Last week I posted some suggestions for dressing casually when your style identity seems rather formal.
A Romantic Natural reader asks, "What about more casual style identities that need formal solutions?" She needs to manifest her style identity, which is inherently somewhat laid-back, in a more formal work environment. A lot of us find ourselves i a similar situation.
Let's start by assuming that we need to wear a suit or a suit equivalent. We can do this while still bringing in a lot of R and N. To do this, we'll choose a few options from the first list below, and a few from the second.
To add R elements to your basic office suit look:
- choose skirt suits that you buy as a set
- ...or if you go with a pants suit, make sure the slacks are fitted, tapered, and ankle-revealing
- try a lacy camisole under your blazer
- choose a blazer that emphasizes your waist and shows your wrists
- add chandelier earrings or an ornate necklace
- choose sexier shoes, with a tapering heel and perhaps a peep toe
- create an hourglass silhouette
- overall, go for items with feminine details, such as ruffles, lace, rounded edges, and gathers
To add N elements to your basic office suit look:
- create your "suit" look with separates
- choose straight-leg slacks
- choose a blazer that's straight through the waist, not fitted, and longer (hitting at the hips or upper thighs)
- accessorize minimally, with a simple, larger necklace or a simple pair of distinctive, larger earrings
- choose comfortable, simple shoes with a stacked or lower heel
- go for a loose, easy fit
- overall, choose items that have a more masculine appearance, with straight lines and very little detail
If you only do the first list, you'll be completely Romantic; if you only do the second list, you'll be completely Natural. So to read as Romantic Natural, combine a few elements from each.
(It's important to note: for this combo identity, and for every combo identity, your effect is not created by averaging the two identities or finding some middle ground. Your effect is instead created by combining elements of each of the core identities.)
2/25/2016 11:45:48 pm
Thank you for answering my question, Rachel!! Excellent point that I should try to mix and match from both Romantic and Natural styles for the best look. : )
3/6/2016 02:41:33 pm
This post helps to answer some questions I've had floating around in my head, recently! My style identity is mostly casual, Natural Classic Gamine, and everything on your perfectly curated Pinterest board is very casual, so I've been wondering about what I would wear to a more formal event like a wedding, say, where in the past I think I have a tendency to look a bit too done up. I guess I'd have to lean towards the Classic part of my identity (the part I consider most boring, sorry!), but that's had me looking over done as aforementioned. I'm still trying to figure out fancy. ;)
7/18/2018 06:56:32 pm
I am probably a bit slow, but can you clarify what you mean exactly by averaging essences vs combining individual elements from each essence?
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