6 Aug 2019

Inside The Wardrobe: What Style Character Are You?


What’s Your Style Identity?

The ability to dress how we want is one of the greatest elements of fashion. It’s what keeps the journey fun and exciting and far from ever being stagnant. Having a style character doesn’t necessarily mean we fit into one particular box. We can often surprise ourselves with what we are drawn to – especially if it’s out of our ordinary.

We’ve previously written about finding our personal style, and how to approach a style crisis but once we’ve got there, our style character is next.

This is achievable once we know what to shop for, what cuts, shapes, and colours. Our ‘character’ is merely an accumulation of all of these factors. She could be a combination, she could play one role, or she could be an amalgamation of every persona.

When we have found her, we may feel contented and safe in the knowledge we know who we are. But what about when certain aspects of our lives dramatically impact the way we dress?

Is she still there? Are we still the same character?

The characters are individuals, with abilities to morph and transform into one or the other; combining elements of each and championing recognisability.

The Bohemian

The Bohemian favours vintage, prints and soft colours. She is relaxed in nature, paying close attention to textures and nature. She is often unconventional, living an artistic life with a free spirit, not caring too much for trends.

Her wardrobe essentials would be embroidered blouses, jeans, and delicate dresses.

The Classicist

The Classicist prefers timeless pieces that stand the test of time. Her closet contains versatile items that ensure she always feels well-dressed and put together. She steers away from trends, instead choosing pieces that will still be worn years later.

Her go-to’s would be a blazer, a white shirt, and cigarette pants.

The Maximalist

The maximalist believes in ‘more is more’. She adores colour, excess and anything that makes a statement. An outfit must never be dull. Instead, it should always be full of life, full of details and a conversation starter. Dressing for the Maximalist is like painting, each layer an important part in the final outcome.

Her top picks would be anything colourful; bright sweaters, patterned dresses, and coloured jackets.

The Minimalist

The Minimalist may champion a capsule wardrobe full of simple pieces guaranteed to work together. Her colour palette is straightforward and makes a quiet statement. The Minimalist believes that ‘less is more’ and prefers to be unfussy.

Her necessities would be a t-shirt, jeans and the perfect little black dress.

The liberty of style is having the ability to identify with one or all of the characters. Perhaps we don’t see ourselves as any, or maybe we see aspects of our tastes in each one. Looking at our style identities can be likened to acting. The Bohemian could play the main star, but the Minimalist could play the supporting role. Both important characters to the show, that together, create something beautiful.

We are forever changing, and change has always been an integral part of fashion. We may no longer have the constraints of wearing a corset but we do not need the constraints of having to identify with one character and sticking with it.

Clothes Are More Than Just Clothes

Our wardrobes can speak for us, as much as we do or do not like it. Clothes are more than just garments. Our personal style can reflect more than what is in the trends. Different jobs, locations and times in our lives can vastly impact the clothes we choose to put on our backs.

Creating a cast of style characters is a fun way to understand our unique taste. Adaptation is key and with it, we can look back on the many roles we have played; the good, the bad and the beautiful.

What’s Your Style Character?

The Bohemian

floral satin midi  ||  eyelet detail blouse  ||  maria lace blouse

The Classicist

white linen blazer  ||  perfect black ankle pants  ||  long sleeve poplin shirt

The Maximalist

bella freud sweater  ||  leopard long sleeve dress  ||  pink utility jacket

The Minimalist

theory tee  ||  re-done jeans ||  long sleeve shirtdress

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Oh, I’m the Classicist at work and the Minimalist on the weekends and all summer long.


I loved Big Little Lies so much I’m thinking about rewatching both seasons, and the music! It’s on my playlist and I listen to it in the car on my way to the gym. You’re right about how our styles change as we age and go through different phases of our lives. I’ve always been an Armani minimalist, neutral shades, but now I’m stepping outside my box. Would you believe I bought a taxicab yellow skirt with a leopard print pattern on it? Who is this woman, and what has she done with the real Brenda Coffee?

Sheila-Merle Johnson

Based on these 4 categories, I am 35% boho, 35% maximalist, 15% classicist (those perfect black pants) and 15% minimalist (re-done jeans). It’s fun to think this way. I am more boho/maxi at 74 than I was when I was younger.

Linda B

What a relief to see that Sheila-Merle feels like all of those style personalities. I read this post twice, feeling like I could not pick just one even two categories. At the moment, I would say I am 30% boho, 30% minimalist, 25% maximalist, and 15% classicist. When I was younger I was much more a boho/maximalist. The minimalist is gaining more and more traction as I get older.


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