A closer look at the Delicate 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).

In this post we will take a look at the Delicate subtypes. For fun, each type is given a, era to give an idea of the differences in vibe; starting off with Delicate who would be the 1910s and 1930s.


Delicate sub-categories


Minx: Delicate and Dramatic. The fragility of the Delicate is given an edge. The impression is bolder. Theatrical glitz rather than airy and etheral. Scale is still dainty, but the styles are more showy. The silhouette is narrower and tighter. Era? 1930s and early 1950s.

Ingenue: Delicate and Natural. More texture and tactile fabrics, more casual feel, more earthy and approachable than elf-like. Youthful and sweet. Eyelet lace rather than chantilly lace.  Era? Art Nouveau and 1970s.

Finespun: Delicate and Classic. Elegant and a more mature vibe than the Delicate. More medium weight fabrics and narrower silhouettes. Less embellishment. Pearls and diamonds rather than colourful rhinestones. Era? 1950s and 1960s.

Kitten: Delicate and Gamine. Fitted and with a cute and/or fun edge. More vibrant use of colours, mixing prints and fabrics. Less floaty and airy. Mini skirts rather than knee-length (or longer). Era? 1950s and 1990s.

Cupid: Delicate and Romantic: More lush, fitted and curvy than the Delicate. Both Romantic and Delicate look their best in curvy shapes and the soft and ornate. The Romantic part of the Cupid brings tighter fabrics, more open necklines, slightly bigger prints and a more archetypically womanly feel. Era? 1930s, 1950s and 1990s.

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