Two Thursdays ago I put up a quiz from Nothing To Wear? A 5-Step Cure For The Common Closet by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo to help you determine your personal style. (You can check out Part I here.) So let’s see which style (or style combination) you are: Classic, Chic, Whimsical, Bohemian, Avant-garde, or a combination ie. Classic/Chic.
Here’s the answer key:
1. a) Chic b) Classic c) Bohemian d) Whimsical e) Avant-garde
2. a) Whimsical b) Bohemian c) Chic d) Classic e) Avant-garde
3. a) Bohemian b) Whimsical c) Chic d) Avant-garde e) Classic
4. a) Chic b) Classic c) Bohemian d) Avant-garde e) Whimsical
5. a) Avant-garde b) Classic c) Chic e) Bohemian e) Whimsical
6. a) Classic b) Bohemian c) Whimsical d) Avant-garde e) Chic
7. a) Chic b) Bohemian c) Whimsical d) Avant-garde e) Classic
8. a) Avant-garde b) Classic c) Whimsical d) Bohemian e) Chic
Add up your results. Is there one particular style that is dominant over all the others? If so, that is your personal style. If you are tied with two styles, then you’re both. Or you could be a combination of two styles. For example, if you have three marks for Classic and two marks for Chic, then you’d be Classic/Chic – mostly Classic and a bit Chic.
Now I will describe each style and give you some style icon examples:
Simple, clean, conservative, neat, and traditonal; a timeless look because the sihouette and colours rarely change. Always ladylike, classic garments are often tailored. Clothes are of excellent quality. Basic colours like navy, charcoal, black, and white.
Icons: Laura Bush, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Diane Sawyer, Princess Diana (earlier years), Renée Zellweger
This style is defined by a powerful look and sharp lines that seem to come together in an effortless way. It is often monochromatic and combined with bold accessories. Uses some timeless pieces combined with a hint of current pieces to make the look unique. Always up on the latest trends, but not a slve to them.
Icons: Halle Berry, Catherine Deneuve, Audrey Hepburn, Carolina Herrera, Nicole Kidman, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis
This playful style appears to be “thrown together” but is actually a thoughtful combination of colours and patterns. The wearer is often young at heart and the look is sometimes ethereal and romantic. The look can change depending on the wearer’s outing from contemporary to flirtatious and sexy, to retro, but always playful and fun.
Icons: Mischa Barton, Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst, Betsey Johnson, Vanessa Paradis, Gwen Stefani
Relaxed, lived-in, hippy or funky, incorporating offbeat accessories and usually lots of denim or suede. A relaxed look with an emphasis on natural fabrics and earth tones, this style evolved from the hippie look of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Icons: Kate Hudson, Jade Jagger, Ali MacGraw, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Stevie Nicks, Joss Stone
This is an ultramodern style that uses fashion as an extension of the wearer’s creativity. It often seeks to make a dramatic statement. Typically, the foundation for this wardrobe is black. Often chooses an asymmetrical hemline or something unconventional like wearing a tuxedo pantsuit to a cocktail party. The avant-garde mantra is, “I’m different – I’m not a fashion victim.”
Icons: Björk, Cate Blanchett, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Diane Keaton, Annie Lennox