If you've used the Style Identity Calculator, you may have seen that your percent totals don't necessarily sum to 100. Sometimes they sum to 90 or 95.
A reader wrote me about this recently. What's going on here? Where's that missing ten percent?
Well, you may have noticed that the essences for which you weren't given a value say "negligible" instead of "0."
I created the calculator like this because it's possible that you may have a teeny tiny amount of one or more of those negligible essences, but anything less than 10% really isn't worth bothering with; it has no discernible impact on your look. I didn't want to provide that information, because I felt like it might inaccurately imply to women that the 10% is meaningful.
But maybe, like the reader who recently wrote me, you're curious about that missing 10%. I might be, if I were you! :-)
If you have a missing 10%, and you want to know what it is -- just for the sake of satisfying your curiosity -- here's what I recommend:
Use the key at the end of the calculator to list out the Style IDs of every board you gave yourself points for.
Manually count how many times each of the seven essences appears in the name of a board you chose.
Whichever essence appears the most frequently after the essences identified in your total is likely responsible for any missing 10%.
You can of course ignore it altogether, and perhaps you should.
But you can also use the missing essence as a "filler" to complete any small part of an ensemble that's missing.
For example, I have 10% Classic, and I almost always ignore it. But I can also use it to justify, for example, a little Classic pin, or a bit of Classic trim, if that element can't be avoided in an ensemble that otherwise works for me.
You can also use a missing 10% as an enhancer to one of your existing essences. So, for example, if you find out you have a teeny weeny smidge of Gamine, you can add Gamine's youthfulness to a 30% Ingenue to make it "extra childlike," or add Gamine's tailoring to a 40% Classic to make it "extra tailored."