Everyone has a wardrobe personality – the sort of clothes you like to wear, and are drawn to. Here are the five key categoriess that work for men as well as women:
- Romantic (or Expressive for men)
Classic clothes would tend to be tailored, fitted outfits. Those of us who have a classic wardrobe personality are likely to be well organised, and controlled. We like to have a tidy wardrobe where we can see what we have got. Our favourite outfits look effortless but elegant, and it matters to us that we have got the look right for the occasion. The pieces we choose are simple and uncluttered yet they are chic and have a timeless quality to them. Classics often find dressing down difficult as they prefer tailored and coordinated items over casual styles. Jackie Kennedy would be my example of a classic dresser.
How do you know if you have a Classic wardrobe personality?
- you prefer quality over quantity
- you like simple styles that don’t date
- you choose neutrals or softer shades over patterns or brighter colours
- you are always well-groomed
- you need your clothes to always be situation appropriate or else you feel uncomfortable
- you look elegant in simple styles that would make others look boring
Another classic dresser would be Prince Charles.
Dramatic clothes are be showy, loud, standout outfits. Those of us who are dramatic dressers have lots of self-confidence and don’t mind being looked at. Typically we enjoy wearing a lot of black, perhaps with bright accessories, and are adventurous with our choices of clothing, hairstyle and make up. We love dressing up occasions to make an impact with both our casual and our formal style. Those of us who are dramatic dressers like fashion trends, but also breaking the rules and putting looks together that may be unexpected. Many dramatic dressers like bold patterns too. The Duke of Windsor illustrated this look superbly.
- you prefer bright colours and striking combinations
- you usually avoid a coordinated look and opt for something more individual
- you pay attention to fashion
- you usually choose plain fabric over patterned
- but when hen you do choose pattern it tends to be bold, abstract design
- you tend to be adventurous with your choices
- you may be seen as a trendsetter
- appearance is high on your list of priorities
- you choose style over comfort.
Coco Chanel was a wonderfully dramatic dresser.
Romantic clothes would include long dresses, interesting sleeves, floral prints, soft flowing fabrics – feminine clothes if you are female. In men this would be expressive clothing – showy textiles, velvet suits, frills, long hair, stylish beards. Those of us who have a romantic or expressive wardrobe personality are interested in how we and others feel, and are intuitive, friendly people. We may like vintage or ethnic clothing and put time and energy into making our homes into beautiful spaces. We enjoy expressing ourselves through our clothes. Marilyn Monroe would be a good example.
Are you a Romantic or Expressive dresser?
- you like clothing that has details like flowers, bows or ruffles
- you enjoy fabrics that are soft like jersey, cashmere, soft cottons and silky fabrics
- you enjoy dressing up for evenings out
- you use colour creatively
- you like surface decoration – lace, embroidery and beading
- you like Liberty prints and ethnic clothing with ethnic or feminine prints and patterns appeal to you
- clothes that drape or are fluid feel better than more restrictive fabrics
- you love accessories and use them whenever you can
- you enjoy styles that highlight your femininity/creativity
An expressive dresser would be the Romantic poet Lord Byron.
If our dominant wardrobe personality is ‘natural’, we will probably have a relaxed, easy-going approach to life. We are warm and friendly, love the outdoors and physical activity and don’t pay too much attention to fashion. Being comfortable is more important that looking stylish. We dislike dressy occasions and wearing make up and prefer casual clothing. In general natural dressers consider dressing up to be rather ridiculous and we resent spending much time or money on our appearance – we find other things in life to be more important. A good example of a natural dresser would be Germaine Greer.
How do you know if you have a Natural style personality?
- you only wear formal clothes if you have to
- when dressing up you choose a low-key, unadorned classic look
- you dislike shopping for clothes and the fashion pages
- colours are not very important but you prefer natural and practical shades
- you have little interest in matching colours
- you don’t like spending time or money on your hair or clothes
- you don’t think appearance is very important
- you don’t care very much about anything other than comfort
Many men fit into this category, but a good one would be Michael Foot.
Gamine Style is a boyish, childlike look. It appeals to women and men who are petite, with a boyish look. The classic gamine hair style is short and soft. Those of us with a gamine style personality don’t like fussy clothes, preferring slim fitting styles. Gamine individuals express their friendly, sweet personalities through choosing clothes and accessories with a bit of fun. The person who nailed the gamine look was Audrey Hepburn.
How do you know if you are gamine?
- you like to use colour
- you enjoy styles that have a sporty feel
- you prefer crisp medium weight fabrics
- you prefer a natural approach to make-up and hair, but you are always look smart
- you like accessories and choose unusual items to make a simple outfit more fun
- your style is quite casual but also smart
- you suit small patterns
The 1960s mod look encapsulated the gamine look, here modeled by the Small Faces.
Many of us combine more than one personality – I like to think I can wear all of these looks. But personality implies the look you are happiest with and revert to given a choice. For me that would probably be classic, but with a bit of gamine. How about you?