Do you love shapes and structure in your outfits? Do you like unusual and bold geometrical jewelry?

Then you may well be an ARCHITECTURAL style personality.

 

If you aren’t sure what your style personality is, you can take this fun quiz to find out.

 

You are likely to have one dominant style personality, and then a second style personality that you are drawn to. As an architectural style personality, you are likely to also find yourself attracted to elements of minimalist and classic dressing.

For instance, Patricia (below) combines elements of the architectural style personality, shown here with the geometric pattern on her dress, with characteristics of classic style.

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How to tell if you are an architectural style personality

1. You pay attention to the structure of clothing

You aren’t too keen on floaty, flowing fabrics. Instead you like your clothing to have structure. You are likely to opt for fabric which gives some shape to your look rather than a smock style, for example.

Mila (above) has chosen a structural skirt, with the shape created by pleats and paneling. She combines her look with very architectural earrings.

2. You choose heel shapes which are unusual

As an architectural style personality, one of the ways to show off your taste is in your shoes. You like heels which have architectural detailing such as a square or cone shape, twist or cut-out detailing.

3. You like geometric jewelry

You aren’t a fan of whimsical jewelry featuring florals or soft shapes. Instead, you are likely to opt for contemporary pieces which have geometric shapes. Your bracelet of choice will be a cuff style.

Diana (above) wears black and white, which tend to be strong colors for those with an architectural style. She combines a geometric-style coat with cuff bracelets, earrings and sunglasses which all have a strong shape.

 

You can read more about Diana’s style in her style interview here.

 

4. You may also have architectural hair

If you have an architectural style personality, you are unlikely to have loose, flowing locks. Your hair is a reflection of your style, so you may opt for an asymmetric cut, a bob or blunt fringe. Or you may wear your hair back.

Greetje (above) often combines elements of architectural and classic style. Her blunt-cut bob reflects that.

 

You can see her as a brunette and read more about Greetje’s style in her style interview here.

 

Celebrities with an architectural style personality

You’re in very stylish company when it comes to celebrities who have an architectural style personality. Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett are two famous examples.

Both women don’t like wearing floaty, bohemian pieces. Instead, they opt for structured pieces and like to mix it up a bit on the red carpet. You are just as likely to see them wearing a tuxedo than a dress.

They are also drawn to minimalist and classic styling, but like to give their looks an architectural twist. So, you might see them wearing a dress with structured shoulders, an oversized collar, a funnel neck, a cape or a dress with an unusual neckline.

Architectural style personality tops

The architectural style personality will usually have a white shirt in their closet because of its versatility. You can wear with a tuxedo, or under a dress.

You will also want to look out for tops with structured necklines and asymmetric detailing.

@curvycartel (above) wears a top which could also fit in the closets of other style personalities, including the romantic and glamorous personalities. She teams it with a pair of pants which are perfect for the architectural style personality.

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white tunic top – Check tank – Snake print top – Stripes asymmetrical tank

Architectural style personality sweaters

When opting for a sweater, graphic black and whites are likely to appeal to you, as well as funnel neck pieces which offer some structure.

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Funnel neck sweater – Color block sweater – Simplicity sweater – Reversible vest

Architectural style personality coats and jackets

You are likely to want to keep your coat in a neutral shade. But, having said that, you won’t rule out any color provided that it suits your style. A primary color such as red will go beautifully with your monochrome pieces.

Boyfriend blazers, tuxedo styles, trenches and moto jackets with zips and asymmetry will appeal to you.

Moto jacket – Asymmetrical coat with belt – Chill out jacket – Horizon coat 

Architectural style personality pants

The architectural style personality is often more likely to wear pants than skirts and dresses.

Look out for wide-legged pants, tuxedo styles with stripes on the side of the legs and pants with geometric patterns. Striped pants are particularly on trend this summer.

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Striped ankle trousers –  Leggings – Straight leg trouserWide leg pants

 

Architectural style personality dresses and skirts

While pants are likely to be your daywear go-to, you are also drawn to skirts and dresses which have some structure and elements of asymmetry.

Agnes (above) looks stunning in her white and black wrap dress. She adds further architectural style with her box clutch bag.

When it comes to skirts, you will also be drawn to the structure of a pencil skirt.

dresses for the architectural style personality | 40plusstyle.com

Asymmetrical high/low dress – Ultimate dress – Stripe asymmetrical hem dress – Halo effect dress

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Cinnamon asymmetrical skirt – Black asymmetrical skirt – Colorblock midi skirt – Gray asymmetrical skirt 

Deborah

(above) wears a pair of culottes designed to look like a skirt. She teams her outfit with geometric jewelry.

 

You can read more about Deborah’s dramatic style in her style interview here.

 

Architectural style personality shoes

Shoes are another great way to show off your style personality. Look out for shoes which come in a beautiful metallic color such as a burnished bronze.

Also, shoes which have unusual style detailing will appeal to you. Look out for heels which have a cone shape, or are circular, transparent or have a shape that is different from the norm.

When looking for sandals, a platform pair with wider straps is likely to suit the rest of your outfits.

shoes for the architectural style personality | 40plusstyle.com

Kate Spade mule – Fly London sandal –  Jeffrey Campbell slide sandals – Miz Mooz open toe bootie – Nick+Zoe half d’orsay pump 

Dayle (above) wears an outfit which perfectly mixes patterns. She teams this with ankle-strap shoes.

 

You can read about how to make your style more arty in Dayle’s style interview here.

 

Architectural style personality accessories

The old saying goes that the devil is in the detail. That’s definitely true when it comes to adding accessories.

A classic architectural style combination would be a white shirt and contemporary, geometric jewelry like in my outfit below.

I consider myself a mix of architectural, Eurochic and a natural style personality. I love geometric and architural pieces but I also need comfort and natural materials.

One of my favorite ways to add a bit of architecture to my looks is contemporary jewelry and asymmetry as evidenced in the image below and the top image.

The tunic below has an unusual shape as it goes wider at the hip making this tunic very architectural. It’s super comfortable and one of Stella Carakasi’s best sellers. You can get it here.

Necklace is from Singapore brand In Good Company. Ring by Birabiro designed by my friend Lydia. She has a lot of fantastic contemporary jewelry in her shop. I couldn’t find the exact same ring, but I’m loving this 2 finger version.

While other style personalities might opt for classic styles of teardrop-shaped drop earrings or jewelry and scarves featuring florals, you will prefer geometric, contemporary shapes.

You will also like some structure in your bags. While you like to carry a tote, you opt for pieces with contemporary styling, or some stitching which adds shape.

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Sole Society statement necklace – St. John Collection pendant necklace – Gemelli necklace – Gemelli drop earrings – 8 Other Reasons drop earrings – Skagen leather watch – Vince Camuto cuff bracelet – Sondra Roberts tote – Sole Society tote – Topshop snake slouch tote

Jean and Valerie (above) show off architectural style with aplomb, teaming geometric shapes with chunky jewelry.

Here are 9 outfits for the ARCHITECTURAL style personality using pieces from above

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