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Sunday, June 12, 2016

On 8:00:00 PM by Jane Leu Rekas in ,    1 comment
A Capsule Wardrobe should include four dresses, in your body colors:
your eye color, your essence, your romantic and your dramatic







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On 7:25:00 PM by Jane Leu Rekas in , , ,    1 comment

See also Purposeful Color

If your style is DRAMATIC







Palette Purpose







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Thursday, May 19, 2016

On 9:36:00 AM by Jane Leu Rekas   1 comment
If you are on your phone, please browse the menus.  You will find the following topics:
Seasons » four main seasons and their 12 subseasons
Styles » 6 McJimsey styles
Secondary Styles » 6 styles combined with their secondaries
Secondary Seasons » about secondary influences on season
Refashion » how to refashion your existing wardrobe
Shop Type » recommended stores by type (season)
Shop Style » recommended stores by season

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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"Other season types move into Winter expression as their hair turns gray or white, and they find they can express themselves more effectively by adopting a dramatic styling. For instance, when a Summer type with pink and white skin becomes white-haired and continues to wear soft blues, pinks, pastel lavenders, the results may not be as chic as a change to the rich purplish blues and deep lavenders so flattering to Winter. She might also employ pearl gray with deep magenta as an accent, or bottle green with crisp white." Suzanne Caygill

See also: http://expressingyourtruth.net/season-go-gray/

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

On 7:47:00 PM by Jane Leu Rekas in ,    1 comment
Also see post on Secondary Styles

Follow Jane Rekas's board style dramatic on Pinterest. Follow Jane Rekas's board style natural on Pinterest. Follow Jane Rekas's board style classic on Pinterest.
Follow Jane Rekas's board style romantic on Pinterest. Follow Jane Rekas's board style ingenue on Pinterest. Follow Jane Rekas's board style gamine on Pinterest.
Shop for Dramatic Shop for Natural Shop for Classic Shop for Romantic Shop for Ingenue Shop for Gamine
AJ Bari A-Line Ann Taylor Adolfo Boden built by Wendy
Alexander McQueen Anne Taylor Anne Klein Albert Nipon eShakti Chloe
Bebe Anthropologie Brooks Brothers Bebe Joe Fresh Gap
Bill Blass Armani A/X Burberry Diane Freis Kate Spade
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Bob Mackie Banana Republic Calvin Klein Dolce & Gabanna Shabby Apple Marc Jacobs
Christian Dior Benetton Cambridge Dry Goods Eileen West
Mod Cloth
Mod Cloth
Claude Montana Billabong Carlisle Evan Picone ALLURING* Trina Turk
Daryl K C.K. Casual Corner Gloria Sachs Andrea Jovine Uniqlo
Donna Karan Cole Haan Chaus Jessica Howard Azzedine Alaia
Escada DKNY Dana Buchman Jessica McClintock Bebe CREATIVE*
Express Eddie Bauer DKNY Koret Bisou Bisou Agnes B
Ferre Ellen Tracy Doncaster Lanz Bob Mackie Betsey Johnson
Flora Kung Esprit Evan Picone Laura Ashley Cache" Byblos
Karl Lagerfeld Express Harve Bernard Oscar de la Renta Donna Karan Cathy Hardwick
Nolan Miller
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Jaeger Ralph Lauren Georges Marciano Carol Little
Norma Kamali Free People JG Hook Scott McClintock Herver Leger Commes de Garcons
Oleg Cassini Gap JH Collectibles St. Gillian Jean Paul Gautier Esprit
St Lauren Girbaud Jones of NY Talbots Nolan Miller Hino Malee
Tahari Guess Lacoste Ungaro St. John Isaac Mizrahi
Terry Mugler J Crew Michael Kors Valentino Versace Issey Miyake
Topshop J Peterman Nordstrom Classiques Vivienne Westwood Victoria Secret Designs Jean Paul Gautier
Trash & Vaudeville JH Collectibles Pendleton 1927
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Karen Kane
Versace Jones of NY Ralph Lauren
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Kikit
Victor Coast Limited Talbots Krizia
Yves Saint Laurent Lisa Kline


