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What is Your Dress Code Personality #2

Personality Course 101

Orange & Lace Maxi-001Two 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Sandals, Sunnies & Sensational Bags

Anxiously Anticipating

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Essie Nail Polishes from Monday’s Post Lovely Lustrous Lacquers

I knew what it was even before I heard the tap at the door. The exterior door opening and closing was my first clue. Mollie, my fur kid, going into attack mode, was the second indicator.

That was fast!! It was only Monday when I ordered my Essie nail colors for my upcoming mani/pedi and they’re HERE! I’m so excited!!

So the delivery driver does his polite tap, tap on my door then I hear the sound of something being left on the threshold. I wait a minute or two until I know for sure that my hallway is empty then I open the door and there on the floor is a rather sizable box.

I bring the box inside, unpack it (loads of filler paper), get to the bottom and no nail polish. “That’s strange” I think to myself “where could it be?” I look at the paper in my hand, unraveling it to reveal my 3 bottles of polish. Since I was able to choose three samples with my order, I look through more of the paper and find those as well.

Meika - Sole Society
Meika | Sole Society
Baheeti - Lucky Brand
Baheeti | Lucky Brand
Joesy - Sole Society
Joesy | Sole Society

It won’t be long now till I go to the salon to get my nails and eyebrows done. Then, if the weatherman was telling the truth, I’ll finally be able to wear some of my sandals and lighter clothing.

Since I still have several pairs of sandals that I didn’t get to wear last year I will not be buying any new ones with the exception of one pair of wedges. But just because I’m not buying doesn’t mean I can’t scour the internet to talk about some of the current trends and my favorites.

Hitting Your Stride

Aside from wedges, and lace up sandals the other type that I like this season are the stacked block heels. As a lover of high heels I freely admit that sometimes, depending on the make of the shoe, it can be challenging to hit my stride. If I can’t walk normally in a pair of heels I immediately nix them and go for a different pair.

One of my personal pet peeves used to be seeing women struggling to walk in their heels with their shoulders slumped, trudging, teetering, or walking as if their feet were aching. Confidence killers are these methods of walking, and in my opinion it would be better to wear a comfortable pair of kitten heels or sexy flats if higher heels are disagreeable. Which leads me to why I like wedges and block heels.

Straw Studios Structured Dome Straw Tote
Straw Studios Structured Dome Straw Tote
Mar Y Sol Juliette Circle Tote
Mar Y Sol Juliette Circle Tote | Gilt
Banana Republic Woven Straw Tote  - Multi stripe
Banana Republic Woven Straw Tote

Because there is a greater coverage or support of the heel itself in a wedge or block heel, body weight is distributed more evenly making it easier to walk. This doesn’t mean that all wedges or block heels are comfortable, again, it depends on several factors like heel height, brand, and the way the shoe is made. For example I had these fabulous wedge espadrilles that tied around the ankle and lower part of my leg. The actual shoe felt good but ribbon tie was agonizing.

Some of the other trends in sandals are metallics, jeweled, buckles, fringes, and once again gladiators abound. I was looking for a pair of lace ups earlier in the year but couldn’t find any that appealed to me so I’ve given up and decided instead to go with a pair of wedges.

Protect Those Peepers

Fun is the word that comes to mind for spring and summer sunglasses. Frames are round, thick, animal print, big, and cat eye. Though I’ve said before, and still maintain, I will not spend serious money for sunnies. When I was looking for some for today’s post I kept them under $50 and honestly I wouldn’t even pay that much.

nicole by Nicole Miller Innocent Round Sunglasses
nicole by Nicole Miller Innocent Round Sunglasses | JC Penney
ELOQUII Cat Eye Frame Sunglasses
ELOQUII Cat Eye Frame Sunglasses
Abercrombie & Fitch Round Vintage Sunglasses
Abercrombie & Fitch Round Vintage Sunglasses

The most important feature in sunglasses is the UV protection which should be 100 percent. Here’s a very good article on protecting your eyes from ultraviolet radiation www.allaboutvision.com. It should be noted that just because sunglasses are expensive it doesn’t necessarily mean they provide adequate protection.

Straw Scream Warm Weather

For this post I chose straw tote bags but the one bag I just had to have and I finally found it, is the bucket bag. I got a great deal on the one I bought from Neiman Marcus and unlike buckets I’ve had in the past this one is roomy and easily accessible.

Following are descriptions of 3 each – sandals, sunglasses and bags:

  • Joesy | Sole Society | Navy Vintage Whiskey (looks like navy and white to me)  strappy elastic sandals with an ultra-walkable 2 & three-quarter inch stacked faux leather heel and an open toe crisscrossing front.
  • Lucky Brand Baheeti | Sole Society | Pinenut Nigor (the colors are light and appear to be in the taupe family) – Flat striped and woven style band that covers the arch of the foot with a front toe piece.
  • Meika | Sole Society | Navy and white 3 & one-quarter inch wedge espadrille sandals with an open toe, stacked leather heel, twisted fabric straps and an easy back zipper.
  • nicole by Nicole Miller Innocent Round Sunglasses | JC Penney | I’m thinking I may have to snap up these sunnies. “It’s hard to be demure in these cheetah-print round sunglasses. ideal for oval, square and triangle face shapes”
  • ELOQUII Cat Eye Frame Sunglasses | Eloquii | “Add some flirty flair to your outfit with our black Cat Eye Frame Sunglasses. Contrast metal arms lend elegance to this sassy summer style.”
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Round Vintage Sunglasses | Abercrombie & Fitch | Vintage Round style, black frame with metal accents.
  • Straw Studios Structured Dome Straw Tote | Macy’s – This bag is sold out at Macy’s but I like the woven braided look with tan shoulder straps.
  • Mar Y Sol Juliette Circle Tote | Gilt | Aqua crocheted raffia Double wooden top handles. Okay this clutch appealed to me because it’s different. The bag’s shape is round and the wooden handles are molded to the bag. Not sure what stitch is used for the crochet but I’ve not seen one like this and would get it because it’s unique. The color is also eye-catching I thought it was a green but the site says it’s aqua
  • Banana Republic Woven Straw Tote Size One Size – Multi stripe | Banana Republic | Banana Republic Snap closure. The three (white, brown and black) bold stripes are what caught my attention to this bag the tassel was an added element I didn’t even notice until I saw the description.

That’s all for now. I’m off to get pampered! Have a wonderful weekend.

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!””  ~Robin Williams