Personal Style

In 2010, someone suggested that my style could be a lot better. 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. [Note: I am currently finishing an e-book that covers this entire topic in great depth.]

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 came to a personal philosophy on the matter: I am a living masterpiece, not a still life under someone’s else’s paintbrush.

I figured out a self-help strategy based on the principles of Aesthetics + Personality + Context. It builds upon many things you may already know. However, it is primarily a style philosophy (not a consultation service) and it works (though it does take some deep thought)!

Where to Start?

For a quick start to finding your one-of-a-kind style, try Style Mapping. I have a book in the works that goes much deeper into finding your style philosophy that I hope to make available at some point on this site. The implications of personal style make it easier to shop, to get dressed, to bring a consistency of presentation to many avenues of life and business. That makes it loads of fun instead of burdensome.