Swapping out a longer cardigan for a shorter one also helps draw attention to the waistline.
Here’s a few other subtler comparisons:
Front rise of 10.5" vs...
... front rise of 12"
Cropped length denim jacket vs...
... regular denim jacket
Can you see the slight differences?
Colours for my natural features
While growing my wardrobe these last few years, I’ve focused so much on adding neutrals to it that I was a little stumped with colour. I wouldn’t say I’m afraid of it, but I didn’t want to add it just for the sake of having variety.
Rather, I wanted to be intentional and understand which colours could bring joy to my everyday outfits.
This section of the course really helped with this—to understand how to enhance my natural features and why I resonate with certain colours and tones.
Photo from 2020 where I had just purged my wardrobe and only wore neutrals vs...
... photo from 2022 where I still love and wear neutrals, but also started incorporating colours I want to wear
Understanding contrast was new to me. I never thought to look to my own features and dress to compliment them as they are.
As someone with high contrasting features (dark hair and pale skin), I’ve learned that high contrast outfits, ones that incorporate both light and dark colours, create more symmetry for me.
Que lightbulb moment…
And it’s likely a huge reason why I love wearing black and white outfits! Since I'll look more flattering by incorporating a full spectrum of tones in an outfit, I don’t have to shy away from mixing and matching.
Being able to play with variety? I’m here for it!
Low contrast outfit vs...
... high contrast outfit
Again, I love both outfits above. But as you can see on the left, there’s a bit of unbalance in terms of what’s shining through. The outfit on the right enhances my features by incorporating higher contrast.
A few other high contrast outfit ideas:
This section wasn’t really new to me. I know that I have a cooler undertone (discovered after years of trying to figure out the right foundation and concealer shade!) so colours that fall on the cooler spectrum suit me better.
A green layer in a warmer undertone vs...
... a green layer in a cooler undertone
A light brown layer in a warmer undertone vs...
... a light brown layer in a cooler undertone
One thing that I did take away from this section, however, is how gold and silver jewelry looks against my skin. I learned that being on the cooler side means silver looks more flattering on me.
Based on the vein test, you can see in the photo above that the veins on my wrist are clearly blue/purple, identifying my skin undertone as cool. As well, the silver chain (left) appears to have a bit more of an impact than the gold chain. I think it’s time that I give silver another chance!
You are what you wear—could this be true? Generally speaking, this section of the course identifies certain moods or feelings when it comes to colour.
For example, when I think of yellow, I think of cheerfulness; when I think of red, I think of power and passion.
I would say blue takes up a large section of my wardrobe in the form of tops and jeans. Blue has always been my favourite colour—I almost consider it a neutral.
And speaking of neutrals, as mentioned above, my wardrobe is now full of it.
So, it was interesting for me to find out that blue signifies calmness, stability, security, and reliability. These are all feelings I truly value when I think about the life I want to live. Incorporating blue into my wardrobe expresses my desire to integrate these feelings into my day-to-day life.
I love incorporating blue into an outfit. When I look at these ones above, I feel an instant sense of calm.
Neutrals, or even a more neutral shade of a strong colour, can provide a sense of neutrality, lessening an overpowering signal.
*Queue lightbulb moment*—as someone who’s more of an introvert, I dislike drawing too much attention to myself. So I tend to “play it safe” with neutrals.
A bright yellow top vs...
... a muted yellow top. Muted yellow can lessen over-cheerfulness or attention.
After reading this section, I now value incorporating both light and dark tones in my outfits. In terms of incorporating colour, I’ve started to place focus on more muted tones since my individual preference is to lessen strong, overpowering feelings.
Style and psychology
As a form of self-expression, I believe what you choose to wear is psychological, and I really resonated with this section of the course. What you wear is what others see when they first meet you. While going through this section, I had flashbacks of my style phases:
This had me thinking about my previous style choices and how certain periods of my life influenced so much of these choices.
The course identifies adjectives where I chose the ones that resonated with me the most, then searched for them within the 7 major style typologies.
In high school, I would’ve been The Romantic; in university, The Bohemian; and after graduating, The Classic.
Now, since I value simplicity and comfort, as well as a calmer and more casual demeanor, it comes as no surprise that I’m The Minimalist.
Examples of minimalist outfits, created using wardrobe items I’ve had for a few years now (#wearwhatyouhave)
As I continue to build an intentional wardrobe, I have no issues being in this category. However, style is ever-evolving, and we shouldn't fixate ourselves into a restricted style box.
Instead, the experimentation of getting dressed based on what you want to exude out into the world is what makes it fun! Who knows, the style typology you’re currently in could change in a year’s time, and that’s absolutely okay.
Style with ease
Style really shouldn’t be difficult or overwhelming. All in all, the Style Fundamentals Course helped define my preferences and validate my style choices.
I’ve found ways to enhance my own body and unique features that make me the person that I am today.
Honestly, it’s so refreshing! I love applying these concepts to my every day dressing and wardrobe preferences with ease.
Whether you’re just starting or in the midst of your personal style journey, I think this course will be valuable to you—it'll help you feel like your true empowered self through style.