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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Nail Edgy Style with this Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | Nail Edgy Style with the Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | Nail Edgy Style with the Fool Proof Outfit Formula

Rough and Tough Like Leather

Like that bad ass trouble maker who gave you your first cigarette in 10th grade, some girls are just born with Edge. The rest of us go home smelling of smoke and get grounded for a week. 

Luckily, in 2017, you don't have to vape to embody the rebellious, rocker girl spirit of the Edgy Style Archetype. With just a few style tweaks we can all channel our inner Angelina, even if its only for a day. 

The Edgy Style Outfit Formula

After extensive Pinterest research, I have nailed down the 5 ingredient recipe for nailing Edgy Style like a bad ass.

Edgy Style Essential #1: Ankle Boots

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #1: Ankle Boots

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #1: Ankle Boots

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, Edgy girls like their ankle boots broken in with pointy toes. Grommets and metal hardware earn extra cool points.  

Edgy Style Essential #2: Tight Black Pants

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #2: Tight Black Pants

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #2: Tight Black Pants

When Mick Jagger is your idol, well. Do I even need to explain?

 

Edgy Style Essential #3: Slouchy White Tee

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #3: Slouchy White Tee

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #3: Slouchy White Tee

Even Edgy girls needs basics. The ideal Edgy white tee has a little bit of length, but more importantly, a deep round neckline, which is essential for showcasing Edgy Essential #4...

Edgy Style Essential #4: Pop of Lace

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #4: Pop of Lace

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #4: Pop of Lace

The Pop of Lace is so Edgy 2017. Showcase yours under Edgy Essential #3: Slouchy White Tee (see above) or any deep v you already own. Please let me know if you find one that doesn't itch. 

Edgy Style Essential #5: Leather Jacket

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #5: Leather Jacket

MappCraft | Edgy Style Essential #5: Leather Jacket

If you already own a leather jacket you don't need my advice because you already nailed Edge. Throw this ultimate Edgy essential over anything and you're immediately 100% cooler than me. 


Best of Pinterest: Bloggers in Edgy

Pssss... Follow my boards! 💋 

Are you an Edgy badass gal? 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.

PS: Rocker girl, if you click the heart I'll let you bum a smoke.

Be the Bright! Jenn

How To Cement Your Personal Style, Lesson 2: Evaluate Accessories

How to cement your personal style - lesson 2: Evaluate accessories 

How to cement your personal style - lesson 2: Evaluate accessories 

Personal Style Defined

Personal style is a fluid 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 elements that add up to a 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.

Stylish Pre-Work

  1. If you are just joining this series, start here: How To Cement Your Personal Style: Examine Style Archetypes 
  2. To get the most out of this interactive style series, you'll need a Pinterest account. If your don't have one, join here: Pinterest
  3. Last task: Follow MappCraft on Pinterest below

Lesson 2: Evaluate Accessories

Truly stylish people have a look you can't define. Sure, they may lean towards one style archetype over another, but often they incorporate multiple influences into their outfits with accessories.

Accessories allow you to experiment with a style archetype you'd never wear head to toe. For example, I don't consider myself a Free Spirit, but I love the energy of layered necklaces, gladiator sandals and a flowing Missoni caftan (especially at the beach).  

I am also attracted to Edgy looks but the idea of tight jeans and a leather jacket makes me tired, so I incorporate an Edgy attitude into a Classic outfit with a studded bag or spike earrings.

The goal of today's activity is to recognize that seemingly conflicting elements (i.e. Classically Chic pearls with a Edgy moto jacket) can add up to create a unique look.

Back to the boards! Today we are going to replicate our Lesson 1: Examine Style Archetypes activity with a focus on accessories. 

ACTIVITY: Pinspiration

Step 1: Create an EVALUATE ACCESSORIES board in your Pinterest account 

Step 2: Browse the 8 Archetypal Accessories boards below 

Step 3: Pin whatever accessories resonate, don't think too hard about overall Style Archetypes, your lifestyle, the cost or any other practical consideration. Again: vibe

1. Edgy Accessories

 

2. Americana Accessories

 

3. Editorial Eclectic Accessories

 

4. Classically Chic Accessories

 

5. Athleisure Accessories

 

6. Full On Glam Accessories

 

7. Minimalist Accessories

 

8. Free Spirit Accessories

 

 

Step 4: Review your EVALUATE ACCESSORIES board. Do the accessories align with your favorite archetypes? Do they clash? Doesn't matter! Now that you recognize the elements that you are drawn to you'll see both patterns and paradox, which is also known as...PERSONAL STYLE. 

Mash Up Style

To close today's lesson, consider the incredibly stylish ladies below. Each outfit is a combination of archetypal influences and accessories that add up to create a truly unique look. 

 

Stylish Homework

Put together an outfit using elements from at least 3 style archetypes. Share your look on the MappCraft Facebook Page. 

Resources

How To Cement Your Personal Style Lesson 3: Spot Your Signature

Next week we will look at iconic examples of signature style and explore how to incorporate your own signature items into your look. 

xoxo Jenn

If you like what I write (and my live MappCraft Facebook vids) please share, follow, like and CLICK THE HEART BELOW. You will be rewarded handsomely in your next lifetime and the next time I see you in person.