Jun 30, 2013

Some More Outfits for Project 333 in Reverse

OOTD June 28 - Day off, To an Indian restaurant

OOTD June 29 - Full Day Teaching

OOTD June 30 - Full Day Teaching

OODT June 19 - Full Day Teaching

Jun 28, 2013

I'm a T4.t1 But I Like to Dress T4.t3 @_@~~!!

So recently, I came across a DYT video and it pretty much confirmed that what Carol typed me as is true.

I thought I was a T2 like the woman in the video, but I am actually a T4.t1. My MBTI is ENTP and my Enneagram is 7. So they all sort of line up.

But when I look at stuff I wear, I hardly wear any secondary 1 energy! I tend to do more secondary 3 energy with points, angles, and triangles...

I was reading Jane Rekas's blog today and found some great Polyvores she put together. If you need visual aid for knowing your types and tones, Jane has awesome Polyvores and Pinterest boards! 

So if you are a Type 4, take a look at these secondary profiles and visual aids...

Type 4 Dominant - type 1 secondary

In the videos Carol and Anne say bring in a little bit of *animation* and a little bit of *bling* if you have the secondary 1 energy. But you are not supposed to wear T1 colors.

Dominant Type 4 - type 2 secondary

Secondary 2s can wear longer necklaces, more flowy details, softer fabrication. More draping and scarves will be great for them.

Type 4 Dominant - secondary 3 energy

Secondary 3s like to wear edgier design lines, more points and angles, with chunkier textures or substantial even more emboldened designs. I guess they'd be the Dramatics in Kibbe.

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Anyway, I'm becoming less bothered about having these 'uncorrelated' stuff regarding fashion/psychology/energy. I've learnt a lot about myself during this whole journey. Being a Type 4, as Carol touts repeatedly, means even if Carol told me I'm a T4-t1, I won't be the kind of person who'll just take her words for it. Which is true. :-) 

I couldn't just take what she said and settle for it. I chose to explore more on my own; I like it that way. I need to be in charge and spell things out for myself. And the whole figuring out (read, go into total T4 analysis mode) is what makes the exploration worthwhile.

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I think this is where the contention that exists between FFS and DYT. And for now, I think one must think and decide for themselves which path to take.

Carol Tuttle in Dressing Your Truth (DYT) believes that, a) women's lives can be improved by knowing our dominant energy types, b) the types are more about your *movement* and how energy *moves through you* rather than your 'personalities' as those can change, and c) it helps for us to dress true to our dominant energy types and present that aspect in our visual presentation of ourselves, as that will help others understand us better, and expect the things of us which are true to who we are on the inside.

Fashion Feng Shui on the other hand believes that, a) everyone has their dominant elements which are seen in their bodies as well as their spirit selves, b) there is also a third aspect called your 'Intention' which you can choose to enhance and play up in your life regardless of what your physical or naturally bestowed spirit may be.

You can read more about FFS on Jane Rekas's blog: http://expressingyourtruth.blogspot.kr/p/fashion-feng-shui.html

I think with my strong T4 and t1 energies, I really need a little more flexibility than what DYT prescribes. I do love DYT in that it really taught me to create a totally cohesive look; I loved learning that in order to have that 'Look' you need to make the right choices for EVERY aspect of your attire. Not just clothes. Not just hair. Not just makeup. Not just accessories. Not just jewelry. The whole has to work together to create one clear statement. And in that regards, I think DYT really serves thousands of women to dress better, not just to feel great, but to look well put together. 

I've always struggled with limiting myself to ONE of anything. My Magpie Instinct has me running all over the place, chasing after novelty, although despite the wide array of stuff I collect in my ever expanding wardrobe, I will still strive to look 'clean' and dress 'adequately comfortable.'

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To try and understand the disconnect between me being T4.t1 yet liking to dress in T4.t3 energy, maybe it is the Type 1 in me that just prefers 'Trendy' clothing and fashion which for this season coincided with a lot of the edgier more Tribal jewelry and accents.

The more disturbing explanation would be that I'm a closeted secondary 3, where my secondary is actually 3 but I've been judged for it in my FOO or culture, so I don't feel safe to embrace it?

