I start with the idea that there are seven basic styles essences.
I continue by accepting that any individual might be one essence alone, or a mix of several essences.
I then suggest that for any person to combine more than two primary style essences into a coherent style identity without the help of a paid image consultant is difficult at best.
This is a problem!
My solution is the Truth is Beauty Style Identity System:
7 pure identities
21 possible two-identity combinations
I believe most people will be able to find themselves either within a pure style identity or within a two-style identity combination.
In upcoming posts I'll detail what I believe are the defining physical traits of each style identity, based on my study of the currently existing style systems.
I'll also provide the style recommendations I've deduced for each style identity.
In the meantime, here is my list of 28 style identities.
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Many of you know the seven essential styles as well as (or better than!) I do.
With the exception of the Angelic style, which was first identified by John Kitchener and on which Ethereal is based, the style types go back decades.
So I would love to get your feedback, hear your ideas, see your Pinboards and Polyvores. Please contact me!
(Also, my decision about word order for each style identity was based simply on what sounded better. Disagree with my choice? Let me know!)
Just as personal color analysis identifies your authentic, most flattering colors, there are systems that aim to identify your authentic, most flattering lines.
Like many of you, I've spent a lot of time studying these systems.
David Kibbe describes five basic essences.
David Kibbe's system, as described in his book Metamorphosis, produces 13 distinct style identities by combining five pre-existing style essences:
I've discussed Kibbe's very helpful system before, so I won't go on about it at length here. If you believe you are some combination of these five essences, Kibbe's extremely detailed book is a must-read for you. No other articulation of these five essences is as specific or as complete.
And Kibbephiles who know their seasons now have an excellent new resource: Christine Scaman and Rachel Nachmias have adapted Kibbe's types into a system called Signature/STYLE, which combines body type with personal coloring. Ds, Rs, Cs, Ns and Gs will find Signature/STYLE incredibly helpful.