Ed. Note: What can I say? One of my favorite people, creator of one of the best blogs in the blogosphere, a writer with few equals and here she is! Lisa of the truly brilliant blog, Amid Privilege. I could go on, and on, but it’s best you read Lisa and you’ll see what I’ve been trying to say. . .
Hello everyone! Lisa speaking, from that hotbed of software technology, Northern California.
As Tish makes so evident, French women find their style apparently without effort. Maybe it’s in the water?
Here in Silicon Valley, however, we’re a teeny, tiny bit less chic by nature. To compensate, we calculate. What do I mean?
A Style Algorithm
I know it’s more common to have a Style Phrase, or a Style Icon. But here in the Valley, surrounded by software programmers, venture capitalists, and other People Who Do Math, we rely on a formula. Here’s how it works. In a numbered list, of course.
- Everyone’s got their sweet spot in the Style Spectrum, on a scale from 1-10. In other words, just how much style impact do you want to make? This isn’t about whether your style is good or bad, just how noticeable. I’m a medium-high, or a 6. I want to evidence style, but look like I’m not trying. You?
- Determine your parameters, and weight them. Mine are Color, Fanciness, Revealingness (which is not a word, I know, but we’re doing numbers here so we don’t care), Fuss, Silhouette Flattery, and Total Pattern Quotient (which includes texture because it just does).
- Now balance all your parameters to achieve a total Style Spectrum Score. Instant enlightenment.
Any time you display quantitative information, you’ve got to have a legend. Even so, confusion is possible, but at least your audience won’t feel you’ve taken them to a desert island populated by numbers and dumped them under a palm tree called Eight. The crab is Nine, in case you’re wondering.
- Color: I cannot wear any yellow or tones thereof. I could go out in head-to-toe color, as long as we’re talking blue. Those of you with different palettes would reverse this ratio. So the desired color pointage is achieved by balancing blues against yellows. Black, white and gray, of course, count as freebies.
- Fanciness: This score must be zero, because it’s all about being appropriate.. However fancy the occasion, my personal fanciness must align precisely.
- Revealingness: Which we are going to pretend is a word. The value must be one. I pretend I want this value to be zero, but I don’t. A little vanity harms no one, right?
- Fuss: A matter of personal limitations. I just can’t bear to fuss with my clothes. Anything I have to adjust pains me to no end. Scarf-wearers of the world, we salute you!
- Silhouette Flattery: There is a certain shape of myself I like to see. Others I do not. I sense the nodding of heads.
- Pattern: As long as we include texture, I am glad to score high. Cable knit is a pattern, right?