Since my stylistic preferences keep changing it'd be hard to tell until after the trend is over! 

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To wrap it up, I'm still plodding on with whittling down my List of 18 Fashion Types to a Final Contender. I've chosen 4 keywords by now. The other 14 didn't fit me at all. That was the easy part. (***The 18 Strangers concept is by Carol Foster and you can read my blog post on it below.)

My List of Contenders are...

For now, I'm pretty much sold that I'm doing a Dramatic with some Trendy thrown in. I've been a dramatic all my life, although I'm not too happy with the word 'dramatic' sound too much like 'drama queen' -- I just like things clean, simple, uncluttered. 

When I was younger, with less resources, less idea about myself, I think I tried to be more 'Classic' but I was clueless about accessories. I didn't know and still don't know how to blow dry my hair, I don't think I owned any vests or belts.

I've just recently (in the past 2 years that is) begun to explore the more diverse aspects of fashion and style. So now I am more into trying trendy stuff. I think I tried to meet my Secondary T1 needs by going the Trendy Route. 

Reading though, the above 18 types, I think the Spontaneous part of me might be closer to Flamboyant rather than Trendy. I think trendy runs the risk of adding too much on. And it seems less Bold. Less fresh. Compared to Flamboyant.

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Having said that, I think those are all great but there's always a part of me that yearned for 'More' and while in the past that 'More' was something closer to 'Glamorous' and 'Alluring' I think these days, my thing is something 'Edgy/sexy' or I guess from the type given here, it's that 'Foxy' quality. I've always wanted that. Just didn't know how to embrace it and allow it, or justify it.

On the one hand, I know that even these gorgeous women are exactly like us mere mortals with all our flaws and gravity-subjected flesh. So I know wanting this is probably not such a practical nor realistic thing, maybe even not such a healthy thing. Especially since these women who look so hot and foxy are Plastic Barbies.

Well. There you have it.
I'm going out for some Indian food to treat myself before a work weekend.


See ya Fashion Reader!


xoxo Jessica

Working Your Project 333 BACKWARDS!!!

For those of you who struggle to *edit* or *curate* your wardrobe down to 33 items will LOVE this idea! Here's what Sarah Ferrigan in our Project 333 group shared the other day:
I'm choosing my 33 in a backward fashion! I started with an empty closet on the first of June. I stuck a numbered sheet on the door and I am adding my favourites as I wear them. I will stop adding when I get to 33.

I think this is a great idea for people who have strong P's. It is said that, "All Ps struggle with organization and maintaining order but ENTPs find it particularly hard. Their brain is so preoccupied with abstract ideas and possibilities that order and practical arrangements are a major challenge." -- Carol Craig, 2001 for ENSPIRE, UK.)

The same I believe will be true for those who have strong T1 in DYT; as Carol explained, T1s see possibilities and ideas. They think they can be ALL types! They find it hard to choose.

Here are my outfits from this week:

June 24, Monday, Teaching full time

June 25, Tuesday, Teaching full time

June 26, Wednesday, Teaching full time

June 27, Thursday, Teaching half day

I didn't realize how much blues and blacks I was wearing actually! But I do usually default to them :-)

18 Strangers: Understanding Fashion Types - by Carol Foster

Hi readers! :-) I came across a comprehensive list of 'fashion types' or 'style personalities' which really made sense to me. Most books and blogs tend to *minimize* and condense their list to 5 or 6 groups, some to 8 or 10. I remember a long time ago, I bought the Lucky Manual Guide to Mastering Any Style which had the 10 groupings, thinking that it would really help me figure out my dominant style; but it didn't fully resolve anything for me. I am now working from the 18 types described below; I have about 4 types I think could be really great for me. OK! Hope this list inspires and clarifies your Style Signature! Namaste~~ xoxo Jessica.

18 Strangers: Understanding Fashion Types
by Carol Foster *

The "fashion type" is a commonly misunderstood concept that is truly less complicated than it often seems. The truth is that fashion types are rather straightforward and not difficult at all and in fact an understanding of fashion types will actually simplify your wardrobe, shopping, etc. Perhaps more important, understanding fashion types enhance your enjoyment of clothing. Your wardrobe becomes more expressive of your personality, and you are better able to achieve that elusive "pulled-together" look.

