Style, Science and Art

Style, Science and Art

I hear this all the time- You look great in that but I can’t pull it off or other excuses like I am too short, too tall, too fat, too thin to pull that off.  It’s very easy to go down that self-depreciating rabbit hole.  However, when you learn how to become empowered over your clothes, you will reclaim your joy and confidence over your personal style. When you achieve this, you will find peace in your body and mind. To be successful at looking put together, first we need to feel confident in ourselves and our choices. There are no strict rules here.  It is what brings you the most joy.  It is also about your taste, preferences and desires. You really are your own best stylist. 

Your first assignment is to stand in front of a mirror and make some observations about yourself. 

  • What do you think is your current style?
  • What are your favorite colors? Are you wearing them?  I believe we have a natural affinity toward colors we look good in.
  • Now look more critically about what you are wearing and how it makes you feel. Do you feel confident? If the answer is no, then what is it about how you are dressed that is not resonating with you.  Is what you are wearing too tight and the buttons are pulling?  Is it so big that you are swimming in it? With a little tweaking you can take what you are wearing to change the negative into a positive.

The science behind style is the reason why things look proportional, flattering, visually appealing and expensive. The way a garment or completed look is styled to show your personality is where the art of style comes into play.

Let’s start with the word style.  That word means so many things.  As it refers to Fashion, it is defined as

the state of being popular 

I was a bit shocked when I looked it up

I prefer this definition. It was used in reference to writing

a distinctive manner of expression

Yes, to me style is about expression.  That is how you show who you are without saying a word.  It is quite powerful.  For instance, if you are dressed in all leather head to toe, I would think you are not a vegan.  We make judgements about someone within the first 60 seconds of meeting them. 

The science of dressing with style is about proportion, color and how you put that together.  There are actual strategies here that take the guess work out of it for us.

I would love to hear the answers to your assignment.  Please share in the comments section.

 

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Hi I am Joanne Litz Cofounder of Steel Pony.
I graduated in Textile Design from, the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. Worked in the "Industry" as a design director before starting Steel Pony. A company focused on slow sustainable fashion over 30 years ago
I love Creative Fashion, Art, and Energy Healing. My mission is to help women find their inner goddess and shine from the inside out.