Important note: I have been blogging throughout my process of discovering these systems and how they work. Since some things I have written about in the past I have changed my mind about, so please keep that in mind while reading. I am definitely an amateur and not an expert, so feel free to debate me in the comments!
About the Site
I have a linguistics background (and a linguistics-related job). In linguistics, syntax is the structure, such as grammar. Semantics is how the words we place into these structures interact with one another to create meaning. I see these style systems as structure, as the syntax of our style language, and our personalities (likes, dislikes, style influences, etc.) as the semantics. The syntax you need to make your style work and look good is determined by things like body type, coloring, and the overall impression you give.
Style Syntax is about exploring these things and figuring out how to make them work for you. Style systems are a shorthand for figuring out what the key elements of your style should be. There are lots of them out there, but right now I focus on David Kibbe’s Metamorphosis (for information on this system, please see the Seasonal Color message board and Dressing Your Truth/Four-Type systems. These are the two systems I know best, and the ones that seem to be the most popular. They also focus on more than just “correcting” your figure, and instead try to help you figure out how to bring out your own natural beauty.
Color analysis is obviously also an important part of making your whole look work, and the two go hand in hand. But I feel like color analysis is best left to the experts (see my Resources page), so I only talk about it in terms of my own seasonal analysis.
I got interested in style systems, color analysis, etc. because I was feeling lost, style-wise. Now that I’m in my late 20s, I’ve realized that I really can’t wear Misfits tank tops and skinny jeans from Forever21 every day. I want to develop an adult style that reflects who I am. So Style Syntax also partially focuses on my own experiences, and where I am currently with my style and how I am working with these systems. You can read about about my personal experiences here.
If you need to reach me, you can reach me by email (email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter (@stylesyntax, or Facebook. Thanks for reading!