Trend Setter Wonders if Kali Is Her True Fashion Archetype

by Bonnie
(Phoenix, AZ)

I took the quiz and I came out all over the place. I am older and heavy, but my biggest number was Kali, trend setter.

I can't get away with being a trend setter, but I like to be in the newer fashions.

I am confused, because the other numbers are only a point or 2 less, except for domestic goddess and sports woman. That part is accurate, because that I am NOT.

Does this mean I am confused about my style, or that I can get away with different looks based on the occasion and my mood?

Enid's response: Bonnie, if you love new looks, Kali sounds right on target for you.

It also does sound as if you are talented at adapting your style to the occasion and your mood, as you point out.

You might take a look at my review of
Essential Style, Essential Self. Parsons and her co-authors emphasize that we achieve style balance by integrating a mix of preferences to bring out different personality characteristics.

One thing I've noticed when administering a personality test to my students is that people often feel confused until I suggest, "Answer according to your real preferences -- not how you behave to fulfill society's expectations."

For example, how would you dress if you won the lottery and never had to report in to a job again? What do you wear on weekends and when no one is looking? What do you secretly crave to wear but think you can't pull off?

These answers can help us uncover our hidden wild woman or diva who would love to get more of our style attention. (I would wear Christmas ornaments in my hair!)

Thank you for your interesting and informative analysis of how the quiz turned out for you.

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It's a Tie! Sophia and Athena

by Mavis
(Alberta,Canada)

If you put the personalities together,you have me!

I mostly dress like Sophia,but when I travel or go into a city, I dress like Athena.

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Athena Myth Inspires Classy and Classic Style For Wisdom-Seeker

by Catherine
(South Carolina)

I am an Athena with Aphrodite and Metis coming in at a close 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Even though I am 61, many think I am in my 40s possibly because I have purposely tried to stay youthful.

I went back to college in 2000 and graduated in 2006. This allowed me to update my skills as well as my outlook at life.

I maintained my core life values while accepting new ways to view possible solutions of old problems.

I was a little bored this Friday night so on a whim decided to Google "fashion trends for older women". I had already been perusing fall trends and New York Fashion Week, and found this web site interesting.

I feel I still help picking trends that will look well on me as well as finding accessories that will tie my outfits together.

I look forward to upcoming newsletters.

Enid's Reply:

I went back to school at age 47 and stayed to earn three degrees. Brava, Catherine!

Being around young people and staying open to new ideas is a real plus as we age, in my humble opinion.

I love learning about whether the archetype quiz captures readers' style. Thank you.

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A Tie: Baubo & Artemis with Sophia Third by 1 point

by Sherry Miller
(Dallas, Texas, USA)

I see it now and it makes perfect sense! At first, this three-way split confused me. But having read and viewed and thought, it fits together wonderfully well.

I am, now, have been dressing in the Artemis style. Sneakers, chukka boots, chinos for work. My winter coat is a camper's parka. In fact, I dress for an endless androgynous camp-out. With at-home clothes that are straight from my hippie girl youth: India gauze shirts and faded jeans.

But I came here searching for help precisely because I yearn for beauty, flowing fabrics and appropriate shoes. (Sophia) And, at times, I crave something sexy and fun without looking childish. Baubo!

It makes sense to me. It's just what I wanted. Thank you very, very much.

Editor writes: Thank you, Sherry. That's one of the best self-analyses I've read. I am so glad you found the quiz helpful.


I always end of looking button-down and business-like (Athena), but I want to wear Christmas ornaments in my hair and dance like Baubo, too.

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Bohemian Gal Tells Her Secrets for Creating Diversified, Personal, Stylish Look

by Jennifer Chamberlain
(Portland Oregon)

Well, that is what all my co-workers, friends and family would have expected. With only one point off classic, and 2 points off for a 3-way tie between Sophisticate, trend setter and romantic, I felt like the test was spot-on for me.

Hardly a day goes by that I don't hear something about my clothes and I tell people it is my hobby.

I like creating looks that are not carbon copies of department store lines, but have a trend element. I have an eclectic closet that is color coordinated and I select a week's worth of my work clothes each weekend.

Enid writes: Brava, Jennifer! It sounds as if you are super-organized and have a terrific sense of style. I aspire to select a week's worth of outfits on the weekend.

It's also good to incorporate elements of several styles into your closet so that you can fully express the diverse elements of your personality and be prepared for the different situations we encounter in life.

Well done.

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Sophia For Everyday Style; Kali and Metis for Variety

by Janice
(New York)

Sophia with Metis and Kali tied for second place. All together, the descriptions fit my style. Sophia for everyday, Kali for those days when I want to look "different", and Metis for social events. Interesting quiz, especially since my predominate goddess archetype is Persephone.


Enid responds: I love reading about whether the archetype quiz works for you. I especially like your blend, because it seems as if you have achieved happy harmony in the way you make fashion statements.

Janice, your blend of styles reminds me of the suggestion in Essential Self, Essential Style (Parsons, Hurley, & Donson) that we should actively try to incorporate fashion styles that will help us integrate lesser-used parts of our personalities to achieve balance.

Thank you so much for your post.

