Plain Jane Prototype

Updated: Mar 7

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Plain: (adjective) not decorated or elaborate; simple or ordinary in character. (from google dictionary)

Plain-Jane: (adjective) a girl that is plain, ordinary and not especially memorable or special. (from your dictionary)

Prototype: (noun) a first, typical or preliminary model of something, especially a machine, from which other forms are developed or copied. (from google dictionary)

I want to start out by saying I want you to be the best version of yourself. I want you to shine. I want you to feel amazing but the best way to feel amazing is to look the part. So often I see women and even men put on a uniform, yes, a uniform and I’m not talking about the attire worn for work either. No, these are clothes people actually choose to wear. Plain and ordinary clothing and that is not even the bad part, the bad part is everyone is wearing the same thing “prototypes”. Let’s just test my theory shall we, it’s easy. Go into the supermarket and actually count how many people stand out, of course this does not apply to those who live in places like New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and other cities around the world that are notorious for setting fashion trends. Would you believe me if I told you that my Alma Mater had a dress code when I attended several years ago? It wasn’t an enforced dress code, it was women choosing to dress like everyone else to fit in. I recall the app Whisper becoming very popular when I was attending University and I remember a girl at my University anonymously admitted in her whisper how she wishes she could wear what she wanted, I recall my cousin’s roommate who came to the University as a freshman with so many pretty dresses and stylish outfits just to dress in the same ole plain t-shirt and Nike shorts everyone else was wearing. I recall my fashion instructor mentioning how she wish people dressed up more. Can you imagine a world where people actually dressed up, every day, in the 21st century? Now comfort has stylish beat by a dozen, and people continue to overlook the fact that you can be comfortable and stylish simultaneously. Comfortable doesn’t have to mean mom jeans, a v-neck, and flip flops. Comfortable can be anything that works with your body, fits properly, is stylish, classic, sophisticated, edgy, and speaks volumes on your personality. Now I’ll admit I fell into the plain jane prototype at one point in my life, I have always been stylish for the most part, but I went through a phase for a couple of years where I kind of let myself go. I would wear yoga pants, t-shirts, and tennis shoes. This was my uniform, I was hooked on comfort and forgot about style until I had an epiphany and realized I did not even recognize myself anymore. This tends to happen for a variety of reasons with women, typically after having children, going through depression, weight gain, or a life changing event. Some women unfortunately never learned how to be stylish or never cared to be. That is where I come in. I want to change the game and bring back fashion. I am aware that this is a process that will not happen overnight. Rome wasn’t built in the day, and I am willing to be patient to see my vision come to life. So, if you feel like your image can use some improvement than let’s have a style intervention.

Here’s a quick quiz to get us started. You will need a piece of paper to mark your scores 1-4.

1. When you get up in the morning?

I already have my outfits planned for the day/week. (4)

I don't plan my outfits, but I can easily choose and accessorize an outfit without a problem. (3)

I get up and throw on the first thing I see without much thought. (2)

I don't care what I look like as long as I am comfortable. (1)

2. Wrinkled Clothes

No way, I have to have a crease. (4)

Makes me feel tacky. (3)

I just throw the clothes in the dryer to fix that problem. (2)

Oh well who cares. (1)

3. Yoga Pants

I would only wear to do yoga, DUH. (4)

They're comfortable for working out in as long as they come in cute colors. (3)

They are more comfortable than pants. (2)

That's all I own. (1)

4. Shopping...

I already have a personal stylist to do my personal shopping. (4)

I love shopping and trying on many stylish outfits. (3)

It's okay if I have to do it. (2)

I hate shopping. (1)

5. Jeans...

I prefer a more polished look and jeans are too casual. (4)

Jeans are nice to wear occasionally when paired with the right blouse, shoes, and accessories. (3)

I love jeans and they are so comfortable. (2)

Jeans are all I own. (1)

6. Dresses and Skirts.

Is crucial when it comes to enhancing my wardrobe for a more feminine appeal. (4)

Dresses and skirts are lovely and can be quite stylish. (3)

I don't care for dresses and skirts. (2)

You couldn't pay me a million dollars to wear one of those. (1)

7. Thrift stores and secondhand items.

You couldn't pay me a million dollars to wear used clothes. (4)

Can have some pretty quality items of clothing that is vintage and stylish. (3)

I go in there sometimes. (2)

That's the only place I shop. (1)

8. Fast Fashion...

I refuse to wear cheap clothing. (4)

