Style Taxonomy types and inner/outer line – connected?

When you have a style analysis with me, some of the things you will learn about are your inner and outer line, as well as your type in the Style Taxonomy system. Your inner line is based on your face shape; whether you have a more angular face or a more curved/contoured. Your outer line refers to the general line of your body, your silhouette; linear, curvilinear or curvy. Technically speaking, any style type can have any inner and outer line. That said, as your style type is also based on your features, your body and your energy/vibe, there are some some traits that are more common amongst certain types. The suggested looks and garments for each type act as a match maker between the person and their outfits; mirroring their physical attributes and vibe. The Style Memoirs and the Style Taxonomy system wishes to bring forth you and make your outfits mirror that, not try to make you look like someone or something else.

Below I have shortly summarised other traits/features that people who share the same type typically have. Variations do of course exist, so the connections below are generalisations rather than universal truths.

 

A _______________________________ will typically have:

Dramatic: Linear outer line, angled inner line. Usually tall with sharp, narrow and exotic/feline features.

Natural: Linear or curvilinear outer line, angled inner line. Usually athletic/strong build with relatively broad shoulders. Facial features are typically blunt and/or wide. A square jaw and/or strong chin is common.

Classic: Curvilinear outer line, angled or contoured inner line. Usually average height. Usually a balanced, evenly proportionate body and face. Not very large, full or sharp facial features.

Gamine: Linear or curvilinear outer line, angled or contoured inner line. Short to average height (will not be tall). Compact and/or narrow body, small hands and feet. Often rounded eyes, a relatively small mouth and an upturned nose.

Delicate: Any outer line, contoured inner line. Can be any height as long as the bone structure is delicate and the facial features delicate. Usually big and/or rounded eyes and a rosebud mouth. Never large and strong features or a big bone structure.

Romantic: Curvilinear or curvy outer line, contoured inner line. Usually short or average height. Full and rounded features, never sharp. Typically hourglass or bottom-heavy.

Amazon: Linear or curvilinear outer line, angled inner line. Usually tall with large and/or wide features, or narrow with blunt features and prominent bone structure.  Typically wide shoulders. Will not appear dainty/delicate.

Urbane: Linear or curvilinear outer line, angled inner line. Usually a balanced body, with prominent facial bones and relatively balanced features or a mainly balanced face with one or two larger, more exotic features.

Experimental: Linear or curvilinear outer line, angled or contoured inner line. Usually short to average height. Compact and/or narrow body, a mix of large and small facial features. Typically prominent facial bones.

Minx: Curvilinear outer line, angled or contoured inner line. Typically sharp and small, dainty bone structure. Facial bones are often prominent with large or/rounded eyes and some sharpness (often in the nose or chin).

Serpentine: Curvilinear or curvy outer line, angled inner line. Usually average to tall. Full, facial features with a slightly feline/exotic look and a prominent bone structure that can be wide and/or sharp.

Minimalist: Linear or curvilinear outer line, angled or contoured inner line. Usually a balanced body or athletic figure, facial features balanced and slightly blunt.

Pixie: Linear or curvilinear outer line, angled or contoured inner line. Short to average height. Usually an athletic and/or compact body, features a mix of blunt and narrow, wide and small.

Ingenue: Curvilinear outer line, contoured inner line. Usually short to average height. Some blunt features, typically large eyes and full cheeks that give off a youthful vibe.

Wildflower: Curvilinear or curvy outer line, angled or contoured inner line. Usually short to average height. Blunt, wide and some full features with a relatively wide bone structure. Not sharp or very prominent features.

Dapper: Linear or curvilinear outer line, contoured inner line. Short to average height (not tall). Mainly balanced body and facial features, typically a small nose or mouth and small hands and feet.

Finespun: Curvilinear outer line, contoured inner line. Usually average height. Typically a balanced body with a small bone structure and some dainty facial features (often nose).

Rose: Curvilinear outer line, contoured inner line. Usually short to average height. Typically balanced to slightly bottom-heavy body. Some fullness to the features such as heavy-lidded large eyes and a slightly full to full mouth.

Kitten: Curvilinear outer line, contoured inner line. Usually short (not tall). Compact body with small, delicate bone structure. Usually large eyes with a rosebud mouth and small nose. Does not appear large or wide.

Doe: Curvilinear or curvy outer line, contoured inner line. Usually short (not tall). Compact, slightly wide bone structure with a combination or full/rounded and small facial features. Eyes are typically large and round. Usually small hands and feet. Does not appear sharp or large.

Cupid: Curvilinear or curvy outer line, angled or contoured inner line. Usually short to average height. Dainty bone structure, usually large and rounded eyes, full cheeks. Some dainty features that can be mistaken for sharp (e.g. the chin can appear sharpish when compared with fuller cheeks).

Languid: Linear or curvilinear outer line, angled or contoured inner line. Usually average height to tall. Elongated body, usually large eyes and slightly blunt features. Nose profile is often straight or convex. Face shape is typically elongated and narrow.
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The Style Memoirs has a Pinterest page with inspiration boards for all the types. Note: The boards were made to give an idea of the flair of each type. They are not examples of looks that only can be worn by that specific type or is all that the type (or everyone within said type) can wear.

One thought on “Style Taxonomy types and inner/outer line – connected?

  1. Catharine

    This was well articulated and I’ve long thought that there is more to style than external body shape. How you incorporate within a system that je ne sais quoi of Vibe, I don’t know but vibe does have influence.

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