Matsuda

Liz Claiborne sport


Max Mara

Old Navy


Max Studio

Outlander


Moschino

Perry Ellis


Nicole Miller

Polo


Platinum

Talbots


Semplice

Timberland


Versus

Post on Universal Style

Brands that exemplify sporty are: Polo, J Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Old Navy, Timberland, Talbots, American Eagle Outfitters, Levis, Kate Spade, Lacoste

Brands that exemplify Traditional are: Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Jones of New York, Talbot’s, J Crew (some), Pink

Brands that exemplify Elegant style are: Ann Klein, Donna Karen, St. John, Valentino, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Pink

Brands that exemplify Feminine Style are: Eileen Fisher, Anthropologie, Laura Ashley, Jessica McClintock, Ella Moss, Free People, Betsy Johnson Nanette Lapore, (some)

Brands that exemplify Alluring Style are: Bebe, Versace, BCBG, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Diane von F

Brands that exemplify Creative Style are: Betsy Johnson, Anthropologie, Agnes B, Issey Miyake, Nicole Miller, Jean Paul Gautier

Brands that exemplify Dramatic Style are: Karl Lagerfeld, Donna Karan, Christian Dior, YSL, BCBG Maxazria, Prada, Missoni,

*Alluring and Creative styles come from:
What's My Style? 
by Alyce M. Parsons 


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On 9:12:00 AM by Jane Leu Rekas in ,    No comments
You are your very own combination of yin and yang elements (height, body type, bone structure, facial features, hair, etc, read outer and inner lines link below).  This post is not meaning to indicate that everyone will have two dominant styles close to equal. Some of you will have one very dominant style and can choose to dress quite distinctively.  Others of you will have a composite of many styles that allows you quite a bit of versatility in your style expression.


read: Outer and Inner Design Lines

McJIMSEY/NORTHRUP COMBINATIONS

When you take the McJimsey style, (spreadsheet) here are some of the combinations.
Many people have a dominant and secondary, but some have a very strong dominant, and others are blend of several types (see top of post).  Referencing adjective titles below are not McJimsey, some correlations to Kibbe, some Lucky Guide.
Dramatic is also called Theatrical: elegant, high fashion style  Get the Dramatic Style Guide
Dramatic Natural (like Flamboyant Gamine), can be "Grunge" - your desire for casual comfort may be holding you back; take dramatic risks with makeup and accessories, taking advantage of your height
Dramatic Classic - "Avant Garde" is also Dramatic with Classic, this is a Lucky Guide style too, balanced inner lines, outer lines more yang, also Arty Slick Lucky Guide, and Minimalist - you always choose high fashion and high quality
Dramatic Romantic - "Exotic" and "Femme Fatale" also Dramatic yang outer lines with Romantic yin inner lines or yin height (like Soft Dramatic or Flamboyant Gamine, or Soft Gamine), also Bombshell - high fashion clothes with feminine details (buttons, beads, accents, accessories) reflecting your sensitivity
Dramatic Ingenue* (may be like Soft Gamine) - strong yet sensitive, tall yet youthful, dramatic yet light *not possible according to some
Dramatic Gamine - "Rock n Roll" is a Dramatic with Gamine, this is a Lucky Guide style too, "tall tomboy" - you can handle a lot of bold color and dramatic accessories 
Posh Eclectic Lucky Guide

(POLYVORE links above BY Solania Rose, Runa and others)

 Natural Secondaries  (click for more on each combination)

Many people have a dominant and secondary, but some have a very strong dominant, and others are blend of several types (see top of post).  Referencing adjective titles below are not McJimsey, some correlations to Kibbe, some Lucky Guide.


Natural is also called Athletic or Sporty - friendly, laid back, inviting, casual, comfortable, simple  Get the Natural Style Guide
Natural in general is like "California Casual" Lucky Guide
Natural Dramatic - "Grunge" can also be Natural with Dramatic, (like Flamboyant Natural) strong yang - torn between comfort and extravagence, focus on natural guidelines with quality choices, using dramatic accessories and makeup, yet soft blended colors overall
Natural Classic "quirky", Androgynous, Sporty, "American Classic"  Lucky Guide - you want to be laid back but also to perfect things, getting things done can distract you from free time with others; wear natural styles for casual times and more classic styles for evening or formal
Natural Romantic (like Soft Natural) mostly yin features, with yang bone structure, larger yang build, can also be a bit "Bohemian" - effortlessly glamorous, keep your clothing in scale with your size, wear soft woolens, velvet, cashmere, choose quality clothing in natural styles that are softly feminine
Natural Ingenue (like Soft Natural) mostly yin, with yang bone structure - casual and peaceful, follow natural guidelines in soft textures with feminine styles, large yang body with yin features should not wear ingenue silhouettes or dainty floral patterns, but may choose yin pastel colors, in longer silhouettes
Natural Gamine "rustic tomboy" can also be sporty - tall with a strong personality (if you are not tall, look at Gamine first, a true Gamine will lose themselves in natural dressing), push yourself to incorporate Gamine bold accents 



