirt in the afternoon. Nothing is as it seems, and any combination is possible. As long as it’s within her aesthetic! Expect the unexpected.
Like her mood and sartorial choices, Ms. Creative’s grooming will also be a surprise. Artificial hair and makeup colors are no stranger, nor is a bare face. I know a Creative who does amazing things with makeup! Her face is her canvas and makeup her palette. I’m sure that to some, her clothing looks like a rainbow train wreck, but it’s perfect for her. I’d hate to see her try and look like Ms. Relaxed or Classic. It would be like turning off the sun!
How about you? Do you have any Creative in you? Or does the whole vibe stress you out? More subdued or relaxed Creatives are often surprised at the attention and/or comments their ensembles can draw. They just wore what they wanted. Doesn’t everyone? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below… I do love to hear from you!
Liz, I dress to please myself! Always have! I tend to not notice what other women are wearing. It’s a bad habit of mine! I now try to notice so I can give compliments. Just not me!
Everyone should be dressing to please themselves! What others wear, I’ve always noticed, but that’s my quirk. Mostly because (even when I didn’t understand yet) what we wear reveals a great deal about us, and can cue others how to communicate effectively!
Leslie Susan Clingan
I really like all of the quirky, colorful, creative pieces you’ve shared. And I would like to be that woman who can wear them fearlessly. But I am not a very clever dresser. I think I am more creative in other areas of my life. Would like to find a way to inspire more creativity in my clothing, though. Just don’t know exactly what my style is. Whatever it is, though, I would certainly wear all three pairs of those great shoes you shared!
Thank you for the visit, Leslie! I expect you do have a strong Creative streak! It may just not be your strongest personality style. You (like everyone!) will be a combination of style personalities; the key is to respect all of them and include the most important pieces when you dress. Rather than creative combinations, you may be drawn to creative pieces. Some people take “ordinary” pieces, and wear them in creative ways and combinations. It’s about being comfortable in your skin and confident in your style! About those shoes… They are all Fluvogs. They make absolutely gorgeous and unusual shoes! I covet so many pair… Sigh.