What Are Fashion Types?

All apparel can be grouped according to similarities in color, fabric, pattern, style line, and other details. These groupings form looks that share a common theme and can be said to have a "personality" based on the non-verbal meanings they convey.

The term "fashion type" refers to common groups of personality traits which also correspond to specific fashion themes. A fashion type can be thought of as a caricature or character sketch describing a personality that will be drawn to one fashion theme. For instance, if you are an Arty fashion type, you will be drawn to Arty themes in your apparel whether you are conscious of it or not.

The eighteen major fashion types I have identified are described below. They might have been arranged in many ways, as each is similar in some respects, but I have listed them in alphabetical order. Remember that these fashion types are merely sketches, not detailed character studies. Read through each of them as if they were characters in a play or motion picture production, and imagine that you are the wardrobe director. For each character, try to get a feel for their personality and then ask yourself, "how would I dress this person?"

As the name suggests, Arty is a creative thinker, if not necessarily a genuine artist. Arty's wardrobe is her canvas, and her clothes express her love of picturesque and inventive artistic themes. Just as art has its various schools, Arty's unique aesthetic values can exhibit a range of tastes, from brooding value studies to showy kaleidoscopic abstractions. Arty eschews the conventional in favor of the unique, and though she might wear a mass-produced Mona Lisa T-shirt, she cherishes the true uniqueness of hand crafted items. Sometimes she goes as far as to make her own clothing and accessories, and often to embellish store-bought items to suit her tastes and make the common uncommon.

Like Arty, Bohemian displays artistic interests and resists convention, but Bohemian exhibits a strong preference for certain Exotic textures and patterns. The free-spirited Bohemian borrows elements from the stock gypsy look with its head scarves, peasant blouses, multiple chains, and intricate patterns, or also from "hippy" ponchos and tie-dye-and-jeans looks. Bohemian's inherent contradiction is her traditional non-traditionality. She wants to horrify squares with iconoclastic apparel, but she defies custom in a customary manner, with a characteristic flavor that fellow free thinkers will understand and appreciate.

Though the term "chic" is often synonymous with "fashionable" or "trendy," the Chic fashion type has her own code of aesthetic criteria that rule out many fashion trends and almost all fads. While Chic is aware of fashion, and is most certainly never unfashionable, she relies heavily on Classic looks, stylishly emboldened for a look that is smart and striking, even if the current fashion is anything but. Chic combines well-tailored garments and well-chosen accessories in restrained, elegantly bold compositions. She has an eye for clean, sharp lines, and strong colors - intense, but never garish.

Although Classic may appear at ease and comfortable, she does not insist on comfort -- she insists on quality, in time-honored styles such as navy blazers and button-down blouses. Impeccable tailoring and quality fabric provide her a sense of permanence. Formal balance and clean, uncluttered lines provide her a sense of stability. Most of all, Classic gains a quiet confidence by upholding her refined, stable standards of music, architecture, dress, etc., and her simple elegance and tasteful moderation are immune to changing contemporary tastes.

The Dramatic fashion type is striking, theatrical, often over-the-top, but carefully coordinated, like a movie poster: memorably bold, slick and sleek in black and white and vivid primary colors, with clean, well-defined lines, strong focal points, high contrast and... high impact! Dramatic understates nothing and sometimes tends to the sensational or melodramatic. There is no mystique to Dramatic, who tells her bigger-than-life tale with broad strokes and a grand flourish.

The term "exotic" denotes something foreign and strikingly and excitingly different, and Exotic Fashion Types relish the most intriguing and mysterious curiosities the world has to offer. Exotic may be a traveler (or only wish), or may have imported her native exotica from another land. She eats exotic food, listens to exotic music, and surrounds herself with rich, smoky colors, long, flowing lines, elaborate beading and embroidery, mysteriously ornate patterns, iridescent textures, jungle prints, paisleys, mosaics, etc., in her home decor and in her dress (often in combinations alien to the Western eye), and typically accessorizes with a bedazzling profusion of shiny bracelets and other jewelry.

