Sophia 13; Hecate 10: Clothing Reflects Our Life Choices

by Carol Collins
(Orlando area)

I agree with categories assigned by the quetions. I like "simple and elegant" and, at the same time, I enjoy expressing my personal freedom by dressing to please myself.

Age can free us or bind us with chains of our own making. Our clothing reflects our choices.

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Practical Athena Needs Polished Professional Wardrobe Within Her Budget

by Betsy
(North Carolina)

I work full time in a professional environment, so I need to dress like a professional. However, my budget doesn't allow for frivolous expenditures. Sales and value pricing are critical! Also, being in "that stage" of life I have added several pounds in the past year, so the clothes I wore last year no longer fit me. I am in a fashion crisis! I need a few quality basics that I can accessorize to give me multiple outfits.

Hi Betsy -- Here are some pages that may help you:

Basic Wardrobe Planning

Professional women's suits and How to dress professionally by putting together a mix-and-match wardrobe.

This page is devoted to clothes that are less than $50, although sometimes an item slips in that is slightly higher than the one I originally chose, if the store substitutes an item.

Good luck finding the clothes that are right for you.

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Metis with some Aphrodite and Artemis Expresses Her Well-Rounded Personality

by Sallie
(Fort Valley, GA - USA)

I live on a farm out in the country and am considered the crazy cat lady down the road. I spend much time feeding and caring for animals or doing things around the farm, so most of the time I am dressed in jeans and T-shirt. We live in a moderate climate, so winter type clothing is minimal

But when I do go somewhere requiring actual dressing, I like simple but flattering - my shape is somewhat curvy. Sometimes I feel like I want to look like flirty younger woman, but at 64 there is only so far I can go with what I have to work with!

Most of the time I guess I prefer simple clothes that work together and look classic and classy. I enjoy different types of accessories - "costume" jewelry, scarves, the right shoes, etc.

I am the most comfortable in nice jeans with a comfortable shirt, or dressy shirt if the occasion allows it, but I still like dresses and sometimes suits.

There is nothing outstanding about me. I am basically a content wife, mother of twin girls, 28, and a crazy cat lady outdoor lover. I do a little artwork and woodworking.

See why I wear alot of bluejeans?!?!

Hi Sallie --

It sounds like you have a nice, strong sense of self and who you are.

You know, no little personality index like the fashion archetype quiz can trump your inner wisdom.

You have found the perfect combination of clothing to express the many different parts of well-rounded you!

Good for you! Keep going just the way you are.

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Sofia Loves Conservative and Attractive Clothing

Almost 65, retired, on disability, one grown up daughter, limited income, love clothes, dress conservatively but attractively.

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Hecate: Archetype Quiz Nails Her Style

by Cat
(Leesburg, FL)

To a Tee..no pun intended

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Athena and Hecate Are Tied

by Kim
(63143)

Isn't that funny?! But I have to admit that it's true. I can't make-up my mind half the time!

Thank you for letting us know that the archetype quiz correctly identified this odd style couple.

Perhaps as you move from your work life (practical Athena) to your private life (arty, Bohemian Hecate), you express different parts of your identity.

Parsons, Hurley, and Donson have some interesting ideas about how we benefit from expressing the spectrum of our personality traits in Essential Style, Essential Self.

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Practical Athena Blends with Feminine Aphrodite/Baubo and Sophisticated Metis

by Fanci
(California)

I am mostly the Athena personality and am certainly a combination of the other types.

My lifestyle has changed as time has gone by; I stay at home most of the time.

I would like to look nice when I do go out on occasion or for an event or meeting.

I live in Southern California where the weather is beautiful and comfortable 98% of the time. You can plan months a head of what you will wear. I have a curvy figure and a 36D bustline; I am 5'2" and about 20-25 lbs overweight and in my middle 60's.

Hi Fanci -- A wrap or faux wrap dress would be flattering for your figure. This feminine look never goes out of style and is especially nice on women with curves.

Accessorize with a same-color shrug or sweater. Because you are petite in height, avoid vertical color-block outfits that break the horizontal line of your silhouette.

That means that a dark skirt and light sweater will cut your body in half, whereas one-color outfit will create the long, lean lines that are preferred in our culture.

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Athena Is Finding Her Way from Ingenue to Wise Woman

by Jennifer
(Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Canada)

Long ago, I learned the value of creating my own wardrobe uniform.

It used to be a short skirt, T-shirt or turtleneck and long, fitted jacket, personalized with heels, scarf and dangly earrings.

As I grow older, my search is ongoing to find a skirt length that is just right - flattering but not too youthful and not dowdy or frumpy!

I don't want to look like I'm borrowing from my daughter's closet nor from my mother's. My fashion sense and style remains something I receive compliments about.


Hi Jennifer -- I think a good number of us are concerned about our growing middle.

Two ideas came to me as I read your interesting post.

First, sometimes skirt length may be less important than the right style. For example, when I was young and slim, I could wear full skirts with shirred waistline. Now that my hips and waistline are bigger, when I see my behind in a mirror in a full skirt, I shudder.

Try A-line skirts and some well-cut pencil skirts. If you have great legs, show them off.

Second, to camouflage the waistline, we can wear a shirt out and loose-fitting but wider belt to create a feminine silhouette. See the photo of flashy Kali (scroll down left column) for an idea of what I mean.

Semi-fitted princess line dresses and coats are another way to create the illusion of a waistline.

Other choices are artfully placed ruching and wrap or faux wrap dresses.

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