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Style Foundations - Fashion Tribes and Personal Style

Welcome to the first of a series of letters discussing the foundation of personal style and how to build a killer wardrobe! In this first letter we will discuss different fashion tribes and wardrobe styles to help create a visual foundation on which we will explore and start to build your own personal style. 

For me style is about expression, exploration, adventure and fun. It doesn’t mean you cannot be organized, structured and efficient when you get dressed, because that is really important too! What it does mean is that once you know yourself and your body, and have created a good wardrobe of core foundation pieces you can then explore and push your boundaries with exciting and dynamic clothing to create your own personal style.

My approach to dressing is what some might call classic with a mix of high fashion. Developed on a foundation of quality basics that have longevity both in terms of shape but also material, and mixed in with interesting fashion pieces. There are many different styles and labels that can be applied to someones look. I don’t personally welcome labeling of someone's style as I love the liberty and freedom to dress as I want on any given day, however if I had to classify my general approach to dressing classic with a mix of high fashion is a good label for me. Some other prominent style camps are (but not exclusively) bohemian, street style, eccentric, minimalist and classic. You can probably visualize each of these styles and have a broad understanding of what each look could entail. You may even visualize yourself in one too! You will see images below of women who I think epitomize the codes of these styles in an interesting and modern way to help illustrate my point. 

Sofia Coppola epitomizes classic style while ensuring it always feel contemporary and cool. To see more of her looks, check out my fashion muse page for her  here .

Sofia Coppola epitomizes classic style while ensuring it always feel contemporary and cool. To see more of her looks, check out my fashion muse page for her here.

Olivia Palermo is the Queen of classic with a high fashion twist. She plays with proportion, colour, texture, print and trends with classic shapes. If you want to see more of her great looks, click  here .

Olivia Palermo is the Queen of classic with a high fashion twist. She plays with proportion, colour, texture, print and trends with classic shapes. If you want to see more of her great looks, click here.

Caroline de Maigret is my street style dream. Focusing on mens tailoring she injects rocker chic as a French master! For my page on Caroline, visit  here .

Caroline de Maigret is my street style dream. Focusing on mens tailoring she injects rocker chic as a French master! For my page on Caroline, visit here.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen know all about tonal and monochromatic dressing, luxurious fabrics, proportion and draping. The current minimalists, and incredible ones at that. To find more inspiration, click  here . 

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen know all about tonal and monochromatic dressing, luxurious fabrics, proportion and draping. The current minimalists, and incredible ones at that. To find more inspiration, click here

If Jenna Lyons isn't eccentric I don't know who is. Yet there is something so approachable about her method that with a little training I think her look is totally achievable! To see more of Jenna's incredible styling, check out  here . 

If Jenna Lyons isn't eccentric I don't know who is. Yet there is something so approachable about her method that with a little training I think her look is totally achievable! To see more of Jenna's incredible styling, check out here

Rachel Zoe, so polished, so cool and so boho. She looks amazing ALL THE TIME! With her incredible eye and exacting knowledge of her body, Rachel makes getting dressed look easy, which is the point. To study all things Bohemian from the goddess herself, click  here .

Rachel Zoe, so polished, so cool and so boho. She looks amazing ALL THE TIME! With her incredible eye and exacting knowledge of her body, Rachel makes getting dressed look easy, which is the point. To study all things Bohemian from the goddess herself, click here.

If you look at these different styles and think ‘I really like a little bit from each’ fear not, you are a sort of chameleon and have a sense of adventure when you approach dressing, which is great! If you look at these examples and don’t really feel you fit into any group, again fear not. You probably have a good sense of what you like but perhaps need to further develop your fashion eye and body type knowledge to confidently know what works for you and how to push your boundaries to test out some new looks and ideas.

Start by thinking about how you dress, what image you want to project and how your clothes can work the best for you. Soon enough your fashion mood, approach and confidence will emerge and all of your friends will be commenting on how pulled-together and fabulous you look!
 
Watch this space for my next letter where I'll discuss wardrobe basics and how to build a strong foundation. Let's call it basics 101! And if you want to stay up to date with our style icons looks and styling tricks, sign up and follow The Loved Object on Pinterest here
 
Until then, lots of love
Xo
Jennifer