Flamboyant is the vivacious cousin of Dramatic, also prone to flashy display, but for the sheer spontaneous fun of it, rather than the more studied theatrics of Dramatic. Flamboyant is outgoing and energetic, and so is her wardrobe: Asymmetrical or exaggerated flouncing, fringe, or other design elements, multi-colored, splashy - even outlandish - prints, and intensely bright colors grab and hold the attention Flamboyant craves.

Foxy is perceptive and self-assured, with Gamine's facile candor, Chic's poised flair, and Sexy's irrepressible magnetism (not to mention Bohemian's disdain for the ordinary and conventional), a volatile combination of traits held together with a generous measure of Foxy's inimitable quick wit, street smarts, and shrewd realism. Foxy is a city girl who's comfortable in spandex or motorcycle leathers or both and doesn't particularly care what you think about it. In a word, Foxy has attitude.

The word "gamine" literally means "urchin," as in a homeless girl who roams city streets, but like a female Oliver Twist, it is her resilient spirit and impish appeal that characterizes Gamine's fashion personality. Gamine is honest and straightforward, but also fun-loving, energetic, and even downright spunky. Her colors are bold but not loud. Her style lines are simple but not austere. And Gamine is active, so her clothes are practical and comfortable.

Glamorous dazzles with a refined drama and a subtle allure that transcends both Dramatic and Sexy. Like Flamboyant, Glamorous grabs your attention, but with an aura of subdued excitement. She doesn't shout - she whispers. She wears colors that draw the eye without tiring it, deep to bright, but not intense. Silk and satin - and of course, diamonds - are a Glamorous girl's best friends.

Earthy, uncomplicated, and approachable are all words that describe Natural. She is relaxed and at ease, and so are her clothes. Even her hair (possibly windblown) and makeup (minimal to nonexistent) exude her carefree, often outdoors-y manner. Nubby weaves and heavily textured knits, durable denims, suedes, and leathers, earth tones, and natural materials such as wood and seashells typify the Natural's wardrobe and her down-to-earth disposition. Natural may be an environmentalist or perhaps an animal rights activist (in which case she will avoid leather!).

Often called a "hopeless"or "incurable" romantic, the Romantic type is not looking for a cure. She's looking for romance. Quiet, gentle, and wistful, Romantic is a dreamer. She is idealistic, often to the point of being unrealistic, and cherishes all the fanciful nostalgia and exalted trappings of idealized romantic love. Delicate hearts and flowers, flouncing and ruffles, and soft fabrics in gently curved lines are part and parcel of the Romantic's wardrobe, the sentimentality often underscored with lockets and cameos.

Sexy dresses almost exclusively for the purpose of turning mens' heads, often to the annoyance of every other woman around. Her flirtatious apparel (or relative lack thereof) is selected for maximum exposure, and Sexy always delights in stopping traffic by pushing the envelope. Sexy may bare a lot of skin, or wear tight, form-fitting tops and bottoms that "leave little to the imagination," and is often willing to go to extraordinary lengths for greatest impact: excruciating stiletto heels, skirts too tight or short to sit in, etc.

The discriminating taste of the Sophisticate is not easily satisfied. Like Classic, she requires high quality, but more than that, she craves distinction, and a cultured polish beyond mere elegance or appropriateness. She is a socialite, or wants to be, and fancies herself a connoisseur. As such, she values haute couture (within the bounds of good taste) and the luxury it represents.

Sporty may be a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer, a gymnast, or at least a dedicated fitness enthusiast. She requires freedom of movement, and her garments must provide this with a functional flair and durable materials and design. Like Natural, Sporty generally chooses a carefree hairstyle and little to no makeup. She'll dispense with any accessories that get in the way of her active lifestyle.

The Traditional type is the sensible, wholesome "girl next door." She is practical and polite, and seems to have a knack for dressing appropriately. The styles she wears are classic in the sense that they are time honored favorites, whether the designs themselves fit the Classic mold or not. She is as comfortable in a pea coat or a plaid flannel shirt as in a classic black dress - as long as her apparel suits the occasion.

