Taking a look at your personal style

How do you find your style? What are the criteria you personally subscribe to when it comes to fashion for you or your home? I find that people generally fit into three style categories — traditional, trendsetters or fusion (eclectic). I met the most perfect example of eclectic style today at a consultation.

Traditional folks tend to be very safe and classic. Either in their personal style of dress or designing their homes they stay on the beige side of things and choose products with good reputation and longevity. Traditionalists are not as concerned with trends as they are with quality and results. If they are wearing designer labels, you may not be aware of it as they choose classic styles as opposed to outward label advertising. They opt for safe, well-made vehicles in demure shades of white and pale silver and will often use consumer guides and the advice of trusted friends to gain information on their preferred product. The interesting thing I have noticed about traditional-styled people is they can tend to choose similar to what they have unless possibly encouraged by a designer to branch out. People will choose similar colours and products to what they already know and trust. They aren’t always looking for that wow factor.

Trendsetters are an abundant category in absolutely every way. These fashionistas are all about the latest trend. They have looked on the Internet and texted their friends and checked out all of their friends’ homes to see what everyone else is decorating with. They covet the thing that gets them the jaw-dropping jealousy and awe of their peers. You will see them coming in their beautiful, colourful SUV’s, sports cars and funky crossovers. They will burst onto the scene wearing the latest colours and designers boldly displayed for all to see. These stylish clients know what they want and may just need a little guidance here and there – they are confident and not afraid to spend money on what is hot now. They want to make a statement in how they dress and especially in their homes, they are not afraid of bold, bright and blingy!

True fusion (eclectic) styles are rare but refreshing and challenging to work with. Generally the artistic and creative spirit will be far more eclectic in their fashion and home décor choices. Instead of hitting Pier One for the latest styles the fusionist hunts through antique auctions, estate sales and unearths rare and beautiful pieces that speak to them. Their wardrobe is interesting and vast with a harmonious blend of well-made designer pieces thrown together with a beautiful vintage scarf and colourful pieces of jewelry that they have purchased in travels abroad. They are conservative and eco-minded when it comes to vehicles and a hybrid or maybe even a bike could be gracing their driveways. They purchase and keep belongings in their homes because they mean something to them, which transcends trends and results in an interesting and unique interior and personal style of dress.

When people ask ‘what is in style’ I want to respond, it depends on you. Everyone has their own personal sense of style, everyone knows what they like and don’t like and everyone deep down inside understands how certain colours and styles make them feel.

Kim Lewis is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.

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