Perhaps you have figured out your best colours, shapes, fit, lines… all of that stuff. Armed with this newfound knowledge, you head to the stores. You bring dozens of garments with you into the changing rooms, only to feel dismayed as not all of the items look good on you despite technically ticking all the boxes. Maybe that dress looks simply too twee on you, or perhaps that sweater looks underwhelming. A solution to this is knowing your best style type; your style taxonomy.

Your style type reflects your facial features, your build, your overall expression. It aims to tie all of your unique features together to find styles and garments that suit you. It is a blueprint of your style rather than the finished result, meaning that one style type can be rendered in a myriad of fashions (for instance a gothic Romantic, or a bohemian Romantic). The style types help making your style cohesive and tailored to you.

The style taxonomy system consists of 6 main types: Dramatic, Natural, Classic, Gamine, Delicate and Romantic. Each type can be combined with another to create a new type. In addition to the types seen in the table below, there is one final type that is a combination of three types: Languid (combination of Dramatic, Natural and Delicate). All in all, this means the style taxonomy system consists of 22 unique types.


Each of the types have their own flair. When you combine two of the basic types, you get a new type that combine a bit of both worlds to create a new expression. Below you will find an example of the basic types and how they compare with each other. Do note that each type is illustrated fairly stereotypically below as to show the differences between them more clearly.

The 6 basic types