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by Olga Brylińska
Minimalist Style Patent

Your ultimate base

Selecting the correct answers provides a clear outline of how your style will work. The Minimalist Style Patent (MPS for short) is the foundation for building a personalized wardrobe. It can be used as a basis for the Ethereal typology or as a compendium related to the Kibbe typology. In addition, MPS is readable for people who do not know the Ethereal typology or Kibbe types well. In this case, it is enough to familiarize yourself with the concepts of Yang and Yin (see Resources) and with the basic knowledge of style.

You can select the correct answers yourself or with the help of third parties.

The guidelines below refer to clothing/style features.

Main aspects of MPS:
YANG LEVEL

LOW

MODERATE

HIGH

YANG in style – all men’s fashion inspirations that have permanently entered women’s fashion. Raw and minimalist styles as well as those with a hint of edgy. Clothes that are tight-fitting and considered sexy (see Crimson Ethereal). In addition, youth and sports styles also have YANG connotations.

YIN LEVEL

LOW

MODERATE

HIGH

YIN in style – elements of clothing commonly described as strictly feminine or girly/sweet (e.g., flared dresses, frills, drapes, delicate fabrics, lace, flowers, polka dots). The high level of YIN is well illustrated by the 1940s fashion (see Retro Fairytale Ethereal).

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

LONG

MODERATE LENGTH

SHORT

EXAMPLES:

  • mid-thigh blazer, long coat
  • classic length blazer, over the knee coat
  • short blazer, mid-thigh coat 
DOMINANT EDGES

SHARP

SOFT

WAVY

EXAMPLES:

  • classic trench coat, collared shirt
  • knitwear and other soft fabrics
  • a frill or the hem of a flared skirt
CUTS AND FIT

STIFF, DEFINED

SOFT, UNDEFINED

TIGHT-FITTING

TAILORED

RELAXED

FLARED

In this case, as previously, much depends on the type of fabric. Defined cuts require moderately stiff or stiff fabrics. Soft and undefined shapes are e.g., knits, all fine fabrics, stretch denim, soft wools. Another aspect is the fit to the body. In a simple way, we divide clothes into: tight-fitting, classically fitted (tailored) and slightly or more relaxed.

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

MINI

MEDIUM

MIDI

MAXI

MINI – length shorter than above-the-knee to very short

MEDIUM – length above the knee, knee-length, below the knee

MIDI – length up to mid-calf

MAXI – longer than mid-calf

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

LOW

MODERATE

HIGH

EXAMPLES:

  • a dress with a low or high waist
  • darts or slight gathering at the waist
  • flared dress with a clearly defined waist
ELEGANCE LEVEL

LOW

MODERATE

HIGH

To what extent would a given outfit be suitable for a strict dress code or, for example, going to the theater. Elegance also means classic styles (including the so-called classic feminine style – see Retro Fairytale Ethereal) and minimalist, polished, stiff styles.

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

LOW

MODERATE

HIGH

How far a given oufit goes beyond the framework of generally understood minimalism or classic style (including the so-called classic feminine style). A high level of extravagance means standing out from the crowd, not following current trends.

Supporting aspects:
DETAILS AND PATTERNS
  • soft necklines
  • sharp necklines
  • shallow necklines
  • deep necklines
  • exposed shoulders 
  • turtlenecks
  • collars 
  • stand-up collars
  • hoods
  • draping 
  • frills 
  • lace 
  • floral patterns
  • polka dots 
  • chequered patterns 
  • stripes 
  • animal motifs
  • geometric patterns
  • abstract patterns with soft lines
  • blurry patterns 
  • shine
  • asymmetry
  • pattern size – small/medium/large
  • number of decorative elements – small/medium/large
COLORS

First, you should choose your best colors (colors, not their shades or hues). Next, you need to determine the characteristics of your chosen best colors and how they will function in the style.

FEATURES AND FUNCTIONS OF SELECTED COLORS:

TEMPERATURE

COOL HUES

NEUTRAL HUES

WARM HUES

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SATURATION LEVEL

LOW

MODERATE

HIGH

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CONTRAST LEVEL (combination of colors in an outfit)

LOW

MODERATE

HIGH

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NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

LOW

MODERATE

HIGH

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LIGHT-DARK LEVEL IN THE ENTIRE CLOSET

LIGHT COLORS – established in percentage

MEDIUM COLORS – established in percentage

DARK COLORS – established in percentage

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MPS IN KIBBE TYPES

Below are the main aspects of the MPS for each Kibbe type with the correct answers selected. Sharing them on this page is intended to facilitate understanding of how MPS works in practice. As a resut, we get a clear and extremely concise view of styles for each of the 13 basic types – from Soft Gamine to Theatrical Romantic.

The guidelines below refer to clothing/style features.

The list refers to pure types and does not include individual modification

SOFT GAMINE

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi 

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVELS

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVELS

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high
GAMINE

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi 

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVELS

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVELS

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high
FLAMBOYANT GAMINE

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

DRESS LENGTH*

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi 

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVELS

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVELS

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

*Skirts are not the best choice for FG women.

SOFT NATURAL

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi 

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high
NATURAL

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi 

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high
FLAMBOYANT NATURAL

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

DRESS LENGTH*

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi 

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

*Skirts are not the best choice for FN women.

SOFT CLASSIC

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long* 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi (only for the evening)

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

*SC women look best in smooth dresses with no seams at the waist (silhouette is not cut). Hence the long lines.

CLASSIC

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi (only for the evening)

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high
DRAMATIC CLASSIC

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi 

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high
SOFT DRAMATIC

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi 

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high
DRAMATIC

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi 

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high
ROMANTIC

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi (only for the evening)

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high
THEATRICAL ROMANTIC

YANG LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

YIN LEVEL 

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

DOMINANT VERTICAL LINES

  • long 
  • moderate length
  • short

DOMINANT EDGES

  • sharp 
  • soft
  • wavy 

CUTS AND FIT

  • stiff, defined 
  • soft, undefined 
  • tight-fitting 
  • tailored 
  • relaxed 
  • flared 

SKIRT AND DRESS LENGTH

  • mini 
  • medium (above the knee, knee-length, below the knee)
  • midi 
  • maxi (only for the evening)

LEVEL OF WAIST DEFINITION

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

ELEGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

EXTRAVAGANCE LEVEL

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

NUMBER OF COLORS USED IN ONE OUTFIT

  • low
  • moderate 
  • high

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