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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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SilverroxenDecember 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.Reply
stylesyntaxDecember 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.
SilverroxenDecember 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.