What's hot? Trendy is! Whatever the latest fad or fashion, Trendy is on top of it. She knows what to buy and how to wear it, and is quick to discard anything the least bit out-of-date. Trendy is less concerned with the actual appearance of the garments themselves than she is with their modernity. If it's current, it's good, and if it's not, it's obsolete.

Steeped in the enduring cowboy themes of the American West and Southwest, the Western fashion personality may live or work on a ranch, participate in rodeo, or just wish she did. Whether she is a cowgirl who tends to Natural, or a rodeo queen with all the ostentatious Western sparkle of a country music star, she demonstrates a shrewd practicality and a straight-talking authenticity. Western is active and she and her clothes work hard, but she also knows how to relax.

Dress Rehearsal
Did you know how to dress these people? Did you recognize any of them? Though some of these sketches are rather exaggerated, they will generally call to mind real people you have met. Perhaps you even recognized bits of yourself!

Depending on your personal style, you will most likely have been drawn to one or another or even several of the fashion types described. You may have a strong sense of your favorites. Sexy types have a relatively easy time zeroing in on their fashion type, perhaps because so much emphasis is placed on it in fashion (and other) magazines. Romantic types also rarely have doubts about their type or how to achieve their look.

Some of the other types are not as easy, though. Also, it's not unusual to be drawn to more than one fashion type. One or more will "feel right" to you, while most others won't. Some fashion types will be expressive of your personality, and others won't. Since you are a real live multi-dimensional person and not a character sketch, you don't have to restrict your wardrobe to any one specific look.

Nevertheless, I strongly advise that you do restrict your outfits to one specific look. It is possible to successfully blend related themes in one outfit but, by and large, different themes simply don't "go" with one another. Take an outfit consisting of a paisley head scarf, a billowing crinkle cloth shirt topped with a smart Chanel jacket and charming handmade ceramic beads, a short red skirt with a tooled leather western belt, fishnet stockings, pink Mary Janes, and a canvas gym bag. It's a ridiculous example, of course, but the point is that while variety in your wardrobe can be a good thing in moderation, individual outfits must have one dominant theme (and perhaps a twist of another subordinate theme) lest they become a hopeless hodgepodge. Not only does it clash visually, if what you're wearing is a form of non-verbal communication, wearing a hodgepodge is the non-verbal equivalent of babbling incoherently.

All Together Now!
The sense of all colors and fabrics and textures and lines and moods working in harmony with you is the essence of the pulled-together look, and it follows that any extraneous mismatched items will detract from it. Using fashion types as an organizing principle helps keep you on track.

When you are shopping for clothing, there are a thousand and one objectives clamoring for your attention, few of which have anything to do with your fashion personality. You need something for work. You need something that fits. You need something that flatters. You need something to wear with something else. You need something affordable.

When you were playing wardrobe director, you didn't have to worry about any of these things. You didn't know how tall or short the characters were, or care how much anything cost. You were able to tap into your native ability to interpret the language of dress, and depict personalities in that language.

Now that you've created eighteen looks for eighteen complete strangers, you can do the same for yourself even without a Hollywood budget. You can be your own wardrobe director. Simply start with your favorite fashion type and let it guide you to those harmonious items that tell your story. Everything still has to suit your coloration, your figure, and your budget. The point is, if something doesn't first suit your personality, why bother with it?

* Carol Foster is a Style and Wardrobe consultant with more than twenty years in the industry. She is the editor of MyPersonalStyle.com and Personal Style Update.


Jun 25, 2013

Back Post: My Project 333 Cycle 1 Experience

A new friend of mine asked about my experience with Project 333, so I'm posting this ad lib. The BEST part of doing 333 was how clean and spacious my closet looked!

The biggest CHALLENGE that came with doing 333 was the sheer agony of *choosing* the 33. Being a T4-t1, the T4 in me wants *Perfection* and my t1 wants *Endless Possibilities* - which you can imagine is kind of like going for both Quality & Quantity in a way. The t1 in me gets bored or sick of things easily, while my T4 likes wearing a Perfect 10 outfit repeatedly. So it was a mixed bag of feelings for me to experience the first cycle of doing Project 333.

