Many people spend a lot of time and waste a lot of money trying to pick out their style essence. But they do it without proper thought and analysis of what they prefer themselves and instead try to mimic famous fashion influencers and beauty vloggers. It’s great to look up to a fashion guru for style inspiration, but following them blindly without adding your touch to your style is not as individualistic and satisfying.
There are many ways to determine your style preferences, but one of the most effective ones is to bring in your personality. But how exactly do you translate the nuances of your personality to your perfect sense of fashion?
In this article, psychology’s “Big Five” personality model is used to help you determine what level you are at regarding fashion choices. Let’s look into what the “Big Five” theory is.
“Big Five” is one of the most popular methods of establishing personality traits in contemporary psychology. The five personality traits are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.
For each of the five traits, the range that a person’s personality may lie in varies between two extremes, High and Low. Therefore, your exact personality style will be brought out by incorporating each of the five traits’ highs and lows.
This trait has to do with insight and imagination. People who are at the extreme end of this trait tend to have a variety of interests. They like to think out-of-the-box and are always curious to learn unknown things, and are eager to experience new things. They are unconventional. The downside is these people find it hard to stay loyal. They can be unstable and unpredictable.
Such people like to wear bold statement pieces and are not afraid to stand out. They like making heads turn. If you wish to incorporate openness into your wardrobe, try to start simple. You can introduce one bohemian piece of jewelry. This will help because working in an unconventional piece of accessory with an otherwise classic outfit can help you subtly stand out!
If you are closer to the lower extreme of the trait, chances are you like to do things in a planned out way and have a structured plan for the future at all times. You are not very imaginative and prefer to stick to the ideas and concepts you’ve grown up hearing about.
A closet for such a person would comprise of conventional pieces, often those that are conservative. Investing in shirts and coats of neutral colors is a great idea and can help you look structured.
People high in this trait are goal-directed and no-nonsense. They always abide by the rules. The downside, however, would be that they often forget to live in the moment and enjoy life. They tire themselves out by overworking to the extreme.
The style of such a person would be that of a workaholic. They prefer to look neat and dapper at all times like they have their life put together. Suits, cigarette pants are a great way to display your personality. While you’re at it, consider color contrasting and wearing prints like camouflage to spice up your wardrobe a little.
If you score low on this trait, you’re a happy-go-lucky individual who likes to take things as they come. You’re relaxed. But you’re just as likely to be irresponsible and disorganized.
Working this into your style would mean incorporating baggy fits, but try to hold your look together by coordinating baggy fits with well-fitting clothes. You could pair a crop top and a fitting blazer with a pair of mom jeans and look relaxed as well as put together.
This trait is about sociability, assertiveness, and the ability to express emotions. They are great fun and often the life of the party and feel energized when they are around a lot of people. However, the fear of missing out can drive them crazy.
If you’re an extrovert, you should dress loud and catchy, like you’re ready to make a statement and be the center of attention. Bright colors should do the trick.
Introverts, however, tend to stay alone and away from buzzing lives and social circles. They dislike small talk and feel exhausted at the idea of socializing. These people, however, miss out on various opportunities and also lack socio-emotional development.
These people like to dress comfy and don’t mind looking their best at all times. Snuggly sweaters and t-shirts are their best friends. However, if you’re thinking of switching things up, we suggest wearing graphic t-shirts for your favorite band. They make for great conversation starters.
This dimension of personality deals with altruism, affection, and trust. People who are at the high end of this trait are caring, cooperative, and kind towards others. They do not think of themselves to be better than their peers. However, it is extremely easy to take advantage of such people.
If you score higher in this trait, you like to dress in soft tones so that people can perceive you as soft. Pastels and florals are great prints on you. You would also like to wear dresses that seem sweet.
If you score high in this trait, you’re most likely to be conceited. You like to keep maintain your distance from people because you don’t easily trust others. It is hard to form relationships when you have such traits.
Reckless clothing is a favorite of this type. Numerous piercings, tattoos, ripped denim, leather jackets, and spiky boots are your favorite things.
Moodiness and emotional instability are essential aspects of this trait. High scorers in this trait feel fluctuating emotions. These people are self-conscious and constantly worried about how others perceive them.
Their fashion choices tend to be aggressive, almost as if they’re trying to hide underneath them. Black and solid colors are always their best friends. Any average person may never actually want to wear these or believe they can pull off these out-there outfits.
People who score very low on this trait are rational. They aren’t easily angry or sad. They can process their emotions better than those who are high on this trait.
These people dress more freely. They tend to dress in comfortable and outgoing clothes and aren’t worried about what others think of them. They like bright outfits and uncomplicated prints. A yellow maxi dress or a polka-dotted shirt are great outfit choices for such people.