Recently, I was working with a client who came to me for help with her professional wardrobe. She was in her early 30’s, working in a corporate setting, and was feeling frustrated with how she looked. She wasn’t sure how to dress her body type, and said she was in a style rut. Neutral colored tops with black pants were mostly what she had been wearing, and she was feeling uninspired.
We first found her to be a True Spring (which she was excited about), and then a Yang Natural. When she learned that she was YangN, I could see she was disappointed. When I asked her why, she said, “The bohemian look just isn’t me, it’s not my style. I would never want to wear that”.
I’ve heard women of every archetype say some version of this. Usually it’s because they have a stereotypical idea of what their type looks like. Sure that stereotype is one version, but every archetype has many different variations and style interpretations. Your archetype shouldn’t feel like a box of strict rules. It should be a set of guidelines that gives you the freedom to express yourself and your personality. Once she understood that, her fears were somewhat mitigated, and we set out to work on discovering what her version of True Spring Yang Natural would look like.
She had an effervescent energy to her coloring, that begged for warm, vibrant colors, and a statuesque build that commanded attention. In the past she’d worn mostly Yin Classic looks. While those dainty & timelessly feminine styles still appealed to her, she knew they weren’t capturing her physical essence and were making her appear larger than she actually was. She wanted to feel confident and comfortable in her clothes, and to not be tugging and adjusting them all day long. She wanted to look approachable and friendly, but polished and sophisticated. Her clothes should communicate a sense of creativity & energy, and she wanted to be modern and fresh, without looking too young.
Together we came up with an interpretation that suited her physicality, personality, & lifestyle; the Urban Muse. A clean, sophisticated take on YangN, using large scale pieces over sleek silhouettes to communicate drama, and luxe, draped fabrics to give her freedom of movement. She was wary of prints at first, but eventually came around to them. They added some of the interest and whimsy she craved, especially strategic pops of unique and artistic prints in accessories. Her color palette offered a landscape of lush greens & corals, bright aquas & blues, & energetic warm reds for an overall vibrant closet that would mix and match beautifully together.
Our coloring and physicality are not things we can change. We are who we are. Our season & archetypes aren’t meant to limit and paralyze us, they’re meant to give us the freedom and knowledge to dress with confidence. We are each a unique collection of dreams, thoughts, emotions, fears & aspirations, and our style within our season & archetype should be just as unique to communicate who we are to the world.