Personality Plus: Sturdy

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athletic, rugged, strong, vigorous, “tomboyish”


-If you are sturdy, you know you feel right in rough tweeds and herringbones, but you also look good in garbardine, flannel, and serge.

Sturdy dress

Prada Beige & Green Herringbone Dress, Ssense, was $2300, now $860

-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.

Sturdy linen dress

Diane Von Furstenburg Striped Linen Wrap Dress,, was $211, now $186


-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.

Sturdy plaid skirt

Women’s Woven A-Line Skirt, Lands’ End, $89.95

Sturdy striped skirt

Versace Multicolor Striped New York Skirt, Ssense, was $1075, now $215

-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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3 Comments on Personality Plus: Sturdy

  1. Silverroxen
    December 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve finally figured out how to describe my style. I knew classic or preppy wasn’t quite the right word. Sturdy with a touch of vivacious seems to be what I’m working towards.

    • stylesyntax
      December 23, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      Do you like the name “sturdy”? I’m trying to come up with something that expresses the same idea because I’m not sure if people would find it flattering.

      • Silverroxen
        December 24, 2019 at 11:11 am

        I do like the name sturdy, I can see why people wouldn’t like it though. On the otherhand I can’t think of a word that could replace it. You’ve already listed synonyms for it and the related words don’t quite fit (e.g. durable, stable) imo.


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