Personality Course 101
Two weeks ago I published the first in a series of posts on What is Your Dress Code Personality? As I mentioned in that article, due to a number of garment categories and silhouettes within those categories it made sense to have an ongoing conversation on this topic.
We’ve already talked a little about lifestyle, disabilities, or physical inabilities, and how they influence our personal style. Today, let’s focus our attention on personality and how this trait also can play a major role in the way we dress.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to take a personality test you should give it a go, here goes a free one where you don’t even have to register: www.16personalities.com. While I don’t place a ton of emphasis on these types of tests they can be very enlightening.
Broadly speaking, people who are mostly exuberant, fearless, adventurous, and optimistic aren’t afraid to take risks. Also, these folks typically exude a confidence that allows them to journey through life without concern for what others think of them.
On the other hand, while those of us who are cautious, practical, analytical, and insecure outwardly view risk takers as crazy people, we secretly envy their zest for life. Though we may struggle with introversion and worrying about how we are viewed by others, there are times when we can be tenacious.
This isn’t to say that all extroverts are consistently confident or all introverts are always lacking confidence, as humans we are far more complex than the results of any personality test. However each of us consists of many overlapping traits that vary day-to-day depending on individual circumstances.
With all of this being said, I believe our core traits are what drive us to behave, believe, think, and express ourselves in ways that ultimately comes through in the manner in which we dress. For example, while I possess clothing within the red spectrum the majority of my wardrobe is neutral, black and white because this is my comfort zone and risks are definitely not my forte.
Dare to Change
Bright colors, patterns, fabrics, and silhouettes are not the only aspects of clothing that can be an indicator into to our personality but the type of apparel and how we wear it can also be a clue. Daring necklines, hemlines, attention-getting hats, shoes, and accessories give us an additional glimpse into the wearer’s personality.
Not every woman on the planet feels comfortable wearing heels and culottes, nor should they. Diversity in who we are and how we dress makes life far more colorful.
For those of us in the cautious range of the style spectrum, when we dare to try something different this can have a sizeable impact on our psyche in a good way. One of my friends made a 180 degree turn in her style by making a few simple changes. With my help she began incorporating more jewelry, experimenting with different styles of tops, added additional colors and the change was remarkable. There was even a noticeable difference in her demeanor. She felt good about herself and it showed.
The changes my friend experienced didn’t change who she essentially was as a person, but it did elevate her attitude. I should mention that my friend’s revamped style actually began when she decided she wanted to alter her appearance. She started small and eventually expanded her wardrobe into one that made her happy thus enhancing her mood.
I briefly referenced color in this post and in today’s photos I’m wearing an orange maxi dress with three alternating bands of lace at the bottom, an over the head orange cropped crocheted sweater, heels, and blue/green tropical print fold over clutch. This maxi is so long that my heels can’t be seen which is a good thing because I would have preferred to wear heeled sandals. Filigree drop earrings and three gold bangles embellished with glass stones completed the look.
- Bar III Maxi Dress (old) | Similar (www.bebe.com)
- Orange Cropped Sweater (very old) | Similar (www.jcpenney.com)
- Fold Over Clutch (old) | Similar (www.etsy.com)
- Jewelry (old) | Similar pieces (www.neimanmarcus.com & www.neimanmarcus.com)
Even though black and white will always be my go-to colors in the summer I love wearing brighter clothes. The blue/green clutch really stands out against the orange in the dress. Since I chose to wear the cropped sweater with this dress I kept my accessories simple.
In the coming weeks we’ll continue this series on personal dress codes and see where it takes us.
So do you wear maxi dresses? If not, what is your favorite item of clothing?
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” ~Bruce Lee