Fantastical Beauty: Style Personality Exercises #1 and #2

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Kati has started posting videos on Fantastical Beauty and other style-related topics to her YouTube channel. Two of the videos she’s posted so far are Style Personality exercises:

Since I’ve been deeply involved in my style personality crisis, despite having my own workbook to help me, I decided to do these to help jog my thought process. (I’ve also started a new pinboard, but that’s private for now.) The first exercise is a series a questions about your preferences to help you see patterns. I’m copying my answers here.

1. Favorite movie
Sunset Boulevard,
Sabrina, and Bonjour Tristesse

2. Favorite Book
Harriet the Spy/The Long Secret

3. Favorite Song
Confetti by Cold Cave

4. Favorite Animal
Cats and dogs

5. Favorite Style Icon
Audrey Hepburn, Jean Seberg, Edie Sedgwick

6. Favorite Cake
Funfetti with vanilla icing

7. Three Words That Describe Your Personality
Smart, creative, bossy

8. Three to Five Words That Describe What You Want to Communicate
Edgy, fun, youthful, smart, stylish

Then you are supposed to go back and add some adjectives for each of your answers and look for patterns. What I found is that I had a heavy 50s and 60s influence, with a playful tomboy/gamine slant, but also just a little bit of edge and darkness, which goes along with what I’ve been thinking. In recent years, I’ve really concentrated on this edgy and dark side, and ignored my love for vintage Gamine style. In high school, my style was heavily influenced by this and I wore a lot of nods to the 60s, especially.

The next exercise is to create a Polyvore set of statement pieces: a coat, a pair of shoes, a pair of pants, a statement necklace, and a blouse. When I was thinking about it, I realized that I don’t really like statement necklaces that much, so I chose a cuff, and then the kind of blouse I like is hard to find, so I chose a coat that I could wear indoors as part of an outfit instead.


I don’t know how successful this Polyvore is at conveying this style idea, but it’s a process.

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3 Comments on Fantastical Beauty: Style Personality Exercises #1 and #2

  1. Sarrah
    May 9, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Thank you for this. I have to tell you, reading about your journey is more illuminating for me than all the books and websites full of “expert” advice. I just joined the figure your season group and I bought the color cards for draping. I’m going to be posting to see what type of feedback I get. It is so helpful to have options other than going to someone and plunking down $300 for advice that may very well be wrong.

    • stylesyntax
      May 9, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you! Word of warning–FMS is a large group with a lot of different opinions and ways of seeing. Don’t let other people’s opinions color what you see in the mirror. There are a lot of people who just love soft seasons on everyone, for example. So it can be a great resource, but you have to be careful regarding whom you listen to and the advice you take to heart.

      • Sarrah
        May 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

        That’s good to keep in mind. Thanks for posting your journey. Maybe I should start blogging about my feelings on this whole subject too. If for no other reason than catharsis.


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