By definition, anything classic is the definitive, authoritative, long-lasting example. A Classic wardrobe is exactly that– at least for the professional look–just think of how long the blazer has been in vogue.
If you have a lot of “proper pieces” (fitted jackets and skirts, button down blouses, slacks, basically: business attire) in your closet and they have been there a long time, then you may be a Classic. The simple, traditional style of the Refined Beauty is not greatly inclined to change; neither is her nature.
Because she prefers quality clothing and her style remains acceptable, the fact that she holds onto her clothes for decades isn’t as offensive as it could be for other Img.IDs, but she should make a commitment to herself to keep excitement in her wardrobe. (For wardrobe ideas, please visit the Classic board on my Pinterest page.) Because her personality is steady and strong, she should commit to keeping excitement in her life as well, or she can become too intense.
Many Classics pursue high education and do well in administrative positions. They are typically very active politically and highly respected in their community. In her formative years, however, this girl may come across as selfish or demanding, but, truth be told, her lack of flexibility is just her way of guarding her heart or hiding her fears. Once she learns to relinquish control and trust others, her stubborn ways unfold into timeless elegance like a beautiful rose.
There is an on-going struggle for every human identity.
We all face some challenge as we mature into our true Img.ID and it really has little to do with our age. We must each wrestle with reality to understand ourselves before we can settle into a place of true confidence. It may take a crisis, an accomplishment or a Confidence Conflict to get us to put on our armor and fight for our identity, but breaking through emotional barriers can be very rewarding.
Because of the private, non-responsive nature of the Classic, most of these Refined Beauties would rather not wrestle with anything emotional. Besides, “wrestling” is too undignified and she would rather not be vulnerable. It may take a little longer for this girl to find herself, but once she does, she becomes truly beautiful.
A circus lion is paralyzed by 4 legs of his trainer’s chair because he doesn’t know which object to focus on. If you struggle with perfectionism you may feel the same way.
Most of us want our life to be in order in some area; the Refined Beauty wants things done properly in all areas. Her standard is high and she expects to attain great things in work, life and fun. But often these ambitious girls strive for so many things at once that they shut down like a circus lion.
Once her desire for control no longer controls her, however, she relaxes into this peaceful, powerful place of authority. She has no need to demand that others do what she desires, but she respects her power and position and isn’t afraid to give orders when necessary. She is rich in wisdom and passion, but has no need to reform others with her great advice unless asked.
A Classic who has settled into her true identity is a woman of great worth, she is truly self-disciplined. Her organizational skills show up in her own life as she clearly defines her boundaries. She is free to truly enjoy work / life balance without guilt or regret.
If self-discipline and balance is something you want, I encourage you to find a mature Classic and ask her to mentor you because she is an amazing advisor and like everyone, she loves to use her strengths.
If you are a Classic Beauty, I encourage you to risk wrestling with reality to find yourself. Study your personality like you have your field of expertise. You have been given a strong and powerful nature, use your strengths for the good of those you love. Find a way to accept your faults with grace, and you will find that peace and power that we can all admire.
As an author and speaker, Catrina's passion is in helping women and girls overcome confidence conflicts, especially those involving rejection, betrayal and loss. After 30 years in the beauty industry as both a cosmetologist and an image consultant, Catrina now uses her profession, her own powerful stories and her training as a Biblical life-coach to reach the heart in a way that is relatable, encouraging and inspiring. Her message is balanced with both fashion and faith and is making a difference in the lives of women and girls all over! To be part of this movement, connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In, Goodreads and consider having her speak at your next event. Visit http://catrinawelch.com for more information.