It did come as a surprise though, that there were items I didn't wear at all from the 33. Some of my weekend items didn't get worn more than twice. The tricky part though came after about 5 weeks into the program. The weather started to change and I kept changing items to other items or bought new things, and I got lost for a little bit, trying to keep track of my total 33!

Still, I felt a deep sense of accomplishment to push myself outside of my comfort zone! And I liked the feeling of slight tension for trying out something so novel! Other surprises along the way were, a) nobody ever said anything about me wearing the same clothes repeatedly, b) I tried new outfit combos switching out different colored layering tank tops to create new looks so those tank tops really mattered during this period, and c) I was surprised how little accessories I could get by with!, and d) I relished the feeling of complete control of my closet each morning, feeling like I was opening the doors to my own little collection, my own pre-selected clothes, my own boutique of sorts!

My 33 items for Fall 2012
October / November / December

1. Brown Prada jacket
2. Dark navy suit jacket
3. Black man2man top
4. Black long sleeve shirt
5. Black/white iced blouse
6. Yellow knit
7. Black V knit
8. Light weight bl. cardigan
9. Black camisole sheen
10. Blue T shirt (LOVE)
11. White typo T shirt long
12. White tank tee
13. Black tank tee
14. Neon pink tank tee
15. Purple/white stripe tank
16. Black jeggings
17. Black jeans
18. Dark denim jeans
19. Faux print leggings
20. Black H line skirt
21. Bl/Wh striped skirt
22. Bl/Wh knit skirt
23. White beaded t shirt
24. Wh/red flowerprint t
25. Black patent shoes
26. Black mary janes
27. White loafers
28. Black/white Converse
29. Black bag
30. Sunglasses
31. Umbrella
32. Necklace silver/black
33. Earrings blue/silver

Now that I know I'm a T4-t1 and with the insights from Into-mind.com I am re-working my wardrobe. As my friend said this past weekend though, trying to impose a 'rule' over my t1 seems futile. I still want to find something that works for me. One limit I really want to impose is one regarding 'space' -- my clothes take up so much space. I get bored with my clothes so quickly, unless it is that special item that I love to bits which I'll wear over and over again. OK. More on that later... Progress Not Perfection!! :-)

Have a lovely day!



Jun 18, 2013

[Summer 2013] Becoming *Teacher Chic*

As I've shared below, I'm thoroughly enjoying Into Mind's suggestions and insights!
Here are some of my process pics so far...


Et voila! This is how far I've gotten so far in the process...

I might start working on taking pics of what I have in my wardrobe next...
And see how many of these outfits I can make!

The Module Approach as a base and a Set Approach for special occasions seem to be my combination, but I might try a Dozen Formula (4 jackets/4 tops/4 bottoms) to keep things simple...

Somewhere in there, there's gotta be styles for hair/accessories/jewelry/shoes/nails!

OK. Gotta go now.




3 Approaches to Defining Your Wardrobe & Developing a Color Palette For Your Wardrobe & Refine Your Style and Upgrade Your Wardrobe

Dear readers!

A member of our Project 333 group shared this AMAZING website today, and I just HAVE TO share this with you!!

It's kind of like a DREAM COME TRUE for me, to read this new blog; it explains with great depth and clarity in a way that is truly systematic and well thought-out, on how to edit and  create your *Curated* wardrobe!

I've begun to follow Ms. Rees's suggestions and having so much fun! My brain is in heaven!

Here are the top 3 blog postings I am reading and implementing right now...

To read about her 3 methods and approaches to a wardrobe read this:

Yes! I've posted on my own blog about color palettes, but I've always had trouble narrowing down my choices... Here, she beautifully explains how to do that!! :-)

By now, I'm thinking she must be a *Genius* as this post is Uber-Insightful!!! MUST READ!!

Wishing you a lovely cool Summer this year!

Oh, I've started some new boards during the process of working through her suggestions; I've made my color clusters, and I've also thought about my lifestyle needs as a *Teacher* which is shedding a lot of practical wisdom for finalizing my Summer capsule or Project 333 items...





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