How To Cement Your Personal Style, Lesson 1: Examine Style Archetypes

How to Cement Your Personal Style: Examine Style Archetypes

Personal Style, Defined

Personal style is a nebulous concept.  One thing is certain - you know great style when you see it. This is because style transcends clothing – it’s a vibe. Style is the energy of multiple subtle elements that add up to a personal look with feeling.

It takes time, energy and self-realization to cultivate a wardrobe that feels 100% you. But here’s the good news! Without realizing it you’ve already spent years experimenting with trends, admiring stylish people and collecting inspiration. 

The goal of this series is to help you process all that info so you can get down to business and start cultivating your unique look.

LESSON 1: Examine Archetypes

Boho, classic, vintage, preppy, edgy, downtown, romantic, glam, conservative, minimalist, trendy, beach, street, urban, athletic -- the adjectives to describe style are infinite.  Plus, it’s tricky to categorize a your personal style with just one word. A range of styles likely influences your ideal look.

ACTIVITY: Pinspiration

Step 1: Create a STYLE ARCHETYPES board in your Pinterest account (and follow MappCraft on Pinterest while you're at it!)

Step 2: Consider the 8 Style Archetypes Pinterest boards below and think about how each look makes you feel. Does the energy resonate or fall flat? Are there elements you love and others that don’t vibe? 

Step 3: Pin whatever images resonate, don't think too hard about your identity vs. the Archetype or how skinny the model is compared to your body type (DISCLAIMER! Most are impossibly skinny. I tried.), we are reacting to energy, mood, feeling. 

Step 4: Review your Style Archetype board. It is 100% likely you'll pick several looks from several boards, even if the Archetypes seem to conflict. Personal style is a melding of influences. 

1.    EDGY: 

Edgy Essentials 

 

2.     AMERICANA

Americana Essentials

3.     EDITORIAL ECLECTIC

Editorial Eclectic Essentials

4.     CLASSICALLY CHIC

Classically Chic Essentials

5.     FULL ON GLAM

Full On Glam Essentials

6.     ATHLEISURE

Athleisure Essentials

7.     MINIMALIST

Minimalist Essentials

8.     FREE SPIRIT

Free Spirit Essentials

Now that you have a better idea of which Style Archetypes you are attracted to you, identify the particular elements that made you pin the look. Americana stripes? Edgy ripped jeans? Athleisure sneakers? Classically Chic pearls? Editorial Eclectic pops of color? Sculptural Minimalist jewelry? Full On Glam body con skirts? Free Spirt embroidery details

Jot them down. Take mental notes. You will need this information for How to Cement Your Personal Style, Lesson 2: Evaluating Accessories.

xoxo Jenn

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#NYFW Street Style Trend Report | Fall 2017

#NYFW Street Style Trend Report | Fall 2017

The most trend-influential aspect of NYFW is not what the models are wearing on the runway - it's what the fashion people wear to watch. 

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Spring 2017 Street Style Trend Report

MappCraft | Spring 2017 Street Style Trend Report

MappCraft | Spring 2017 Street Style Trend Report

So Hot Back Then

While the fashion folk spent February and early March trying very hard to look chic in sleet, I chronicled their every move #IRL from the comfort of my smart device.

Here's the skinny on real time trend tracking: The looks the fashion girls wore last month to the Fall/Winter 2017 Collections reflect the aesthetic (and weather) of those shows - not necessarily what you will be wearing in April.

The trends you'll see in stores this Spring were actually inspired by the Spring/Summer 2017 shows and what the fashion girls wore to fashion week in September 2016.

While the fashion folk spent February and early March trying very hard to look chic in sleet, I chronicled their every move #IRL from the comfort of my smart device. Image credit | Collagevintage.com

While the fashion folk spent February and early March trying very hard to look chic in sleet, I chronicled their every move #IRL from the comfort of my smart device. Image credit | Collagevintage.com

Spring 2017 Street Style Trend Report

Not to get all political, but unless you live off the grid (lucky), you know we are in the throws of a collective value crisis. It's also playing out in street fashion. Across style archetypes, trends were informed by 3 disparate moods - sporty, sexy or sweet.

SPORTY VIBES

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Athleisure Oversized Sweatshirt Dress

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Athleisure Oversized Sweatshirt Dress

Athleisure: Oversized Sweatshirt Dress

The no nonsense, no frills versions above are just one interpretation of this Athleisure trend. For a more sassy look, try a shorter length with distressed details like the Khloe Distressed Hoodie Sweatshirt Dress  from TOBI.

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Editorial Eclectic Vibrant Track Pants

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Editorial Eclectic Vibrant Track Pants

Editorial Eclectic: Vibrant Track Pants

Coming in at a heavyweight $1980, Gucci first showed its elevated track pant as part of the brand's Resort 2017 Collection. Do your wallet a solid and keep it real in this $60 pair by Adidas

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Minimalist Sorbet Sweatshirt

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Minimalist Sorbet Sweatshirt

Minimalist: Sorbet Sweatshirt

Even when she's feeling sporty in a muted sweatshirt you'll never see the ever-clean, ever-simple Minimalist girl sweat. This Spring, pair a taupe Everlane tunic sweatshirt (you get to pick the price) over a pleated midi skirt for a nod to norm core street style.

