True Summer Polyvore

November 2, 2011 by  

To fill out the Dress For Your Landscape: True Summer, we had a request for a Polyvore. You know I can never just show a picture. There has to be words. And then too many words keep happening.

True Summer is particular. There are no scratches or smudges on her glasses. She keeps special cloths and fluids at home and office and purse and car. And watch her clean them or take off her nail polish. Like she’s in her own private hell. If Winter wants control, True Summer wants precision.

She’s helpful and tailored but not excessive, like a flight attendant. At all times, gun to her head, she is well behaved and ready to negotiate. In one word, and I know I’ll take some heat, the word I hold in my head when I search is ladylike.  There it is, the word we all love to hate. 50% of readers would swear I just said prissy.

Not prissy, prude, prim, proper, whatever. OK, maybe a little bit proper. Therefore she has personal restraint enough for all for us. Etiquette does make the world a better place and if everyone had more of it, oh, how good that would be. For this woman, a tub of Haagen-Daz really does have 4 servings.

This is a challenging clothing style to find in our Lady Gaga world. Ballet flats are too sweet. This woman isn’t that. She takes life pretty seriously, not as competition but as a force for good. She won’t have the bag in the shape of a frog and probably not a pink or yellow one either.

True Summer is least harmonized by menswear influences. This is a rounded body with many curved lines that glides when it walks. Boxiness, straight lines, rigid designs, they are not nearly as good as swirls. I think this is where the constant searching and feeling of unrest stems from that women have about shopping. The clothing industry has all these gaps it could fill instead of making more of the same. Women know what’s out there isn’t right and can’t quite put their finger on why.

I tried to think in terms of outfits so there are groups within groups here.

True Summer sets

True Summer sets by christinems featuring strappy sandals

Colours are a little muted. White white jeans will positively glisten next to the rest of the colours. They appear aggressive on a part of our body where that can send the wrong message unless that’s what you’re trying to do. Jeans in the very colour and texture of chalk would be perfect. No heat, no shine. Part of what holds the whole picture together is that little bit of greyness that hovers over it. No greyness and the item won’t fit under the umbrella so it sticks out there, getting wet, which looks neither strong or attractive. Pretend you can’t see the orange purse.

Some darkness is necessary. This person is usually quite medium in darkness, but some seem quite dark. The odd one has white blond hair, quite an effect next to the navy blue eyes, but there the eyes hold the dark.

Green is underdone because it’s hard to find. There are several. The prototype is clover, blued and a very smidgen dusted. Still a lot of colour. You know that background feeling of a grey fluff round the outer edges of a clover leaf? That’s very much the essence of True Summer, that  gentle blurring of the overall effect. The moon is like that, a very effective grey- white glow on this Season.

I won’t say too much. Ask if you wonder what I was thinking.


9 Responses to “True Summer Polyvore”

  1. Kristina on November 2nd, 2011 8:21 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you for responding to my request! :)

  2. Janette on November 3rd, 2011 2:46 am

    Hi Christine,

    Wow…I could identify with loads of that description…..and I love all the items in the polyvore…my eye went STRAIGHT to the orange bag…..!!!!
    I wonder if I could be a true summer ??? I was a romantic classic in my style day and a soft classic with Kibbe……
    I cant wait to see Nikki now……. x
    Janette x

  3. Natali on November 3rd, 2011 3:19 am

    I higly suspect my mom to be True Summer and she doesn’t look ladylike in my eyes, and i view ladylike to be like Paris Hilton. She loves menswear cloths and often buys that for work or everyday wear (though i all the time convince her to look like woman, not a man, ha-ha). We don’t have a possibility to get draped in our country, but had a lot color tests together to find out our ‘seasons’. And she looks her best in TS colors, def. max cool but a big no-no for a winter and any heat. I higly agree with TS personality statements, but def. not for style choice. She has got a few ‘romantic’ items but she never wears them. Btw she is ISTJ by MBTI tests and i guess that explains her masculine choices.

  4. Cathy on November 3rd, 2011 6:32 pm

    This certainly was worth the wait! It’s a wonderful word and picture reference. If only I could wear every single item shown but I can’t because of things like really flat heeled and high heeled shoes, age appropriateness, etc. But that doesn’t matter as this hits the nail on the head for me. But, reference is being made to an orange purse and I don’t see it but that’s OK, as it wouldn’t “suit” anyway. Thank you so much. These take a lot of time to assemble, not to mention write about. Hope your book will be available soon.

  5. Cathy on November 3rd, 2011 8:43 pm

    Blushing while typing….I now see the orange purse. I was so excited about the colors and styles that I missed it the first time though admit I had to look carefully for it the second time. Again, thank you so much for this. It’s just really “picture perfect” and “word perfect”. The clothing industry certainly does have gaps. I’ve got lots of boxes and square lines because that’s what has been in stores for such a long time. But lately I’ve been seeing more “floaty”, swirly, things.

  6. Ashley on November 14th, 2011 11:23 am

    Moonlight… I like that.

    I have a couple of questions. If I find myself thinking “raincloud” in terms of color, have I veered off into SSu territory? Also, witn TSu being 50% saturation or less, does that mean we could take any purely cool color and take it all the way down to 0% saturation and still look good in it?

  7. RK on November 29th, 2011 5:14 am

    Is it normal for some true summers to not be able to wear only light pastels? As a dark and contrasting person I seem to look weak in light colours alone. I can’t handle a winter’s contrast, and I look better in monochromatic outfits. Still I can’t help but wonder, are you a “real” summer if you can’t do all-pastel outfits?

  8. Christine Scaman on December 2nd, 2011 10:25 am

    You sure sound like a True Summer to me. True Summer has more darkness, clarity, and contrast than most expect or understand. The Light Summer wears many light pastels at once perfectly, but this is not the case with True. They need some darkness and contrast because that’s what they look like, just not as much darkness and contrast as Winter. There are 3 “real” Summers, only one is True Summer, and you sound like a pretty good fit :) You’ve made sense of the colours but the words on the tags might feel a little jumbled or unsure of where the overlap ends.

  9. Jennifer on April 12th, 2012 7:36 am

    Enjoyed this~thanks for your work. There is no question I am a true summer. I have the coloring…the personality…the eye pattern. I’m glad for this brief ‘personality analysis’. Explains a lot of things:)

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