Although my style can easily be filed under the umbrella category of "Vintage", and most definitely "Feminine" (androgyny is not something you'll find in my closet), within that broad spectrum there are many different style personalities. My day to day wear mirrors the sweater-girl style of the classic pin-ups by artists such as Gil Elvgren and Edward D'Ancona (I'm not saying I look like a pin-up, just that I wear similar clothes!).
Then I have my sophisticated, classic, ladylike side, at home in tailoring and forties tea dresses and sleek pencil skirts with hats and dainty gloves.
Then there's my cartoonish, kitschy side which manifests in nutty applique circle skirts, plastic jewellery and a penchant for bright colours and cherries and novelty prints.
Telephone print skirt with telephone dial belt! (via elegant musings)
These are probably the 'dominant' personalities in my wardrobe - and often they overlap (my plastic jewellery doesn't necessarily look out of place with a chic dress). But that's not all there is to it. There's also a bit of a preppy, collegiate side - over the cooler months I live in my 1950s corduroy pinafore (jumper, in American) dress, and I'm always drawn to tartan, plaid and checks although I don't have nearly enough in my wardrobe.
Neither could I do without the check skirts and peasant blouses of my romantic-gypsy side (when I was - oh I don't know, nine - I had a pair of costume jewellery clip-on earrings with dangling miniature coins. I wore them all the time).
There are also, inevitably, many style personalities that don't fit with me at all. I know I keep saying that everyone should wear what they love etc etc, but sometimes you really can love something but it's just not part of your own style personality. I can't 'do' the ethereal, bohemian style of the Bright Young Twins, who have an effortlessly ethereal style with a slightly bohemian edge, floating around in Edwardian nighties and button-up boots paired with tweed and 1930s furs.
Neither can I quite pull off goth - I admire the style (especially after my trip to Japan a few years ago) - Dita von Teese and Helena Bonham Carter both have slightly gothic tendencies and I love them. But I could never resist the urge to incorporate something a bit colourful or wacky. Besides, it's not a look that sits well with a headful of bouncy golden curls. I wouldn't make a good goth.
Gothic Dita (source)
Girlish flourishes like frills tend not to sit well in my wardrobe, either. Casey often has a slightly classic-meets-girlish edge to her outfits - she's drawn to ruffles, scalloped detailing, Peter Pan collars and pretty bows. Fleur also has a soft spot for a touch of ruffle.
Another thing I will never, ever be is minimalist. Loads of people look amazing dressed head to toe in black and camel, body-skimming fabrics with the most understated of accessories. But yeah, not gonna happen.
Working out your wardrobe personality (personalities) can be a great help to defining and refining your own style - and realising why even though you love a look, it doesn't necessarily work for you.
What are your wardrobe personalities?