Exploring Super Styles – What Stops You Letting Go?

In our research we found that some Style Types find it harder to let go of items in their closet than other Style Types.  Some women find the relationship to the items in their closet deeply personal – their clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories and everything else mean something significant to them.  Other women have more of a transactional relationship to their closets — they might enjoy everything they have but they aren’t attached to their style items.

What about you?  How do you feel and think about the items in your closet?

It’s always interesting to reflect on your style journey and how you come to be in the place you are now!  We do that often on our Facebook Page – ask questions about style of real women experiencing real style.

Our goal here at 16 Style Types is to help women connect, or reconnect, with their authentic style and become their most stylish selves (here’s 5 strategies for doing just that).  Asking interesting questions about how you “do style” is one great way to get that connection going!

What stops you letting go of things in your closet?

We took the responses to that very question and organized them by Super Styles – such a great way to look at your style!  There’s only four groups, instead of the 16 Style Types so you stand back and take a big picture look at how you’re approaching your style through the lens of these four fabulous Styles:  the SF Style Aesthetician, the ST Style Pragmatist, the NT Style Strategist, and the NF Style Dreamer.

Understanding your Super Style will give you a broad overview of what makes up the essence of your unique Style Type.  Your Style Type Report will give you the details and specific information you need to chart then travel your own authentic style pathway.

In this series of posts exploring the Super Styles, we take the responses to our Facebook post questions about style and share them with you, grouped by Super Style, to illustrate the way that each of the Super Styles goes about style.

What stops you letting go of things in your closet?

The Style Strategist – iNtuition and Thinking (NT)

  • I seriously can think of ‘possibilities’ for nearly every piece – realities are harder to act upon (INTP)
  • Memories, comfort, and a deep desire not to think about shopping (INTP)
  • They’re comfortable (INTP)
  • I see possibilities in everything. I could get past that- the big thing holding me back from a big closet purge is lack of energy. By the time I work and get home I am too tired (INTJ)
  • Absolutely nothing (INTJ)
  • Nothing- I frequently edit and do so ruthlessly (ENTP)

Read more about the NT Style Strategist Super Style here.

The Style Aesthetician – Sensing and Feeling (SF)

  • It was expensive, didn’t wear it much…lots of excuses…. Despite these excuses I’m quite good at chucking stuff out (ESFP)
  • A few things make me reluctant to edit items – sunk costs; time and energy required to edit; wishful thinking i.e. when I get the perfect job, when I lose 5kgs, when I become stylishly sophisticated, when someone gets married… (ISFJ)
  • I have made perfect outfits with these pieces, down to jewelry and shoes. Perfect! I hate to see all that thought and work disappear! (ISFJ)
  • There was a lot of effort that went into it — could have been lots of online research or looking in real stores to find it, or I made it or upstyled it myself, putting my love and energy into creating it.  Or it’s in my favorite print or signature color.  Or it goes with lots of other things, even if I don’t madly love it.  I find letting go difficult!  I can come up with any number of reasons or excuses to keep things, and often need quite a hard shove (like I’ve literally run out of room) before I feel comfortable letting something go.  But once it’s gone, it’s gone — I don’t hanker after it or wish I’d kept it (ESFJ)
  • It fits a special niche in my wardrobe (in my mind) or I have fond memories of wearing it (ISFJ)
  • It’s acceptable if not great, and I can either adjust it to suit (which I am doing in a slow way, BTW), or wait until something similar but better comes along and then let it go (ISFJ)

Read more about the SF Style Aesthetician Super Style here.

The Style Dreamer – iNtuition and Feeling (NF)

  • Nothing, I frequently curate my wardrobe. If it doesn’t serve me well, it’s gone. In fact I’m disappointed if I haven’t got anything to get rid of (INFJ)
  • Nothing unless it’s a form of wearable art (INFP)
  • Nothing, nothing at all. I enjoy letting go of the things that no longer serve me (ENFP)
  • I may not have left it, but it worked at one point, so maybe it’ll work again in the future (ENFJ)

Read more about the NF Style Dreamer Super Style here.

The Style Pragmatist – Sensing and Thinking (ST)

  • I spent good money on this…. These  still fit (or are +/- 1 size)…  I might need them some day when I … (gain/lose weight, go to that type of occasion, etc) (ISTJ)
  • Absolutely nothing, if it isn’t right it gets decluttered without sentiment  (ISTJ)
  • Really comfortable things (ISTP)

Read more about the ST Style Pragmatist Super Style here.

Further reading

How To Build A Future Focused Wardrobe

10 Simple Truths About Making Mistakes

How To Stop Buying Junk Clothes

Cleansing Your Closet

Leaving Space: An Approach To Wardrobe Gaps

Get the Full Details on Your Style Type in Your Style Type Report

Your Super Style gives you the broad strokes – your Style Type Report gives you the details you need to really make a shift in your style, including how you think and feel about your style, and what your style motivators are.

If you are already know your four-letter type, click here to get your Style Type report.  If you are not 100% sure of your four-letter type, believe you may have been mistyped in the past, or simply wish to take a fresh look at what makes you, you –  discover your Style Type here.


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