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 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

How To Wear A Slip Dress

How to Wear A Slip Dress

How to Wear A Slip Dress

Simply Perfect

Out of all 36 garments in my Summer 2016 capsule wardrobe, this vibrant purple no name silk slip dress, a $19.99 TJ Maxx impulse purchase from 2011, is easily the most elegant.

Her sumptuous fabric, delicate spaghetti straps and cinched waist aren't particularly toddler-friendly details, but when the right occasion warrants a wear, she doesn't disappoint.

No Name Purple Silk Slip Dress -- Origin, TJ Maxx; Circa 2011

No Name Purple Silk Slip Dress -- Origin, TJ Maxx; Circa 2011

In Praise of the Slip Dress

Second to an understated sex appeal, my favorite thing about a slip dress is its unmatched versatility. With a simple switch of accessories you can go from office to out with ease and the classic simplicity of its silhouette shifts between style archetypes like a sartorial super hero.  

Seriously! Say that three times fast.

 

Beauty Business Outfit

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

For a summer cute meets business casual look,  I layered a lightweight linen cardigan on top and paired the look with flat gold sandals. A Hermes silk twill scarf folded length wise and worn around the neck adds a conservative touch, my orange Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff reminds you I am not at all conservative and a beaded green pendant picks up teal accents in the purple print scarf. Lastly, my trusty beige Loeffler Randall work tote goes with everything and is sized perfectly for a laptop, with plenty of extra room to house happy hour shoes and make up. 

Office Accoutrements 

After 5 Vibe

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

How to Wear a Slip Dress: Day to Date

For a quick transition from work to fun, I lose the cardigan, switch out the gold flats for nude peep toes and re-tie my scarf around my waist. The cuff and pendant remain as is. With a swift handbag switch and a swipe of punchy pink lip balm (TheBalm Meet Matte Hughes in Chivalrous is EVERYTHING) - I'm ready for rose. 

Date Night Accessory Roll

Slip Dress Style File

The simple silhouette of a classic slip dress makes it an worthy closet staple for a range of Style Archetypes (What's a Style Archetype, you ask? Girl! Discover your Style Archetype here).

Minimalist

How a Minimalist Wears a Slip Dress

How a Minimalist Wears a Slip Dress

A Minimalist doesn't ALWAYS wear all black. The clean lines of a slip dress make it the perfect canvas to accessorize with architectural accents and a muted metallic pallet. 

Jewelry: Gold Bar Necklace, AuRate NYC

Jewelry: Vermeil Icon Cuff, AuRate NYC

Handbag: My own vintage Diane Von Furstenburg, similar

Shoes: Aquazzura Christy Sparkle Lace-up flat or Steve Madden Sunshine Lace-up

Jacket: BB Dakota draped trench

Classically Chic

How a Classically Chic Girl Wears a Slip Dress

A Classically Chic gal is drawn to structured garments and timeless accessories. She grounds the fluid drape of a slip dress with a sharp blazer and tempers the purple with a neutral bag and shoes. True to form, her diamond pendant never goes out of style (or off her neck) but she's not afraid to add personality with signature arm candy.

JewelryDiamond Pendant Necklace, AuRate NYC

Arm Candy: My own Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff layered over Hermes Twilly 

Handbag: My own Loeffler Randall Open Work Tote, similar

Shoes: Christian Louboutin Nude Peep Toe or Jessica Simpson Bibi Peep Toe Pumps

Jacket: My own vintage Pierre Cardin, similar by Theory

Free Spirit

How a Free Spirit Wears a Slip Dress

A Free Spirit loves her clothes to sway and swish and is inspired by any bygone, easy going era. With its clear homage to vintage Halston, a slip dress hits both marks. She layers her dress under an open kimono and pairs with a fringe bag.  Natural stone earrings project good vibes, a draped gold lariat calls attention to her neck and modern caged sandals keep her looking fresh. 

Jewelry: Gold Connected Necklace, AuRate NYC

Jewelry: My own Kendra Scott Chalcedony Danielle earrings

Handbag: Urban Expressions fringe bucket bag

Shoes: My own Schutz Juliana Caged Heel

Kimono: Anna Sui Bird of Paradise kimono or Romeo & Juliet Couture fringe hem kimono

Editorial Eclectic

How an Editorial Eclectic Wears a Slip Dress

Miss Editorial Eclectic approaches fashion like a mixed media artist. She confidently blends colors, textures, prints and fabric into every outfit. When pairing the deep purple slip dress with every jewel tone in her closet, her mind draws Jungle Book parallels from the bold palm print jacket to the gold winged ear cuff. Clutching a richly beaded handbag on her way to NYFW, she trots up the Lincoln Center stairs in tropical yellow it-girl heels, followed by a throng of bloggers vying for her street shot.

JewelryVermiel Feather Ear Cuff, AuRate NYC

Arm Candy: My own Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff

HandbagBeaded clutch

Shoes: Aquazzura Wild Thing sandals

Jacket: Dolce & Gabbana printed silk jacket 


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For more Style Archetype ideas, follow MappCraft on Pinterest

 

xoxo

Jenn