Kitchener Essence Quiz - What's Your Style?

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Take a look in your closet. Is it filled up with soft, flowy fabrics in neutral colors? Do you embrace bold, dramatic lines that accentuate your body? Do you fall somewhere in the middle? Do you have a little bit of everything? Everyone has a unique style essence that represents them. Your individual image falls somewhere on a spectrum between the soft, round yin and bold, sharp yang. Every essence has its own particular energy and style and clothing choices you tend to make are often influenced by it. So, which one is yours? And more importantly, what does that say about you? It's time to find out, and it'll only take the 30 questions on this quiz. Once your style reveals itself to you, lean into it and see how you feel. Don't forget to challenge your friends to complete it too and see how your results stack up.

History Lesson

The Tapestry of Trends: Tracing the Threads of Style Through Time

Style, in its essence, is the outward expression of society's aesthetic preferences, a visual language that evolves with the ebb and flow of cultural tides. From the draped fabrics of ancient Greece to the elaborate court fashions of the Renaissance, each era's style reflects its values, technologies, and social structures. In ancient civilizations, style was not just about personal expression but a marker of social status and identity, with clothing and accessories often indicating one's place within the social hierarchy. As we journey through history, the Middle Ages brought about a fusion of styles influenced by both the East and West, especially during the Crusades, which introduced Europe to fabrics and designs from the Islamic world, enriching the continent's sartorial vocabulary.

The Renaissance period marked a turning point, emphasizing individuality and the human form, leading to styles that accentuated body shapes and introduced a richer palette of colors and materials. This era set the stage for the lavishness of the Baroque and Rococo periods, where fashion became a theatrical display of wealth and power, with intricate designs, luxurious fabrics, and opulent accessories. The Industrial Revolution later democratized fashion, making stylish clothing more accessible to the masses and paving the way for the rise of haute couture in the 19th century, where designers like Charles Frederick Worth became the first to dictate style to their clients, rather than the other way around.

In the 20th century, style became a powerful medium of self-expression and rebellion against established norms, with each decade marked by distinct trends that reflected the zeitgeist, from the flapper dresses of the 1920s to the minimalist chic of the 1990s. Today, the digital age has ushered in an era of unprecedented style diversity, fueled by social media and global connectivity. Fast fashion, sustainability, and the blurring lines between high fashion and streetwear are shaping contemporary trends, highlighting a global conversation about identity, culture, and the future of style. As we look forward, the history of style continues to weave its intricate patterns, reminding us that fashion is not just about clothes but the stories we tell through them.

Did you know?

Where did style essences come from?

Have you ever heard of style essences? If you're here, you're curious about what yours is. Most people attribute David Kibbe with the concept of style essenses based off his 1980s book "Metamorphosis." However, the can be traced back to the 1920s, when Belle Northrup elaborated on how yin and yang apply to style and personalities. John Kitchener expanded upon Kibbe's system, introducing clothing styles that harmonize well with a person's dominant physical traits. The idea is that clothing that looks the most harmonious on you will follow the natural lines of your body and face, creating cohesive, effortless look. It's why some people can absolutely rock one style that might make another person look washed out or frumpy. Kitchener's essences essentially describe how the world sees you. For example, a gamine might naturally be perceived as rebellious by other people while an ingenue comes across with an almost childlike innocence or naivete.

How to Play?

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