Sweet Vibes

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Classically Chic Ribbon Details

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Classically Chic Ribbon Details

Classically Chic: Ribbon Details

The sweet ribbon details popping up on all manner of apparel may (or may not) have evolved as a sartorial response to this innocent (or not so) wardrobe selection by First Lady Melania Trump

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Americana Gingham and Seersucker

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Americana Gingham and Seersucker

Americana: Ruffled Gingham and Seersucker

Making Americana great again? For the 2nd time in two years, Parisian born Joseph Altuzarra sent a bevy of gingham  down his Spring 2017 runway. Italian designer MSGM reworked Southern staple seersucker with all manner of bows and ties. Assert your checks and balances in this $175 black gingham wrap shirt by MLM label.

Sexy Vibes

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Full On Glam Corset

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Full On Glam Corset

Full On Glam Corset

Remember back in January when women all over the planet marched in solidarity for equal rights? Well don't tell that to the Kardashian initiated corset trend. The notorious symbol of female suppression is having yet another fashion moment in Spring 2017. If you're into political subversion tactics, this reclaimed vintage leather open corset belt by ASOS would look really hot over a men's style dress shirt. 

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Free Spirit Strappy Bralette

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Free Spirit Strappy Bralette

Free Spirit Strappy Bralette

I liken the sex appeal of this yoga inspired street wear trend to the sensual lines of dancer's pose rather than, you know, a dancer pole. Layer a open back tee over the seriously strappy Undone Bralette by Tobi and you're all set for festival season. 

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Edgy Fishnets

MappCraft | Spring '17 Street Style Trends: Edgy Fishnets

Edgy Fishnets

Like the corset, the Kardashian clan didn't invent the fishnet tight. Kim simply Instagramed an innocent shot wearing a pair under unbuttoned jeans (top left) and promptly reignited the hosiery market. Styling tip: Dip a toe in the trend by layering this pair by TOBI under distressed boyfriend jeans. 

Spring 2017 Street Style Trends on Pinterest

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Are you feeling sporty, sweet or sexy this Spring? Show me your looks!

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Be the Bright! Jenn

Nail Athleisure 2017 with this Fool Proof Outfit Formula

Mappcraft.com | How to Nail Athleisure in 2017

Mappcraft.com | How to Nail Athleisure in 2017

Sneaker Heads, Unite

When I was 12 years old I scored a paper route solely to fund a pair of purple suede Etonics. Two decades later I still love a fresh pair of sneakers. It's no surprise that the Style Archetype (discover yours here) I most identify with is Athleisure. 

The term "Athleisure" emerged a few years ago as a way to excuse ourselves from wearing yoga pants. Today, Athleisure isn't about looking like you just came from the gym - it's a mash up style that melds ease of movement with sharp, tailored lines, a cool minimalist vibe and - most importantly - a dash of that certain je ne sais quoi.

The Athleisure 2017 Outfit Formula

After extensive Pinterest research, I have nailed down the 5 ingredient recipe for nailing Athleisure in 2017.

Athleisure 2017 Essential #1: Throwback Sneakers 

Mappcraft.com | How to Nail Athleisure in 2017: Throwback Sneakers

Mappcraft.com | How to Nail Athleisure in 2017: Throwback Sneakers

Throwback sneakers are a given. Extra points if they have thick white soles and white laces. Resist the urge to buy Adidas Superstars or Stan Smith's with the green tab. 

Athleisure 2017 Essential #2: Knee Hole Denim

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL ATHLEISURE IN 2017:   KNEE HOLE DENIM

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL ATHLEISURE IN 2017: KNEE HOLE DENIM

You aren't killing Athleisure in 2017 unless we can see your knees.

Athleisure 2017 Essential #3: Oversized Sweater

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL ATHLEISURE IN 2017:   OVERSIZED SWEATER | image via thefashioncuisine.com

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL ATHLEISURE IN 2017: OVERSIZED SWEATER | image via thefashioncuisine.com

Cold knees, warm heart, as they say.

Athleisure 2017 Essential #4: Fishnet Socks

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL ATHLEISURE IN 2017:   FISHNET SOCKS | IMAGE VIA @PrettyGirlsLied

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL ATHLEISURE IN 2017: FISHNET SOCKS | IMAGE VIA @PrettyGirlsLied

Nothing says "street chic" quite like sweaty feet.

5. Athleisure 2017 Essential #5: Minimalist Watch

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL ATHLEISURE IN 2017: MINIMALIST WATCH

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL ATHLEISURE IN 2017: MINIMALIST WATCH

You've got a mighty big face for such a minimalist watch. 

Best of Pinterest: Bloggers in Athleisure 

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Are you vibing on Athleisure in 2017? Show me your looks! Join 👉🏽 MappCraft | Tiny Closet Survival Guide 👈🏼 private Facebook group for my daily live #OOTDS (bloopers and all) and plenty of capsule fashion chatter.

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xoxo jenn