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(POLYVORE links above BY Solania Rose, Runa and others)

Classic Secondaries

Classic Secondaries(click for more on each combination)

Many people have a dominant and secondary, but some have a very strong dominant, and others are blend of several types (see top of post).  Referencing adjective titles below are not McJimsey, some correlations to Kibbe, some Lucky Guide.


Classic is also called Traditional - timeless, yet fashionable, put together, ladylike  Get the Classic Style Guide
Classic Dramatic - "Minimalist" is Classic with slight Dramatic edge, (like Kibbe Dramatic Classic) balanced inner lines, outer lines more yang, also Avant Garde  Lucky Guide - somewhat reserved and sensitive, with high standards, choose classic styles, adding in dramatic touched and refined accessories
Classic Natural - "Sporty" can also be Classic with Natural, "American Classic" is also this combo, Lucky Guide, also Androgynous - you have conflict between wanting things done properly and being more relaxed, you may be torn between classic lines and sporty comfortable styles, choose ensemble dressing without being mix and match, with natural soft tailored influences and textures
Classic Romantic - "Lady Like" or "Demure" is Classic on an Hourglass Figure, (like Soft Classic) balanced outer lines, yin innner lines (like Soft Classic) - you protect your vulnerability and are a perfectionist about details, you choose a proper, pleasing and professional style; choose classic lines,that aren't quite as tailored, with romantic accessories
Classic Ingenue (like Soft Classic) balanced outer lines, yin inner lines - somewhat unlikely combination, follow classic guidelines, keeping your look soft and feminine, yet don't dress or act younger than your age
Classic Gamine "private school tomboy" and "Mod"  Lucky Guide - rare combination of opposites, classic features balanced whereas gamine are angular, you may be smaller than other classics; try shorter jackets, pleated or straight skirts, and small checks or plaids; classic styles in bolder colors or contrasted combinations, yet stop short of animated details 



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Romantic in the Styles


Romantic Secondaries(click for more on each combination)

Many people have a dominant and secondary, but some have a very strong dominant, and others are blend of several types (see top of post).  Referencing adjective titles below are not McJimsey, some correlations to Kibbe, some Lucky Guide.
Romantic is also called Sensual - curvy, sexy yet feminine, mysterious, passionate, luxurious   Get the Romantic Style Guide
Romantic Dramatic - "Bombshell" and "Femme Fatale" is Romantic and Dramatic, Lucky Guide, (like Theatrical Romantic) yin inner lines with balanced outer lines (slight yang) - more reserved than a true Dramatic, follow Romantic guidelines, adding feminine dramatic accessories, but avoiding straight lines and looks that are too high fashion
Romantic Natural - "Bohemian" is also Romantic with Natural - you may minimize your sensitivity in an effort to be casual, larger yang build but feminine features, keep clothing in scale with your size, follow Romantic guidelines in fabrics, that are comfortable, like velvet, soft woolens and cashmere, avoid tiny details
Romantic Classic - "Demure", you may not always do what you should or what you need to do for yourself, due to strong desire to please and take care of others; aim for balance; choose feminine fabrics in Classic styles, curved and fitted silhouettes, but not anything boxy
Romantic Ingenue (like Theatrical Romantic) yin inner lines with balanced outer lines (slight yang) - you may be a young woman in transition to becoming Romantic, or you are shorter or have a young heart; if you have a youthful petite figure, follow the ingenue guidelines, if you have a more full figure, follow more of the romantic guidelines
Romantic Gamine "bold romantic" - you have a sensitive spirit, as well as a bold side; you may protect your sensitive side too much, you will for for anyone, but fight for yourself too; follow Romantic guidelines, but add in bold, contrasting colors and fun animated patterns 



