How to Find Your Style Personality

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Last weekend I popped along to another workshop at the Canberra Centre, this time to uncover that elusive entity: my style personality.

The workshop was lead by the very lovely and knowledgeable Fiona Keary from Style Liberation who, it turns out, is an expert in helping her clients discover their style personality. ‘The number one mistake people make is losing their style personality,’ she explained. ‘What you wear should give you confidence and set you up for the day and if you get your style personality right, you will feel amazing.’

So what is a style personality? It’s a way of expressing yourself through your clothing. It’s like a business card representing your personal brand. ‘The thing to bear in mind,’ said Fiona, ‘is that we are usually a combination of two or three style personalities and these can change over time. Some people will always stay the same, but others of us may change depending on our lifestyle or our career. When there is a change or a transition in my life, that’s usually when there is a change in my style personality.’

While grabbing a cupcake to snack on during the workshop, I was distracted by a group of cards next to the brownies, each with a picture of a fab outfit and a few words. I grabbed the two that appealed most. It turned out that these cards represented each of the eight style personalities and that we were to do a quiz to help identify which one we were.

After a scramble for pens, we all took the quiz by identifying the traits and words that appealed to us most in a set of eight unknown groups and then tallying them up. The groups with the most traits we had chosen were our style personalities. Fiona than took us through each one, identifying which style personality each group corresponded to.

 

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I turned out to be ‘dramatic’ and ‘creative’ with a dash of ‘elegant’. And what do you know, the two cards I had selected earlier based purely on my gut connection to them where dramatic and creative. So I guess I must be pretty in tune with my style personality.

For those of you who might be feeling disconnected from your wardrobe, there are plenty of style personality quizzes online you can take, or better yet you can book a session with Fiona who can help you not only discover your style personality but also help re-work your wardrobe to suit it.

Once you have identified your personality, Fiona has put together an online guide linking each style personality to the stores selling pieces that suit it, making shopping for your personality that little bit easier.

Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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