A closer look at the Gamine 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 Gamine subtypes. For fun, each type is given a, era to give an idea of the differences in vibe; starting off with Gamine who would be the 1960s.


Gamine sub-categories



Experimental: Gamine and Dramatic. Fun, fashion forward, avant garde, irregular, sporty and interesting. Big and small shapes are mixed, masculine with feminine, narrow with boxy, dark with light. Retro futurism. Era? 1960s, 1980s and modern day.

Pixie: Gamine and Natural. Woodland fairy, badass elf, sporty, pixie girl. More texture, relaxed fabrics and earthy materials than the traditional Gamine. Narrow silhouette combined with more relaxed lines, tactile fabrics, tribal prints, contrast, broken lines. Era? Late 1960s, 1990s and modern day (perhaps in a different world).

Dapper: Gamine and Classic. Mod or beatnik-like, a simpler, more timeless version of the Gamine. Broken lines, but not without repeating the colours and patterns elsewhere in the outfit. Narrow, fitted and tailored silhouette. Contrast piping and stripes, houndstooth and irregular polkadots. Era? 1950s and 1960s.

Kitten: Gamine and Delicate. Fitted, feminine and with a cute and/or fun edge. Vibrant use of colours, fitted fabrics with softness, small pleats and tucks, lace and glitter. Mini skirts and peplums, boat necks and dainty collars. Era? 1950s and 1990s.

Doe: Gamine and Romantic. Quirky, cute and feminine. Fitted silhouette with some softness and draping. Animated florals, visible colourful buttons, cloche hats, tulip skirts, Betsey Johnson and Charlotte Olympia accessories. Era? 1920s and 1930s (silent films).

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