How did you do with the Img.ID quiz? I realize the personal preferences are sometimes hard to define– especially if you struggle to believe that your opinions have value. Many women are so focused on what is important to the ones they love that they do not give much thought to what they would prefer. You can take care of others and still be who God made you to be. You do not need to be the woman that men, media and your mom have persuaded you to be, if that is simply not your style. But first you must understand your style.
Looking at each of your charts, which clothing personality did you mark the most?
Was there any column marked more than the others? If not, you may have a secondary clothing personality; be sure to read chapter 13 of Know Who You Are to learn how to blend your two sets of guidelines together in order to best represent the true you.
If your answers were all over the place, and you are not sure which personality is strongest, do not worry. You may be an Ingénue, or a Classic; be sure to read those chapters to see if it suits you or not. Also, no matter what your chart looks like, be sure to read the chapter on each clothing personality if you want to understand the other women in your life better!
Here is a general assessment of each personality:
Dramatic—Exotic Beauty (sophisticated like a protea or artsy and eccentric like a bird of paradise) Average to tall. Exotic features. Unique, imaginative, independent, sophisticated, demanding, stylish; usually well-known.
Romantic—Glamorous Beauty (like an orchid) Average to short. Soft features. Feminine, charming, sensitive, sympathetic, accommodating. Sensual, alluring, glamorous, flirtatious. Usually wanted as a friend.
I am often criticized for “putting people in a box” but please know my heart, I only want you to understand yourself more, like a florist understands each breed of flower, so that you can care for yourself better. If a florist only knew how to raise wild flowers, she may find herself frustrated when her orchids won’t bloom. If she only knew how to raise Calla Lilies, she may find herself horrified when her tropical flowers go dormant with difficult conditions. That’s how many women feel when they believe their beauty should bloom differently than it does. Perhaps you were raised by a sensitive, self-sacrificing mom but have the strong-will of a Gamine, or visa versa?
My hope is that you will know personally “what not to wear” because you know who you are, inside and out. That’s why I call it a Supreme MakeOver, because this is when you break free from the cocoon that guards your heart, spread your beautiful wings, and be who you were designed to be.
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.