In my style system, there are seven main types and 56 two-way or three-way type blends. Some of you have written me to ask what it signifies that I call a woman, for example, Natural-Classic-Gamine and not Gamine-Natural-Classic or CLassic-Natural-Gamine. What does the order of the words mean?
When I named each of the blended types, I wanted to come up with a consistent set of rules for word order -- in other words, either a woman with Ethereal and Romantic would be an Ethereal Romantic or a Romantic Ethereal, consistently.
I did consider, but eventually reject, the idea of switching the word orders around based on the relative amounts of each essence in an individual woman. (In other words, calling a woman Romantic Ethereal if she's predominantly Romantic, and Ethereal Romantic if she's predominantly Ethereal.) I realize that many of you use this system among yourselves, and I'm all for that use! But it doesn't work when I'm writing about the types theoretically, without regard to a particular woman. I need something more consistent.
I also considered but discarded the idea of beginning each combination with feminine type words first. "Ingenue Natural," for example, didn't sound as good to me as "Natural Ingenue."
The fact that "Ingenue Natural" sounded weird to me, but "Natural Ingenue" did not, led me to consider the "adjectivity" or "noun-ness" of each word -- in other words, whether the word makes more sense used as an adjective or as a noun. This quality, in the end, is what drove my decision.
I basically decided which of the seven words (Natural, Ethereal, etc.) worked best as an adjective, and which worked least well, and made rules for the word order based on that decision. For example, "Romantic" is easily understood as an adjective, so I made the rule that, in any combination type that features the word "Romantic," that word would appear first. The remaining six words always appear in this order:
Ethereal Dramatic Natural Classic Gamine Ingenue
The order reflects my subjective judgment about whether each word works better as an adjective or a noun.
As I use it, the word order doesn't imply anything about the balance of essences for any person. For example, some Romantic Gamines might be 70 Romantic and 30 Gamine, while other RGs might have the reverse balance.
As I mentioned above, if you prefer to refer to yourselves by listing your essences in order from greatest to least, I think that's awesome. I just thought it would be useful to you to understand why I put my essence words in a particular order.
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12/3/2018 12:11:08 pm
That's really interesting. It definitely reads better when you have the adjective first.
12/3/2018 06:06:52 pm
Your logic makes sense, but I believe Romantic is misplaced on your list.
12/3/2018 09:22:24 pm
Not Rachel but this is interesting! I do like the logical progression of your list.
12/4/2018 01:13:09 pm
I appreciate you clarifying this! I have wondered whether there is any significance to the order, good to know. :)
12/6/2018 06:14:07 am
I think it's interesting that you considered listing the dominant essence first or that some people prefer to do it that way, because I always read it the exact opposite.
12/6/2018 09:12:48 am
I have pondered this often.
12/6/2018 04:58:48 pm
I agree with you, Jonna! I’m extremely youthful looking and many of my favorite looks from my Style ID board are the predominantly Gamine ones. Honestly I’m prob the worst person to try and answer your question... I’m confident I’m RNG (written in no specific order) but I’ve always wondered if I have a dash of Ingenue. So I’m either Romantic Natural with G or with IG- but I’m in the same boat of trying to differentiate between the 2 youth essences.
12/6/2018 05:07:29 pm
Also, Rachel doesn’t have Word Clouds for the types but she does have Word Inspirations for Gamine (https://www.truth-is-beauty.com/blog/gamine-word-inspiration) and Ingenue (https://www.truth-is-beauty.com/blog/ingenue-word-inspiration)!
12/6/2018 05:34:16 pm
Totally agree about how the amount of "ingredients" matters in determining the final look!
12/7/2018 01:00:48 am
I've noticed that I get some strange 'outliers' for the style ID calculator, even as I have learned to see myself more objectively. Those outliers led me to other style IDs that felt more comfortable to me, because I was having a hard time parsing what I was seeing in myself.
12/8/2018 11:29:11 pm
W., that's interesting--now that you say it, I agree that often the boards we choose that don't contain our essences can hint about those we do have.
12/6/2018 05:56:04 pm
When I think about the difference between the youthful styles of Gamine and Ingenue the first thing that comes to mind...is that Ingenue is a feminine essence, while Gamine is masculine. That really makes a difference in my perception.
12/9/2018 05:47:11 pm
I agree with what W. has said.
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