The Sophisticated Cheat Sheet is now available at Personality Squared. Check out the Pinterest board to see if Sophisticated is right for your Comfort Zone, Core, or Aspiration.
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I have a new video up this week, all about the Introduction to Metamorphosis:
Please check out my channel; I’ll be going through the entire book up to the quiz (the parts that weren’t put online). I think this video series will really help people understand the Kibbe system beyond “This is my body and this is what I should put on it.”
I also have completed the Cheat Sheet for the Sporty Personality Squared type as well. If the Pinterest board appeals to you, Sporty might just be your Comfort Zone, Core, or Aspiration.
Thank you for your support of my YouTube channel and Personality Squared! I’m really excited to finally have the time to work on these projects that have been in my head for so long.
I’ve spun off Personality Squared into its own website! Please check it out, and be on the lookout for more Personality Squared content being added to that site. 🙂
The first cheat sheet is now available! This cheat sheet is all about Edgy, my own Personality Squared Core type. It gives information on how Edgy is added to your style, how to tell whether it’s your Core, Comfort Zone, or Aspiration, and influences to look at.
I’m also offering all eight Cheat Sheets for $35, and each subsequent Cheat Sheet will be sent as it becomes available (I am working on a schedule of one a week right now), which means you’ll get one free.
Check out the workbook as well, and see Edgy on Pinterest.
A few years ago, I saw the movie Bonjour Tristesse. I fell in love with Jean Seberg’s outfits in that movie. It inspired my aesthetic for some time.
I loved a lot of her looks in the movie, but this chic Givenchy dress occupied a special place in my fashion dreams:
So back in 2018, I had a special occasion to go to, and I found a dress by Gal Meets Glam that was clearly modeled on it:
When I found it, I was so excited. Having a dress that was at least somewhat a facsimile of the original seemed almost too good to be true. The skirt was different, and the fabric and color were as well, but the part that I really loved–the chic, geometric bodice–was there.
When I wore it, however, I just didn’t feeling like myself. I paired it with a pearl bracelet, and while the outfit worked together, I felt separate from it. At the time, I wondered if I was just a little old for the look (I was 31 at the time).
But what I should have done is take my own advice. At the time, I had created my own archetype, Grown-up Punk, based on the style statement exercise in my old workbook. There is nothing about this look that says “Grown-up Punk,” no matter how much it appeals to me on paper. I have since further developed this exercise into Personality Squared, and now I really understand why it felt off–and it has nothing to do with my age.
My Personality Squared combination is Sophisticated-Sporty-Edgy. I could see an argument for the clean lines of the dress being Sporty, but otherwise, the fabric, print, and bow detail are all Pretty, and the design line is perhaps more Playful. Playful is not something I’m opposed to as long as the Sophisticated-Sporty-Edgy combo is still coming through, since when I was younger my combination was Playful-Sporty-Edgy, but I have to be careful with it if I want to feel like myself. In this dress, I just felt like I was trying to be someone I’m not.
What would a dress that felt more like me look like? I think the original Givenchy dress would have worked a lot better. The black would have made it more Edgy, as opposed to the very Pretty color and style of the one I have. The skirt also made more of a statement, so even though there is still a Playful element to the design line, I think that it is also a design line that speaks to my FG clothing needs, and it would look chic on me.
But there is another dress that has occupied a place in my mind for many years, and it’s this Prabal Gurung dress Diane Kruger wore:
Now that I have identified myself as Sophisticated-Sporty-Edgy, I see exactly why I love this dress so much. The bold color choices work for both Sophisticated and Sporty, the clean lines are Sporty, and the overall design is Sophisticated. Edgy comes through in the black, but I could add more of an Edgy quality with accessories featuring studs, for example.
There was a time on this blog where I was exploring my style and trying to make myself fit into the style types I had decided suited my physicality, rather than looking at what I actually liked to wear and felt like myself in. I knew why things felt off for me from a Flamboyant Gamine perspective, and why, once I went with 4/3 instead of 3/4, from a Dressing Your Truth perspective, but now I also understand from the perspective of my inner world, and what feels like “me.”
You can find out more about Personality Squared and purchase the workbook here, and I’ve also started a YouTube channel. You can also find me on Facebook and on Instagram @stylesyntax.
I have completed all the Pinterest boards for Personality Squared. Personality Squared is something I’ve been turning around in my own head ever since the Personality Plus series went up, and it’s been gratifying to me that the responses I’ve had so far are that not only is it easy for people to grasp, but they can see how they can apply it to their own style.
If you missed my last post on the subject, Personality Squared is a style system that relies not on what you look like, but rather what you’re drawn to and what feels like “you.” It can be overlaid onto other systems that do take your physical appearance into account, helping you to retain the individuality and self-expression that we sometimes lose when we focus on our own personal Dos and Don’ts. You have up to three main types, and each of these types is applied to your style in a particular way according to the function it plays for you. You can see the types in the boards linked below, and the system itself is introduced in the workbook, the purchase of which also includes membership in a Facebook group where I can provide feedback to you.
Which is your favorite? Which do you relate to the most?
This has been a halfway-secret project I’ve been working on for some time. 🙂
After I published the original workbook, I quickly realized that the part of that workbook that people had the most questions about was the section where I had you come up with your own style archetype. As we work with systems that show us our best colors and styles based on our physicality (our “Syntax”), it can be difficult to maintain our individuality and self-expression in our style. My interest in not in typing people, or telling them what to wear–it’s helping them in their journey to feel like themselves while still showing the world the best selves (our “Style”).
I enjoyed sharing Personality Plus with you a few years back because it was a system based simply on what you like to wear and what expresses who you are. It has nothing to do with your physical appearance. Based on this system, I created an updated version, called Personality Squared. This system includes eight types, based on different style personalities: Pretty, Sporty, Sophisticated, Elegant, Edgy, Playful, Free-Spirited, and Glamorous. You can have up to three, used in a specific combination to guide you in your style choices.
The Style Syntax Personality Plus and Wardrobe Planning Workbook, which also features a section on using the Three Levels of Dress to plan your wardrobe, is now live. I am offering consultations in this system as well (although I just help you decide for yourself and answer questions, not type you!), as well as a private Facebook group for people who have purchased the workbook. Please check it out. 🙂
I am so excited to finally share this with you, and I can’t wait to see people using it and having it help them find themselves in their style! I am in the process of creating Pinterest boards for all seven types, but in the meantime, you can check out the Pinterest board I started for my own combination, Sophisticated-Sporty-Edgy, and Pretty, Sophisticated, Sporty, and Playful.
P.S.: If you filled out the Google Form to receive updates on the upcoming workbook, please check your email!