Florists know how to care for each kind of flower in order for it to exude its greatest beauty. Movie stars and supermodels have image consultants who know which outfit is best on that girl’s figure; that’s why they always look so good.
No one fits in a box. Just as we each have unique fingerprints, so do we each have a blend of Img.IDs, but understanding which type of beauty we are is like knowing the culture your family comes from. If you are Italian, well that explains why conversations around your house are so animated. If you are Greek, well that might explain why Momma wants your wedding to be so big. Generalizations can be limiting, but analyzing your general beauty can be extremely helpful in understanding yourself and others, not to mention how much easier your shopping and daily preparation will be!
Your physical attributes indicate which culture or family you belong to. Your body frame is the foundation of all your image decisions. Basically, there are four body types: straight, curvy, full and sleek. Each body type is one of the five figure frames: A, H, 8, 0, and V (defined below); and each figure has its own strengths and challenges. You probably know your figure flaws already, but knowing your figure frame helps you to balance out any disproportions. There are lots of tips available (you can find some in my book of guidelines in the shop tab) to help you with this.
You cannot give yourself a fair makeover without knowing your physical stature. Your height is the greatest indicator. If you are tall, you are either a Dramatic or a Natural. If you are short, you are an Ingénue, a Romantic or a Gamine. If you are of average height, you could be any of the personalities.
To further determine which personality you are, it is best to assess your coloring. Depending on your seasonal palette of coloring, you may have to tone down or play up your Img.ID with a secondary clothing personality. For example, Gamines and Dramatics with a Summer or Autumn palette are often a combination of another clothing personality since the soft, muted colors make it difficult to be bold or create drama. Also, the softer-natured Img.IDs—Romantic, Natural and Ingénue—with bold coloring may have a secondary personality to balance them out.
The third most important factor in determining your Img.ID is your facial features. This part, like the coloring, is hard to do without a professional face-to-face assessment, but I encourage you to do your best with my Img.ID Survey, anyway–the pictures certainly help. Whatever you do, though, please do not stress over this. Have fun with it! Tomorrow I will walk you through a more detailed assessment.
Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available soon.