Finding Your Sense Of Style

What are the different  types of fashion styles? Do you know which category you fall into? Maybe you are a hybrid. One who mixes several different styles to make your own. This whole process is much less complicated than you might think.  Once you have understood your personal fashion choice group, it can actually simplify your life when shopping for new outfits.

According to each fashion group can create a common theme and they each have their own unique characteristics. A fashion style is like a character sketch that describes a personality out of a fashion theme. For example, if you have a classic taste in clothing, you may be drawn to classical themes in apparel consciously.


Classic style may express comfort, but actually it focuses more on quality and popular styles such as white button-down blouses, ballet flats, a wide-legged trouser and leather boots. Classic apparel has a superb fabric and impeccable tailoring. It focuses on clean uncluttered lines and formal balance, which expresses a sense of stability. If you have this type of fashion, you are showing simple elegance in your wardrobe.


Bohemian style is characterized with artistic interests like arty style. However, the difference is that Bohemian style focuses on some exotic patterns and textures. The free-spirited Bohemian draws inspirations from the gypsy look with their intricate patterns, peasant blouses, multiple chains, head scarves, and also hippy ponchos and tie dye jeans. Bohemian is well known for features that are considered non-traditional in appearance.


Exotic style focuses on something very uncommon, striking yet excitingly different. A traveler who comes from another exotic land may show exotic style. Exotic style is often mysterious and intriguing. The clothing style centers on long flowing lines that has rich smoky colors, embroidery, mysterious ornate patterns, jungle prints, mosaics and iridescent textures and shiny jewelry, etc.


One of the popular types of fashion styles is the chic style. “Chic” is often synonymous with “trendy” or “fashionable”. People who favor this style prefer classic and stylish designs that are striking and smart. For example, the garments are always well tailored and the accessories are well chosen. Chic style means having clothes that have strong colors but not garish


“Flamboyant” is associated with “dramatic”. However, between flamboyant and dramatic, flamboyant is more energetic and outgoing. The main characteristic of flamboyant is being flashy. The clothing of this fashion style are often asymmetrical, exaggerated flouncing, fringe, multi-colored, and splashy. At most times, flamboyant fashion style can have outlandish prints or intense bright colors.


Romantics are often called as hopeless or even incurable, but in reality, she is not looking for romance but is hoping for romance. A romantic is idealistic and often unrealistic. The apparel often includes flowers, hearts, ruffles, flouncing, soft fabrics which have gentle curve lines and accessorizes with lockets and cameos.


People with sophisticated style are not easily satisfied. Similar to classic, these people want high quality. Aside from high quality, distinction and culture polish which is beyond the elegance are needed. People who appreciate sophisticated style are often socialites or want to be one. In fact, these people dream themselves as connoisseurs who value haute culture and luxury.


Traditional fashion style shows the wholesome and sensible “girl next door”. These people’ characteristics are practical, polite and always dress appropriately. Their styles are classic since most of the apparels are time-honored favorites. A girl with this style often wear a plaid flannel shirt or pea coat. She also prefers the classic black dress as long as it suits the occasion.

Glamorous style shows a dazzling look accompanied with refined drama. But it also has a subtle allure, which can be between dramatic style and sexy style. Similar to flamboyant style, the clothes often get everyone’s attention. Most of apparels are deep to bright, however, not really intense. A glamorous style is never complete without diamonds, silk and satin.

Which group are you?

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Where You Born At The Wrong Time?

Did you ever think as a woman that you were born in the wrong time in the wrong generation just because of your body type? 

Living in a tropical area I see women’s young scantily clad bodies every day – everywhere. There are countless faux hourglass figures on tiny little women, tall thin females, all with the biggest breasts and bottoms I have ever seen. They are all flaunting  everything I was hiding as a teenager. Why, oh why, was I born too early with the naturally proportioned right stuff for today’s beauty standards? 

All of this occurred to me as I was standing, daydreaming while Sofi was stopping every three minutes getting her ‘smell fixes’ along the tropical streets in my neighborhood. The wind began to blow, brushing my skirt against my ankles and I started thinking about how I love long skirts and maxi dresses and how as a BoHo style woman I have lived to see myself evolve through so many different fashion phases. 

 I started going back in thought about how throughout the years I have matured to have finally found my own fashion style. I wished, as a young woman, I had had more confidence to dress for myself instead of trying to follow the trends that never fit my body type.  

I grew up in the 40s and 50s and and lived through wearing boy Levi’s that in order to get a size that fit my hips the waist was just ‘genormous’. I had to borrow a belt from my brother, pulling it as tight as I could, resulting in unsightly lumps of bulky blue jean material all around my waist. I weighed only 119 pounds, was 5 foot 7, but I thought I was cursed to have curves in all the wrong places.

Then there were my high school and college years and the pencil skirts. They were the bane of my genetic existence. If you didn’t have a flat derrière you looked ridiculous in a pencil skirt. Every magazine I opened from Vogue to Seventeen had these beautiful girls with flat bottoms looking terrific in their pencil skirts.  

I did side leg lifts while holding onto my dresser and actually bounced on my derrière all around my bedroom hoping to flatten my rear projection so that I could look marvelous in my pencil skirts. Of course nothing worked to alter my genetic hindsight. I wanted to walk backwards everywhere.

Finally the 70’s came to my rescue. Bell bottoms and long vests were in  fashion and saved me a bit, then longer suit jackets and pant suits through the 80’s and 90’s arrived and were flattering to my figure type.

 Those forgiving fashions also got me through my menopause poundage ups and downs. But it really wasn’t until long skirts burst onto the fashion scene that my own sense of style began to awaken. I came out of the closet. I am  a long skirt BoHo woman who has once and for all found her fashion space. And think of it. It only took me about 60 years! 

I can honestly say one great positive thing we can all agree on about getting older is one cares less and less about what other people think and more and more about one’s own comfortable space. 


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