When the mood takes you, strike a pose
It’s not what you wear but how you wear it.
Postures, like everything else, have fashions. Looking like you are about to give a military salute may charm Grandma, but it’s not very 2017. Modern style is dynamic – if the person isn’t actively doing something, then they probably look as if they’re about to. If you find yourself ‘on display’ but uncomfortable, especially with people you don’t know, you can change how you carry what you’re wearing.
The ninja could jump in any direction at any time. Shoulders are carried over the pelvis and arms; knees are a little bent; body weight forward. The feet are in a medium stance – not too wide and pointing in different directions. A ninja moves through a room plotting an escape route and might indulge in a little discrete assassination.
Best in dark colors, lightweight materials, no accessories.
The guardian is an immovable object. They have a wide-based stance, and unlike the ember and the introvert, the guardian does not lean. People in a room move around a guardian and will probably say sorry if they bump into them. Shoulders are back and arms can be crossed or hang loosely because flexibility of arms and knees is the key to their strength. Pick someone to protect.
Best in black and white, tight, no patterns, boots.
The Ember ( My Fave)
The ember likes looking at their own body and other peoples. And back again. Embers excel in complicit smiles. When they lean, or sit, they are in a state of wide-kneed relaxation, body weight carried on their heels, pelvis forward, hands open, chin pointing at someone. The ember is so hot they are smoldering.
Best in a towel. Or, loose, patterned fabrics and rich colors. But with the right looking at, and looking back, they can get away with anything.
The introvert could be anywhere they’re so deep in thought, and this generates curiosity in those around them. Their arms and legs may be crossed or angled into their body, head slightly down. Introverts are all elbows. They gravitate to the emptiest part of the room and don’t invite anyone to join them. People will anyway. Especially if they peek out occasionally.
Best in glasses, hats, books, hoods and high collars – anything you can hide behind.
Striking a pose will at least give you something fun to do and it’s interesting to see how the people around you respond. Pick a pose and dress to match it!