Essential Self, Essential Style: Align Your Inner Essence and Other Expression Paperback – 1 Apr 2002
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Well, most of it, anyway. The part that isn't rubbish has been plagiarized from the many books on the Enneagram, and I can't find anywhere that the authors acknowledge their debt to them. This is the part that speaks of three centres in our psychology, the thinking, doing and feeling centres, and says that we all have one of them that is out of balance and not so well used. This is true, though not new.
The "original" bit is where they tell you that you need to express your "essence" by including some item of dress that represents your underused centre. For instance, with me, that would mean wearing trainers with my long skirts and blazers! What rubbish!
The authors recognize only three styles of dressing, one for each centre. This is quite obviously wrong. There are many styles of dress, and many variations, not just the three obvious categories of sporty, traditional and elegant, which the authors outline here. I don't fit into any of these. I'm an artsy, romantic type, and I wear feminine, artistic clothing. I was hoping for some hints on how to develop this style, as wearing clothes like this does reflect my "essence" and helps me feel confident about myself. But I wouldn't be seen dead in sporty, traditional or elegant styles! Nor would the vast majority of people. Just pick up any other books of styles and fashions, and you'll see how inadequate this little booklet is.
I wish I hadn't bothered to buy it, and it's going straight to the charity shop.
If you are interested in this subject, then do try "Style Statement" and "The Power of Style", plus any books from the Colour Me Beautiful people. Thjey are much more useful.