Metis Sophisticate

by Gloria Champion
(Fruitland New Mexico)

Metis Sophisticate: yes, that is probably right on!

I checked on the next two closest ones and one was
Kali Trendsetter and absolutely, yes, I sometimes have her, too.

I love the fun of that and one I yearn to be more like was my third number Artemis, sports woman

I am curious: what was Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepurn? and Marilyn Monroe? I also loved their
loves and styles.

Thank you.

Hi and thanks for your feedback. Katherine Hepburn is a sporty type. She played golf, sailed, and was very outdoorsy.

Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn are sophisticates. Both often wore designer clothing and were fashion icons of good taste for their generations.

Marilyn Monroe is Aphrodite, the love goddess, with a big dose of bawdy Baubo thrown in.

I hope this helps.

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Sophia Fashion Archetype

by Tina
(Ohio)

Have trouble putting things together.

Hi Tina -- I don't want to ignore your post, but it's hard to respond to one sentence. If you have trouble knowing how to create an outfit, a good way to go is to buy mix-and-match coordinates. Depending on your taste and budget, these are offered by Josephine Chaus, Alfred Dunner, Ralph Lauren, and Jones of New York, in so particular order. You also will find lines at department stores such as Macy's and Penney's with coordinated collections.

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Fashion Archetypes, A Quartet

by Eileen

I fall into four: Athena, Artemis, Hestia and Sophia. Help. Does this mean my split personality has split once again?

I also administer the Myers-Briggs Personality Index. One thing we tell people is that your inner sense of who you are is more accurate than any personality quiz, and the MBI is one of the oldest and most accurate.

Let's look at some of the commonalities of these fashion archetypes. All of them are low on the accessories/ornamentation scale. For Sophia, simplicity is a goal in itself; Artemis and Hestia just can't be bothered. Athena puts practicality and professionalism first, so a lot of ruffles, lace, jewelry and so forth are not her style.

My best guess would be that you are an active woman who cares more about getting things done than how you look doing this. Invest in quality garments with simple lines that flatter your figure to make the most of this blend.

When Artemis and Hestia tempt you to let yourself go, just say No.

I have rewritten all of the fashion archetype style pages to tell a bit more about which style categories overlap and blend and which clash. I do not see any clash in this quartet of preferences.

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Change

by Janice
(New York)

With this version, I score highest on Sophia, with a close Athena second. I took the older version quite a while back, maybe over a year ago, and scored highest on Kali and Metis; this one is much, much easier and, I feel, gives me more of an idea of my fashion style right now (it has been a year of change--an 8 year). This is also how I fit from the descriptions from Bolen's Goddesses in Older Women, although Persephone (Goddesses in Everywoman) was how I spent my 40's and transitioned into my 50's--which are almost over. I think as we change, our styles change, too. At least, for me. Does it for others? Thanks for the new format!

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Metis Fashion Archetype

by tripleJ
(Placentia, CA, USA)

Fashion is an extension of your personality.

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Artemis and Athena

by Kristin L.
(San Jose, CA, USA)

I am 51, female, a psychiatrist in private practice for twenty years, and a lifelong athlete. I also have a strong mother/creative/urbanite streak, but these are lesser "goddesses," if you will.

Fashion has always been a source of fascination for me, yet I shy away from getting too caught up in it for fear I'll lose my credibility, or come off as competitive with other women. I grew up with a mom, dad, and sister, all of whom were competitive and image-conscious.

My work takes me into the realm of the soul. I wish to dress so as to inspire confidence but also to encourage healing and comfort in my patients and family. I know the styles and colors that are the most flattering for me, but I still can fall into a rut. Thanks for listening!

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Metis and Sophia

by Kim
(Texas)

Pretty much sums it up. I enjoy the outdoors. But would rather encounter nature in a city park or on a vacation. I prefer the city streets to nature reserves. I enjoy traveling and must have a wardrobe that can be transformed from place to place event to event.

In my 50s, I'm finding it difficult to just "go to" the styles I depended on when I was in my 30s and 40s. I need my clothes to reflect a more experienced self confident women.

Having an elegant and polished look that gets respect is as important to me as having a look that lets people know I'm approachable and fun.

I love my age. Despite the lumps, bumps, wrinkles and greys. I will not Botox, facelift or boot camp. I practice Bikram Yoga, resistance training with a young sharp PT. I cook. I bake. I eat!

I enjoy tandem biking with my guy and walking with my dog.

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Metis/Sophia

by Victoria LaPorte
(Portland, Oregon, USA)

I have a large collection of clothing spanning a 30-year professional career. My problem is that I need to eliminate garments which are no longer flattering or appropriate for my age and appearance.

My size has not changed. I tend to purchase classic pieces. I rarely have the courage to wear the few 'trendy' garments that I buy. I hope this website can help me define my style, and clean out the closets.

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Athena, Practical and Polished

by Harlene
(Marshfield, MO)

I have recently changed lifestyle demands. I have retired from teaching although, I still substitute. My degree of involvement has lessened dramatically. I find the clothes I needed before are not what I need now.

So, now I look for more casual clothing that can also be worn to work. Also, I look for more comfortable shoes and accessories. Basics are important since I still have some, although very few, social engagements.

On occasion, I must "dress up" what clothes I have. I do like to wear nicer clothes to church. Black and charcoal slacks, simple tops and jackets, and comfortable shoes are the basics.

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Metis, Aprhodite, Kali

by Karen
(Marquette, MI)

I find myself looking for a new career at 50. Weight management has always been an issue for me. Over the past 2 years, I have lost weight and am the thinnest I have been since high school.

I work on getting in better shape, not so flabby. When I look at my wardrobe, I am concerned I look very outdated and boring. I use to enjoy adding accessories and looking unique.

I will need to dress for interviews as well as that new career. How do I find what is best for me now, what will fit my budget and how to keep it easy and fun?

Hi Karen --

What you need depends on what kind of job you are seeking. A chef needs different clothing from a tour guide.

Most of us need a suit. One with both pants and skirt is the best buy, because bottoms tend to wear out faster than jackets.

Your Metis likes high-quality clothing, and a suit that you will wear often is a good investment.

Your Aphrodite suggests that you will want feminine touches. Some of the romantic floral prints on-trend this spring may appeal to you, especially for blouses and shirts.

Your Kali suggests that you like to play with new styles. Some of this may be expressed in your private activities, rather than at work if your environment is conservative such as a bank, many law and accounting firms.

Some pages you may want to read are basic wardrobe planning, suit buying tips -- scroll down the page, and this brief guide on how to wear clothes for older women.

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Archetypes Don't Describe My Style

by Karen
(Ottawa)

I own a Harley Davidson. I live near Ottawa so I can only ride my bike 6 months of the year.

I think in that sense I'm 2 different fashion plates: casual and leathered up in riding season and casual chic in the colder months.

I am semi-retired and looking for new creative consulting options in adult education.

Hi Karen -- You know yourself best. Sorry that the insights are not those that hit the mark for you. Thank you for letting us know.

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