It's only fitting that I'm introducing WATER, the first of this five part series on the elements of Fashion Feng Shui, with such an emotional feeling in my heart... that's such a water thing to say. But I am emotional about this. Not only have I been working harder than I have in a long time to bring this initiative to fruition, Fashion Feng Shui has been such a big part of my career behind the scenes since I started my business in 2008. Now, having the right inspiration, platform, time, and audience to share it with feels like such a long time coming. But here we are, and I hope you like this as much as I do. If you haven't read my intro post about this series, you can find that here. And without further ado, we are starting today with WATER.
What is water? Water is deep. It is flowing. It's free and unpredictable. It's dark and mysterious. It's full of possibilities, and its vastness knows no bounds. You could stare at an ocean for hours and hours, and still be seeing something new every second. It's peaceful and serene. It's artistic. It's soft, yet it can be so harsh. It's not everyone's cup of tea - some avoid the water. It's an element that calls you to be alone, and take in the world around you.
Here's the part where you can listen for some key words that you feel you really relate to. Sure, everyone will probably relate to most of the elements in some way. But to determine your key element, or your "essence," we look for which one really feels the MOST like you. You might know right away when you find yours, or you might be debating between a few. That's normal!
Who is Water? The archetype for water is the Philosopher. Philosophers are intellectual, introspective, mysterious, rebellious, and introverted. They love their alone time, and they thrive on challenges for the mind. They're constantly searching for a better awareness of the world and their place in it, and they love to expand their minds. They look inward, but seek knowledge outward. They gain more energy from being alone than from being around people, which can be draining for them. They don't like to be put in a box. They like to march to their own beat, and might change that beat up unexpectedly. To some, it may seem that waters have an edge to them, and that might be true - but most of the time they're just wrapped up in their own thoughts. Waters are spiritual, serene, and artistic. They're the creatives of the world. They might even have a hard time accepting that they're "waters" because they don't like labels. It' good to understand that the waters in your life need their alone time to do their watery things. My husband is a water and the term "water time" is said daily in our house. He needs his time where he can be alone and read, do yoga, write, or just collect his thoughts at some point in a busy, social day.
How do we wear water? The part where the elements relate to fashion is the part that brings up the most questions, but when you hear about the clothing for each element, it'll just make sense. To bring water into your wardrobe, you could do it in any of the following ways. Keep in mind that you don't have to do them all! If you try to do that, you'll go crazy. Just find the ways that speak to you...
COLOR: Dark, deep hues. Black, navy, burgundy, eggplant, charcoal
TEXTURE: Sheer, flowy, supple
STYLE: Avant garde, boho, creative, rebellious, sensual, worldy
SHAPE: Asymmetrical, tiered, flowing, irregular
FABRIC: Sheer, reflective, flowy (chiffon, gauze, panne velvet)
PATTERN: Ethnic patterns, ombré, paisley, waves, drops, abstract
Or just say, "Don't tell me what to wear." ;)
How can water help you?
If you ARE a water, you won't really need to try very hard to bring it in because at least some of the adjectives and clothes mentioned above will speak to your vibe in some way. You may want to take a look at your wardrobe and see if there are some new ways you can bring water in to make sure you're honoring your authentic self. And if you are NOT a water, there still might be some good reasons to bring it in. If you have goals for yourself that have to do with intellectuality, creativity, spirituality, getting in touch with your deep inner self, becoming more zen, or spending more time alone, water is the element that can help you. The power of intention is honestly SO STRONG. When you start "dressing the part" of who you want to be, major things can happen. This is the magic of it all. So if water sounds like it relates to your intentions, whether they're intentions for the day or for the year, think about adding something to your outfit that has water. Maybe it's a mysterious fedora like this Janessa Leone one that I'm obsessed with. Perhaps it's wearing more black, or maybe you go with something more edgy and creative than you normally would. A one-shoulder dress or top. A vintage boho caftan. A black moto jacket. Try it out and see if you feel any different!
So what do you think? Are you a WATER? Feel free to ask questions in the comments! And look out for element #2 next week...
Photography by Heather Kincaid