Style Freedom

In 2010, someone suggested that my style could be a lot better. That, on top of the fact that I am not a planner by nature and can barely function in the morning, didn’t make me feel better about how my life was going. Everything I do is designed to harness the natural rhythm of how I roll in this world. I have come to think of my approach as a sort of style jujitsu where you redirect the energy of momentum of whatever’s coming your way and redirect the energy. Here is a definition I found on Wikipedia (with modified spelling):

“Jū” can be translated as “gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding”, and “jutsu” can be translated as “art or technique”. “Jujutsu” thus has the meaning of “yielding-art”, as its core philosophy is to manipulate the opponent’s force against him- or herself rather than confronting it with one’s own force.

I was no stranger to the topic of color and style analysis, but there had always been too much conflicting information. When I finally got it right, the implications of what I learned made me wonder why I had never seen the possibility of how this could unify so many facets of my life.

A perfect backlit shot of the real “me” on the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, WA. I spent the ride back–alone on deck–studying the mystery of the sky and water. I often feel happier in the quiet of a corner than in the center of a room–and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Like many end-users of the wonderful consultation services (and great talent!) available to us in the 21st century, I was in search of my personal style, but didn’t realize that objective principles and personal style are two different things:

In my opinion, personal style begins with life. Your life’s energy and outlook express a coherent theme, but you need aesthetic principles to communicate that and a way to work with it in a shifting environment.

I figured out a self-help strategy based on the principle that Aesthetics + Personality + Context = Personal Style. It builds upon many things you may already know. Think of it as a style philosophy (not a consultation service). It works, but you have to think! The result was personal style freedom—and I am very big on freedom. See my personal story, “Beyond the Silver Glass.”

If this is an area you need to explore more fully, visit my other blog at StylePearl Central.