08.09.17

How To Find Your Style Personality And Dress Like Yourself

Nikita Oliver Metcalfe

Your style is an evolution and will change over time depending on various factors relating to your lifestyle.

However, being clear on who you want to present to the world is something that is unlikely to be drastically different no matter what stage of life you’re in. And more importantly, if you can confidently describe your style you’re sure to make purchases that are 100% you and reflect your style perfectly.

There are seven universally common style personalities with easily identifiable names, all you need to do is discover which ones you relate to most.

Because of course, we’re all unique it’s likely you won’t fit exactly into one of the style personalities, but they’re a great starting point to help you develop a clear image and description of your style. Take inspiration from and combine the traits that resonate with you from each of the personalities.

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Before you take the quiz, think how you would describe your style and what is important to you when it comes to getting dressed. Write down a few key descriptive words and a summary of how you want to present yourself to the world, drawing on your personality traits and goals for inspiration.

Which of these match your style description closest or do you identify with the most:

A – Casual, Comfortable, Simple, Approachable, Easy

B – Timeless, Professional, Refined, Polished, Sophisticated

C – Eclectic, Spirited, Unconventional, Whimsical, Unique

D – Bold, Striking, Strong, Confident, Attention Grabbing

E – Gentle, Soft, Pretty, Sensitive, Girly

F – Magnetic, Emotive, Figure Hugging, Attractive, Flaunting

G – Trendy, Tonal, Basics with Bold Accessories, Contemporary

Which description/s do you relate to the most:

A – I like to be casual, and down to earth, I love the comfort and easy to care for clothes.

B – I am organised and practical and prefer to fill my wardrobe with versatile investment pieces.

C – I am spirited, and self-expressed, and originality is key.

D – I am bold and like to stand out in a crowd and wear striking clothes that make a statement.

E – I am sensitive, gentle and supportive and love feminine details such as lace, gathers, and frills.

F – I am magnetic and like attention, and I use clothing to highlight my amazing body.

G – I am cultured and poised and compliment my lifestyle with polished, fashion-forward clothing

Which outfit combinations would you wear? (Base your selections on the feel of the outfit, and if it is similar to a style or looks you would wear or currently have in your wardrobe.)

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Your Personal Style

Refer to the style descriptions below where you scored highest. These will give you a starting point to better understand your personal style. Combine the aspects that resonate with you most to form your individual personal style description.

A – Natural / Relaxed

Feeling comfortable in your clothes is most important to you, and your easygoing nature tends towards more casual outfits. Simple lines and designs are your preferred choices over anything too detailed or fussy. In keeping with this carefree attitude, you tend to buy only easy, wash and wear garments. You prefer fabrics such as denim, cotton jersey, and lightweight knits. Your jewelry choices reflect your minimal look, and you tend to wear basic and durable accessories with footwear also focused on comfort.

B – Classic / Traditional

You are drawn to refined clothing and understated accessories, preferring to invest in quality fabrics and timeless styles rather than jumping on trends. You have a rather formal wardrobe and always look polished and put together. Matching and co-ordinated looks are your preference over those that incorporate bold colours and prints. Your jewelry and accessory choices are not overbearing and are complimentary to your outfits without being the focal point.

C – Artistic / Creative

Your way of dressing is innovative and individualistic, and you aren’t overly influenced by current trends or traditional rules. You use your clothing choices to reflect your personality and put together unique and interesting outfits with items purchased from varied sources. Different colours, textures, and prints fill your wardrobe, and your jewelry collection is bold while your footwear and accessories are usually statement-making.

D – Dramatic / Edgy

Wearing the latest fashion takes precedence over comfort, and you are willing to give most new trends a go. This means your wardrobe consists of many different styles and one-off pieces ready to make a statement. Your look is striking and well thought out with added details providing the finishing touch to your look whether it be a bold lip colour or eye-catching shoe. You compliment your statement-making looks with jewelry and accessories in shiny metal finishes or bold one of a kind wearable art pieces.

E – Romantic / Feminine

You have a soft appearance and generally prefer flowing silhouettes and muted colours. Your clothing choices are pretty, and you love feminine details such as bows, ruffles, pleats, and lace. Even with simpler styles, you will most likely choose them in pretty colours or with decorative details, and you can never go past a floral print. Your footwear and accessory choices are delicate and minimal with fine necklaces and ballet flats among your staples.

F – Alluring / Sexy

You like to make an entrance and favour bold colours and prints to ensure you stand out from the crowd. You are usually showing off your body in figure-hugging silhouettes and know how to work a plunging neckline and short hems. You prefer to wear heels whenever you can and make the most of accessorising as another way to add intrigue and flirtation to your look. You likely put a lot of time and effort into personal grooming, always providing your friends with the latest beauty tips.

G – Modern / Chic

You put time and effort into the way you look, and you love accessories, sometimes spending more on bags and shoes than anything else in your wardrobe. You’ve likely experimented with most key styles, and while you follow trends, you generally shop with care and won’t buy into a trend that doesn’t compliment your existing wardrobe. You tend to avoid bright colours and go for a tone on tone look. Your jewelry choices reflect this minimal approach, either making a statement with a single accessory or balancing some more subtle pieces.

If you’re feeling creative and want to visualise your individual style, then Pinterest is a great web-based tool to get you inspired and facilitate a virtual scrapbook. Otherwise, you could take a more hands-on approach, cut out of magazines and print images that embody your style to create a real-life scrapbook, collage or pin board. Display it in your bedroom or on the back of your wardrobe door, so you’re always stepping out with your style personality goals in the front of your mind. Have fun with your style and enjoy creating you!

Nikita Oliver Metcalfe

Personal stylist with a focus on ethical and sustainable fashion combined with conscious consumption. Nikita believes in the power of styling to ensure women always feel great in what they wear while building meaningful wardrobes and a greater understanding of the impact of their clothes.