I'm so excited to finally offer a tool that provides visual examples of how to wear your Style Identity!
The Style Identity Calculator helped you figure out your Style Identity.
But it can be difficult to know how to translate that Style ID into an ensemble each morning.
The new Visual Style Guides help solve that problem.
Each guide shows three different women dressed as your Style Identity. Annotations explain each element of the ensemble.
The guide is a one-page PDF, so you can print it and hang it in your dressing area, and also pull it up on your phone when you're shopping.
You deserve this!
(A thoughtful and affordable holiday gift idea: Analyze your loved ones with the Style Identity Calculator, and then surprise them with a Visual Style Guide.)
Let me back up a bit before I proceed: I believe every one of us is beautiful in exactly one of the 12 palettes of color identified by Kathryn Kalisz. I mostly believe this because I haven't yet failed to match a real-life person to a palette.
So, two big assumptions underlie this whole site: there is one right answer, and the right answer is knowable.
I also believe that experienced people with great eyes for color can pick the wrong answer sometimes. The analyst can get it wrong.
Things that might cause an analyst to make a mistake:
- Poor lighting.
- Dyed hair that isn't covered.
- Spray tans.
- Other colors in the room.
- The analyst's biases and assumptions.
- Your wishes and expectations., which the analyst senses.
So you've been analyzed, and perhaps now you're thinking the analyst got it wrong.
Reasons you might be thinking your season was diagnosed incorrectly:
1. It actually was diagnosed incorrectly.
That's the obvious reason, and it may be correct.
2. It's not the season you were hoping for.
3. You dislike closure.
4. The initial high from the analysis has worn off, and you think the absence of that feeling means your season is wrong.
5. You thought that when you found your correct season you'd finally feel right. You still don't feel right, so you assume your season must be wrong.
This last point, this is what I really want to write about. This is what I think often happens but is never discussed.
Perhaps this is your situation: Something feels wrong. Something's missing. You've felt that way for a long time.
And you've decided that when you know your correct season, you won't feel that way anymore.
Now you've been analyzed and told a season.
But you still feel wrong.
I want to suggest to you, as gently as I can, this:
Even if you're feeling this way, your analyst may be right about your coloring.
It may be that the feeling of wrongness is something that knowing your season can't erase.
Not to say that the analyst is always right. That's just impossible. Sometimes the analyst is wrong. That bears repeating.
What I'm saying instead is, don't assume that knowing your correct season will finally give you inner peace. It may not. (If only it did!)
And the lack of a feeling of peace is not conclusive evidence that the analyst got it wrong.
Sometimes, "trust your gut" is a great rule to follow. And sometimes it's not.