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athletic, rugged, strong, vigorous, “tomboyish”
FABRIC AND TEXTURE
-If you are sturdy, you know you feel right in rough tweeds and herringbones, but you also look good in garbardine, flannel, and serge.
-Most filmy fabrics and sheer cottons are not going to work for you. Imagine yourself twirling around in a frilly summer evening frock!
-Piqué, linen, or seersucker are much better.
COLOR AND PATTERN
-You can wear strong colors–and you enjoy them. They suit your vigorous nature.
-Yet it’s nice to own some pastel sweaters and classics–but just for a change.
-Stripes and plaids appeal to you.
-You are apt to feel overblown in most floral prints.
-Your dressier blouses can have simple but beautifully detailed collars–a fagoted edging, for instance. (I couldn’t find any examples of this for sale, sorry!)
-Your dress up clothes should stress simple lines that introduce some soft details.
-You can bring out some femininity without feeling “prissy”–you just want to avoid extreme ruffles, flounces, and lace inserts.
-Since you are not the flowery type, your hats are trimmed with ribbon, a perky feather, or a simple pom pom.
-Good, simple styling in bags and shoes is important to you.
-Fussy detail and excessive strappings and perforations would bother you.
Remember that these personalities don’t accompany any particular lines or yin/yang balance, archetype, etc. If you have a sturdy clothing preference, you can incorporate these ideas into the clothes that work for you.
Excerpt from Clothing Construction and Wardrobe Planning
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