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

How to Cement Your Personal Style: Examine Style Archetypes

Personal Style, Defined

Discover you personal Style Archetypes with my free quiz!

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.

Style Archetype: Edgy

1.    EDGY: 

Having an edgy archetype is all about rock and roll. This person is an anarchist at heart and wears leather almost every day. Vintage band tees, studs, and tattered clothing are comforts.

Edgy Essentials 

 

Style Archetype: Americana

2.     AMERICANA

Picture an East Coast girl, at the club and out sailing on the Sound. This is the Americana archetype. Ralph Lauren, polo shirts, riding boots and pearls. These are typical pieces that are incorporated into this style.

Americana Essentials

Style Archetype: Editorial Eclectic

3.     EDITORIAL ECLECTIC

Fashion and retail have a strong influence on the editorial eclectic girl. She experiments heavily with her style and usually works closely in the fashion industry. There is a constant daily mix of prints and patterns, colors, textures and influences.

Editorial Eclectic Essentials

Style Archetype: Classically Chic

4.     CLASSICALLY CHIC

Classically chic archetypes are elegant, poised, and put together. Her clothing is well-cut, have a classic silhouette and keeps the look very simple. To add an extra pop, luxurious accessories are paired.

Classically Chic Essentials

Style Archetype: Full On Glam

5.     FULL ON GLAM

This is a bombshell woman. She recognizes the power of sex appeal and uses that in her styling. Everything about a full on glam outfit is considered, refined and unapologetically alluring.

Full On Glam Essentials

Style Archetype: Athleisure

6.     ATHLEISURE

This archetype can be confused with looking as though you just came from the gym. This is not completely true. It is more a blend of style that uses ease of movement with sharp, tailored lines and a minimalist vibe.

Athleisure Essentials

Style Archetype: Minimalist

7.     MINIMALIST

Keep the style simple. The minimalist style archetype is all about neutral colors and staple pieces. This woman does not have an extensive amount of clothing in her closet, and is able to mix and match what she owns to create new outfits.

Minimalist Essentials

Style Archetype: Free Spirit

8.     FREE SPIRIT

This archetype style is a gypsy at heart. This woman never wants to feel confined by a garment and moves naturally with ease. There is a deep appreciation for vintage and heirloom pieces and loves the global aesthetic.

Free Spirit Essentials

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. 

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 Editorial Eclectic Style with this Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | How to Nail NYC Street Style 2017

MappCraft | How to Nail NYC Street Style 2017

This is NYC Street Style 2017

Editorial Eclectic Style is my way of describing the fashion girls that roam the streets of NYC in all manner of texture, colors, prints and patterns with a mysterious photographer not far behind snapping pics that appear on WhoWhatWear.com. 

These girls embody my childhood fantasy life. After graduating from FIT, they now live in Manhattan and work in fashion houses, PR agencies, as stylists or lifestyle bloggers. Their social influence earns gifted Gucci bags and they wear crop tops with gusto. They always have plenty of pocket cash to shop, dine and walk the High Line.

#IRL they may live with 4 other 20-somethings in a 600SF walk up way Uptown, but there is no disputing that NYC fashion girls influence trend cycles all over the world. The problem with trying to teach you their outfit formula is the simple fact they don't have one, which is also what makes them awesome. 

The Editorial Eclectic Style Outfit Formula

After extensive Pinterest research, I have nailed down 5 key items to help you channel NYC Street Style in Spring 2017. Unless you actually live and work in fashion, I do not recommend you wear them all at once. 

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #1: Fur Lined Mule Loafers

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #1: Fur Lined Mule Loafers

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #1: Fur Lined Mule Loafers

These fuzzy puppies may be hibernation by mid May (I guarantee they'll emerge again in October), but right now, nearly every fashion girl on Pinterest is warming her toes in fur lined mule loafers - almost always crafted by Gucci (see #4).

Shop Fur Loafers

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #2: Wide Leg Pants

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #2: Wide Leg Pants

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #2: Wide Leg Pants

Our bevy of street style muses are totally over skinny jeans and welcomed this expansive pant silhouette as a breath of fresh fashion air.  Incredulous? Wide legs paired with a slim top and flat sandals are surprisingly flattering. 

Shop Wide Legs

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #3: Statement Sleeves

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #3: Statement Sleeve

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #3: Statement Sleeve

Just like their Broome St. kissing counter parts, arm holes are huge this season! Another street style trend easy to pull of when paired with the right proportions. Feel free to pull out your skinny jeans for this look. 