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Sports Woman Wants to Blend Classic and Romantic Looks

by Peggy
(Ventura, California)

No, it doesn't fit. I am not a sports woman, but I enjoy the out of doors. I love to garden and read outside and enjoy the sunshine and nature. I am a morning, sun-driven person.

I love classic simplicity but also want soft, feminine clothing. I love to laugh and enjoy people but don't want to be the center of attention with my clothing choices. I want people to feel at ease but a bit stimulated in my presence.

I want to learn to dress in a classic but romantic style, but I'm a busy business owner and need simplicity. Is that possible?

Peggy

Hi Peggy -- Thank you for your detailed answer.

There are lots of ways that you can mix the qualities of classic and romantic.

First, classic skirt suits are likely to look more feminine and romantic than pant suits.

Chanel-type collarless jackets, sometimes worn with a simple dress, are more romantic than man-tailored suits -- though the latter will have a substantial presence for Fall/Winter 2011-12.

Second, feminine colors create a more romantic look for classic lines. A man-tailored suit is becomes all-woman if the jacket is eggplant purple.

A blouse with ruffles in a soft, flowing fabric -- such as silk or polyester charmeuse -- is another way to feminize a classic suit.

Sequin details or metallic thread running through the blouse or sweater fabric are other ways to soften your look and add romantic allure.

Third, use accessories artfully to create a blended look. Handbags, jewelry, and scarves can create a feminine and romantic impression.

By the way, one emblematic persona of the sports woman fashion archetype is Katherine Hepburn. She was known for wearing classic and tailored clothing. Her personal look was not especially feminine, but she looks delightfully romantic in films such as
Bringing Up Baby and Philadelphia Story.

That suggests yet another strategy for blending the classic and romantic fashion archetypes: Save your most romantic and stylishly feminine looks for after-business hours and personal occasions.

I hope this helps.

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Equal Scores On All Styles

Taking this quiz made me realize my style depends on my mode having scored 8's on every category. So does that mean no real style?

Enid writes: Today's styles are so eclectic and all of us juggle so many roles, I suspect that we learn to dress for different occasions.

Style is part of our self-presentation and image-management repertoire.

When looking at the results for any personality index of this sort, you always know best. Do you think you have a style?

You will soon be able to identify your style by (a) considering whether the clothing you wear presents the image wish to project. Do you want to be perceived as businesslike, artistic, domestic, or sporty? Or perhaps you want a chameleon-like image that fits in anywhere and everywhere.

(b) examining what clothing you have in your wardrobe. Does it project this image? Does it serve your everyday clothing needs effectively?

(c) reflecting on whether there is something you wish you had in your wardrobe and don't.

Are you regarded as a well-put-together woman by those who know you? That, too, can be an indicator of whether you have a unique style that is all your own and appropriate.

For more about creating a wardrobe that is right for you, visit basic wardrobe planning and 11 Do and Don't Tips.

Thank you for taking the time to tell me how the quiz turned out for you. The more reader responses I have, the better I will be able to tweak it to meet readers' needs.

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Between Sophisticate and Classic

I like clothes that look nice and make me feel pretty. I like classic lines, not much frills. Clean lines. Comfort is a big thing. Coordinates. Can wear more than one way. Below knee preferably.

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Hecate Fashion Archetype Shows Her Style

by Lisa
(Roswell, GA)

I consider myself a very unique individual and feel my fashion style accentuates this. I love to garden and am into holistic healing and yoga. I love to search for unique treasure in thrift stores and off the path boutiques. I have been a victim of a fashion faux pas or two including this great dress that kind of looked like a piece of pink carpet. I am often inspired by nature but love to add a splash of color to a basic outfit.

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Aphrodite-Baubo - The Romantic

by Nancy
(San Luis Obispo, CA, US)

My fashion archetype is Aphrodite which I would say is pretty accurate because I've always been a fan of romantic layers and believing in looking your best. This was a great quiz!

Thanks for the positive feedback, Nancy. Romantic is a great look for women. It can help us look and feel feminine in every situation.

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Sophia Style: Simply Divine & Trendsetter, Bohemian

by Emily
(Los Angeles)

My wardrobe is all solids, pants and shorts. I love dresses and those are a little more wild, but I rarely have a chance to wear them.

I love shoes and jewelry, but I rarely wear them either. Today I looked in the mirror and there I was looking really droopy and saggy and washed out. Divine? Yes.

I'm an artist and art is the transcendent activity of man. Pure poetry. I may get some red things and cut my hair. That makes my face more perky.

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Mixed!

by Trisha
(UK)

Not sure how to interpret this as come out equal highest scores in B, C E and H groups- so does this make me confused?

I suspect it makes you a balanced dresser who adapts your style appropriately for the occasion and your mood. I don't see it as a negative at all.

You might be interested in
Essential Self, Essential Style; Parsons, Hurley, and Donson have a similar approach to style blending.

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Elegant Sophia Is Puzzled by Quiz Results

by Karen Thompson
(Raleigh, NC)

My # 1 came up as Artemis, which I totally disagree with. When I looked at the fashion associated with it, it really turned me off. My #2 is Sophia, which I'm much more in line with.

I like things simple and elegant, but also like to throw in something that is a bit surprising. That Artemis thing is so not my character! Sorry, you guys got it wrong on this one.

Enid writes: Thanks for letting me know. I'm always looking for input to fine-tune the quiz categories.

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