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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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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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

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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

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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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Jenn