Shop Statement Sleeves

 

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #4: Anything Gucci

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #4: Anything Gucci

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #4: Anything Gucci

Ever since British native Alessandro Michelle took over the house in 2015, Gucci is #everything with the in crowd. Thanks in part to the wild popularity of his whimsical Dionysus handbag collection, those ubiquitous fur lined loafers and an inspired collaboration with street style artist Gucci Ghost, under Michelle's direction, Gucci is THE luxury design house informing the moment. Hello wish list!

Shop Gucci

 

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #5: Modern Trench

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #5: Modern Trench

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #5: Modern Trench

A refreshing spin on a classic staple and very much in line with maximalist vibe on the streets, Spring 2017s proper topper is a reimagined trench coat, usually oversized. Again, this trend is actually quite wearable if you keep the rest of your look streamlined. 

Shop Modern Trenches

Editorial Eclectic Style on Pinterest

Pssss... Follow my boards! 💋 

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Are you sporting statement sleeves this Spring? Show me your looks!

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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!

Join 👉🏽 MappCraft | Tiny Closet Survival Guide 👈🏼 private Facebook group for my daily live #OOTDS (bloopers and all) and plenty of capsule fashion chatter.

PS: We're friends, right? If you click the heart below you'll make my entire day!

Be the Bright! Jenn

Astro Style: The Saturn Life Lesson I Found Hanging In My Closet

Astro Style: The Saturn Life Lesson I Found Hanging In My Closet

Astro Style: The Saturn Life Lesson I Found Hanging In My Closet

Summer 2016 is donzo and while Instagram mourns the end of festival season I'm chill AF about it.

The past few months have been a hot, slow slog towards enlightened self awareness. I don't know what's been going on in your universe but I am officially exhausted from over thinking my purpose and ready to get on with the next transit of my life. 

Girl, I know you feel the same way. We all do.

Over the past few months, the energetic approach of today's (Wednesday, August 24, 2016) power punch Mars conjunct Saturn transit forced us to confront what we really want out of life and kicked us in the pants to craft an action plan.

This is your chance to release those old pattens once and for all – and to welcome in the new stuff you really want to build and create. When Mars and Saturn meet tomorrow morning, they will start a new two-year cycle around our life’s work, how we take action, our belief systems, and the structures in our lives.
— Anne Ortelee, www.anneortelee.com

That sounds productive, yes?

On paper.

In real time, this energy has erupted our sense of security with upsets, chaos and hella emotional upheaval. However painful, the process holds a mirror in the face of our outdated stories and the areas of our lives that simply don't inspire joy.

That's Saturn for you - a real ball buster. 

The Mars-Saturn chart (is about) seeing the patterns, releasing them, and creating new ones that support you... (it could) bring “fated” events, where we don’t always have free will. Think of it as a cosmic course-correction, redirecting you to where you’re meant to go.
— Anne Ortelee, www.anneortelee.com

Don't fret, I won't burden you with a deep tale of existential crisis. My monumental A-HA was hanging in my tiny closet. 

Archetypal Influences

In July I started How to Cement Your Personal Style, a two part (and counting) interactive Pinterest activity that explores 9 primary Style Archetypes: Classically Chic, Edgy, Editorial Eclectic, Minimalist, Free Spirit, Americana, Full On Glam and Athleisure. 

For weeks I poured over fashion bloggers and street style shots and categorized hundreds of looks, paying close attention to what images excited me and which fell flat.

I write about fashion and I only wear 35.7 painstakingly selected garments per season, so naturally I assumed I was in touch with my personal style: Classically Chic for work and Editorial Eclectic + Athlesuire for weekend. 

Classically Chic by Day

Weekend Eclectic with a Side of Athleisure 

Findings

My weekend Eclectic meets Athleisure aspirations are solid but I do need to up my sneaker and textured overcoat game. Overall though, this look is still me. I like it. It vibes.

But Classically Chic? Not so much. I never wear the business garments I've kept in my capsule. Pencil skirts, blazers, blouses and killer heels simply don't serve me anymore. Instead, they reflect a bygone era before children when I was career obsessed and hell bent on dressing exactly like my boss. 

The Forgotten 

So what do I actually wear? A rotating mix of fluid, soft fabrics with stretch, paired with flat sandals, a novelty tank or slouchy top and piled on accessories. 

On Repeat

The realization I'd gone boho completely contradicts an image (and ambition) I was clinging to yet had long since outgrown.

You do not attend an executive level meeting in flat shoes, distressed denim and a gauzy t-shirt.

That's what you wear when you write about fashion, chase your children, practice yoga and work from home helping small businesses build a brand identity.

Hypothetically speaking, of course.

Business Boho


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For more astro insight check out my girl Anne Ortelee online and listen to her awesome weekly podcast

Did Saturn or Mars (or just maybe your mom) shake up your life this summer? Tell me about it! 

xoxo

Jenn

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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

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