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Ingenue Secondaries

Ingenue Secondaries (click for more on each combination)

Many people have a dominant and secondary, but some have a very strong dominant, and others are blend of several types (see top of post).  Referencing adjective titles below are not McJimsey, some correlations to Kibbe, some Lucky Guide.
Ingenue is also called Youthful or Playful - shorter or younger Romantic  Get the Ingenue Style Guide
Ingenue Dramatic* - youthful appearance, more strength and maturity than people initially see, frustrated by being treated like a child; wear Ingenue styles with Dramatic accessories minimally, delicate and feminine themes
*not possible according to some
Ingenue Natural "youthful farm girl" - you are drawn to more Natural styles due to your desire to be peaceful, don't be tempted to dress too casually; if you have a larger yang body with ingenue features, you should not wear ingenue silhouettes or dainty floral patterns, but may choose yin pastel colors and longer lines, if you have a smaller yin body with natural features, choose the opposite
Ingenue Classic - "Mod" is Ingenue with Classic, Lucky Guide - you may be a young lady who is mature acting; when dressing casually, focus on Ingenue guidelines, while using more Classic yet feminine aspects when dressing formally; always keep your style flowing and soft
Ingenue Romantic - "Girly" is also Ingenue with Romantic - you may be a young woman transitioning to becoming Romantic, or shorter or having a young heart; if you have a youthful or petite figure, follow the Ingenue guidelines, if you have a more full figure, follow more of the Romantic guidelines
Ingenue Gamine "bold girly" - a blend of sweet and sturdy, sometimes girly and sometimes tomboy, you may be emphasizing one or the other due to your upbringing; follow Ingenue guidelines, with Gamine or bold accessorizing 



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Gamine Secondaries

Gamine Secondaries (click for more on each combination)

Many people have a dominant and secondary, but some have a very strong dominant, and others are blend of several types (see top of post).  Referencing adjective titles below are not McJimsey, some correlations to Kibbe, some Lucky Guide.
Gamine is also called Exuberant or Lively - sporty, bold, petite   Get the Gamine Style Guide
Gamine Dramatic (somewhat like Flamboyant Gamine) yang outer and inner lines, except for yin height, "Rocker Chic"  Lucky Guide - shorter than Dramatics, but no less powerful; choose clothing that holds its shape, not loose or oversized; geometic or assymetic styles with lots of color are best
Gamine Natural "sporty outdoorsy tomboy" - you have Gamine attributes but prefer a peaceful lifestyle, but be sure you are not hiding your spunky nature; follow the Gamine bold guidelines and you can include Natural textures, but not to the point of looking too unstructured
Gamine Classic "boyish college gal", "Mod"  Lucky Guide - you are productive and powerful; be careful your desire for comfort doesn't flatten your style; mix and match classic styles, rather than ensemble dressing, add contrasting color
Gamine Romantic can be Rockabilly, "sexy tomboy" - your physical attributes are Gamine and you have a compassionate nature; you prefer simple, comfortable clothing and may shy away from anything too bold or glamorous, but take risks! choose Gamine styles, but also add in a feminine flair
Gamine Ingenue (somewhat like Soft Gamine)- if you have Gamine characteristics and authentically want to be gentle and sympathetic, follow Gamine guidelines with some Ingenue influences (fitted styles with some accents); but if you are ready to be more daring, consider letting go of what may have been conditioned and let yourself show your strong side and be bolder 


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On 8:51:00 AM by Jane Leu Rekas in    No comments
These are excerpts from the McJimsey Style Guides.

Always keeping to your seasonal palette (from draping), these are modifications to how your colors would be used.

DRAMATIC


NATURAL


ROMANTIC


INGENUE


INGENUE


also

Season Style Guides



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Jane Rekas, LCSW

Jane Rekas, LCSW
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Background

I am the great granddaughter of Willi Aeppli a Waldorf educator with Rudolf Steiner, color and temperament philosopher. I began my main blog, EXPRESSING YOUR TRUTH, "critical thoughts on all things season and type" 5/26/11, where I also have a collection of other quizzes. I started my EYT Forums when I became a Color Me a Season CMAS trainee. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Hypnotist, and Reiki Master.