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

Nail Classically Chic Style with this Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL CLASSICALLY CHIC LIKE A FRENCH GIRL

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL CLASSICALLY CHIC LIKE A FRENCH GIRL

We'll Always Have Paris

Fishnet socks, oversized sweatshirt dresses, undersized bandage skirts, the great Birkenstock revival - however exhilarating, trends are fleeting (even when they circle back). That is why the Classically Chic Style Archetype is so damn alluring. No matter the year, the country, your age - there is something to be said for a outfit formula that stands the test of time.

There are many variations on Classically Chic Style. Think: Seersucker, equestrian boots, a sleek black pencil skirt and pumps. For me, the most endearing (and Pinterest celebrated) is French Girl Chic. Je ne sais pas, there is something about Paris.

The (Classically) Parisian Chic Outfit Formula

After extensive Pinterest research, I have nailed down the 5 ingredient recipe for nailing Classically Parisian Chic.

Parisian Chic Essential #1: Flat Shoes

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: FLAT SHOES

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: FLAT SHOES

Besides being too terribly cool to wobble on cobblestones in heels, French girls have a practical reason for foregoing pumps: faire de la bicyclette.

SHOP FRENCH FLATS

Parisian Chic Essential #2: Slim Ankle Pant

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: SLIM ANKLE PANT

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: SLIM ANKLE PANT

Slim pants are a given (note I said slim, not tight), but the real secret to looking French girl (and boy) cool is to show the slightest hint of ankle skin between your pant hem and shoe.

Sorry. No socks allowed. 

SHOP ANKLE PANTS

Parisian Chic Essential #3: Striped Top

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: STRIPED TOP

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: STRIPED TOP

Typically characterized as a cotton top with blue sailor-like stripes, the Breton stripe top was introduced in 1858 as the uniform for the French navy. It did not possess any serous fashion cache until—after a trip to the French coast—Coco Chanel took notice. The iconic designer was so inspired by the sailors’ uniform that she incorporated the stripes into her 1917 nautical collection.
— Stylecaster.com

👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻💋 

SHOP STRIPED TOPS

Parisian Chic Essential #4: Classic Jacket

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: CLASSIC JACKET

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: CLASSIC JACKET

Choose your own Parisian outerwear adventure: Shrunken denim, fitted blazer or classic trench. Look at these as investment pieces and shop accordingly. Add to wish list. 

SHOP CLASSIC JACKETS

Parisian Chic Essential #5: Silk Scarf

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: SILK SCARF

MAPPCRAFT.COM | HOW TO NAIL PARISIAN CHIC: SILK SCARF

You know how I feel about my Hermes scarves. Aside from the beautiful craftsmanship, brilliant colors, iconic, whimsical patterns and endlessly versatile styling options -  each scarf was a gift from my husband and remind me of our honeymoon. In Paris. 

Now, you don't need an Hermes scarf to nail the Parisian Chic look (wish list), but I am going to have to insist on silk twill. 

SHOP SILK SCARVES

Best of Pinterest: Bloggers in Classically Chic 

Pssss... Follow my boards! 💋 

Are you a Classically Chic gal? Show me your looks!

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Merci beaucoup!

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 

Pssss... Follow my boards! 💋 


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.

If you've read this far and possess even one decent bone in your body, do me a solid and click that little heart down there. Love ya, B.

xoxo jenn

How to Cement Your Personal Style, Lesson 3: Spot Your Signature

How to Cement Your Personal Style Part 3: Spot Your Signature

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:
  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 3: Spot Your Signature

Now that we've stalked hundreds of super chic ladies on Pinterest you've likely noticed that the ones you remember often have a style signature - a definitive element that appears over and over again in their outfits. 

Style signatures are not limited to garments or accessories, a style signature could be a preference towards a certain silhouette, a styling technique, haircut or even makeup. Some signatures are incredibly obvious and some require a relationship with the stylish to recognize. 

Can you spot these famous fashion icons style signatures?

 

What's My Signature?

Now don't get overwhelmed at the idea of selecting one item to represent you for all of eternity. Your style signatures evolve with your tastes, circumstances and interests.

For the past three weeks (thanks to this eye opening astrological transit) I've become obsessed with distressed denim shorts like those favored by Julie Sarinana of Sincerelyjules.com. Why? I'm embracing the recognition that my current personal vibe is that of a Free Spirit archetype, and playing around with clothes that reflect the way I am feeling RIGHT NOW. The distressed denim jean shorts won't make much sense in November, but they've motivated me to replace a pair of skinny jeans with a more relaxed boyfriend cut for my Autumn 2016 capsule. 

You'll see more of the my evolved Free Spirit + Editorial Eclectic aesthetic in the upcoming Autumn 2016 capsule but just because I am replacing some of my more structured silhouettes with billowy bottoms doesn't mean I won't pair them with my signature Hermes scarves.

I'll just find a new way to tie them.

It's A turban, It's a Belt, It's a half top - It's a dang scarf, ya'll

It's A turban, It's a Belt, It's a half top - It's a dang scarf, ya'll


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xoxo 

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


If you haven't checkout MappCraft on Pinterest - DO IT.

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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