Personal Style Development

I’m a collector of color and style books.  The latest one I found is Your New Image Through Color & Line, by Gerrie Pinckney and Marge Swenson, c) 1981.  They have a chapter covering McJimsey’s Yin/Yang theory of style and explain how your style develops over time.

First think back to when you were a child. All children are actually yin, because yin is youthful and yang is mature, but they still use the following illustration.  “The small Gamin, being more masculine, we will consider as Yang, and the small Ingenue, being more feminine, we will consider as Yin.  You were a combination of two, but one was dominant.  The dominance of your Yin side and your Yang side will change at different periods of your life.

Which little girl were you?”

 peppermint pattysally

GAMIN (Yang)                                                       INGENUE (Yin)

The Gamin child grows to become Natural or Dramatic.  You can actually be Gamin usually up to age 16-25, and then return to being Gamin in older age when we become more Yin again.   “You can stay Gamin your whole life, providing you remain short and your facial features are small.” “A Gamin is a miniature, small-scale Natural.” Or a Gamin is a short Dramatic.

The Ingenue child grows to become Romantic or Classic.  You can be Ingenue usually up to age 16-25 as well.  “A Romantic is a mature Ingenue.”  “There are, however, some 40-year-old Ingenues running around trying to look and act like their teenage daughters in a vain attempt to recapture their youth.”

They state “regardless of how Gamin you might have been, however, there will be an emergence of the Ingenue at about age 40.”

“Your place in the family, the sex of your siblings, where you lived, the personality of your parents — all had influence in the development of your personality.”

“The two personalities which cannot be combined in one woman are the Dramatic and the Ingenue, because they are opposites.”

Take the Personal Style Quiz!