Can have some pretty stylish clothing but the quality is not the best. (3)

That's all I can afford. (2)

Don't care for fast fashion or any fashion. (1)

9. Heels.

I own a collection of heels from top designers. (4)

I own a variety of heels for many occasions such as work, date night, and girl’s night. (3)

Heels are cute but they’re uncomfortable. (2)

I hate heels and will never wear them. (1)

10. Baggy Clothes.

Baggy clothes look unprofessional and are not made to be worn out in public. (4)

Baggy clothes does nothing for my figure. (3)

Baggy clothes are so comfortable, but I don’t wear them all the time. (2)

Baggy Clothes is all I wear. (1)

11. I know what my colors are.

Of course, this is important when it comes to choosing clothing that harmonize with me. (4)

Yes. (3)

No. (2)

Huh? (1)

12. I know what my body type is...

Of course, this is critical to choosing my wardrobe (4)

Yes. (3)

No. (2)

Huh? (1)

13. My Make-up

It is crucial that I wear make-up daily to look presentable. (4)

I love make-up, it is such an art and I wear it as an accessory. (3)

I like how make-up looks but I am too lazy to wear it every day. (2)

I despise make-up and do not need it. (1)

14. My Hair

Must be styled and presentable for every occasion. (4)

I love trying out different hairstyles. (3)

I just throw it in a messy bun and call it a day. (2)

I wash it and let it air dry, that’s it. (1)

15. My Confidence.

I have stellar confidence (4)

I have a lot of confidence especially when I look good, it makes me feel good as well. (3)

It’s okay (2)

I have low self-confidence (1)

16. I dress according to…

My career and lifestyle (4)

My personality and mood (3)

For comfort (2)

Nothing, I have to wear clothes (1)

17. My Closet.

Is organized by article of clothing, color, and season. (4)

Is organized with a variety of different styles for every occasion. (3)

It’s a closet, clothes are in there. (2)

I have a pile of dirty clothes in there and it looks like a pig stein. (1)

18. I identify with which look the most.

(4) Photo by Christ Geremie Darly's Oyembo from Pexels

(3) Photo by Ali Pazani from Pexels

(2) Photo by Vinicius Altava from Pexels

(1) Photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels

Score mostly 4’s = Fashion Perfectionist

You put an extreme amount of effort in your appearance according to your career and/or lifestyle. You are organized and sharp. Your appearance gives you respect, and many people admire you. You may already have a stylist or image consultant and do not need an intervention.

Score of mostly 3’s = Fashionista

You are stylish and trendy, you get plenty of compliments on your attire. You stand out. Fashion is your passion. You follow the latest trends. You may be happy with your look or may be open to a new look to keep it interesting. Minimal intervention is necessary.

Score of mostly 2’s = Presentable Plain Jane

You are presentable, you wear clean clothing, you may not iron your clothes, you are ordinary, and people do not notice you, you blend in when you were born to stand out. You may know a little about style but may be self-conscious of your body and/or afraid to step out of your comfort zone to fit in. You can use some education in fashion and style to give yourself a new look. Moderate intervention necessary.

Score of mostly 1’s = Unpresentable Plain Jane

You are unpresentable, you do not put any effort in your appearance and probably do not desire to. You are comfortable hiding behind baggy clothes, big t-shirts, and hoodies. You are extremely self-conscious, have low self-esteem, and low self-confidence and it shows. You need an ultimate makeover. High intervention necessary.

Now that you have completed the quiz it is ultimately your decision to go from there. Are you happy with your score? Take a look at yourself in the mirror, can you honestly say you are truly happy with the way you look? How do your clothes truly make you feel? If you are plain and proud, great. There is no pressure to look a certain way. But it is not a secret that the way you dress communicates to others non-verbally. The clothing you wear tells your story. Do you like the story your style is telling? Do you feel like you have the potential to be a better version of yourself with a new look? If so then you are in the right place.

I am Alisha Will and I am a certified fashion stylist, color analyst, and fashion designer. Not only is fashion my passion, so is helping others. I want to help you if you are willing to put in the necessary steps. There are so many resources out there, and many of the information free and easily accessible on the internet is not completely accurate. If you are ready for a change of style continue to follow by blog posts. I will offer valuable information about fashion and style that will ultimately increase the quality of your life. If you look good you feel good and life is too short to wear boring clothes. Let’s rock and roll with the punches shall we lovely dovelies.