A closer look at the Romantic subtypes

In a series of six posts we will take a closer look of each of the subtypes of a main type to get a better idea of how they compare against each other. Each of the subtypes combines two main types to create a new type, with the expection of the Languid which will get a post of their own due to being a mix of three (Dramatic, Natural and Ingenue). The first we will take a look at is the subtypes of the Romantic. For fun, each type is given a, era to give an idea of the differences in vibe; starting off with Romantic who would be the late 1940s (New Look) and 1950s.

 

Romantic sub-categories

 

Serpentine: Romantic and Dramatic. The lines are sleeker, more angular and longer – an elongated silhouette is required. Ornateness and softness are important for the Serpentine just as it is for the Romantic, but here the scale is bigger and the designs can be bolder. The Dramatic truly brings the drama. Era? Art deco to 1940s and 1980s.

Wildflower: Romantic and Natural. The softness and femine ornateness remains, but the Wildflower should avoid anything fussy or over the top. A more artisan touch is introduced, as is more texture and more earthy fabrics such as linen and suede. Era? 1940s and 1970s.

Rose: Romantic and Classic. Feminine and elegant, quite a bit more pared down than the Romantic. The full vintage dresses are swapped for sleeker sheaths, yet the softness and bling is maintained. Era? 1960s.

Doe: Romantic and Gamine. The Doe has a more girly, funky look, where the details are quirkier and smaller. Big roses are swapped for peonies and lilies of the valley, and the silhouette is more perky and cropped. Era? 1920s and 1930s (silent films).

Cupid: Romantic and Delicate: Smaller, sharper and more intricate than the Romantic. Both Romantic and Delicate look their best in curvy shapes and the soft and ornate, and here daintier details, less tailoring or all-over fitted garments (i.e. more looseness), and a more sparkly, airy feel is introduced. Era? 1930s, 1950s and 1990s.

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