Fashion Feng Shui, which considers clothing to be your body’s most intimate environment, applies Feng Shui philosophy and principles to personal appearance.
Using the energetic language of nature’s five elements: Water, wood, fire, earth and metal, to describe physical appearance, preferences and goals, lifestyle, and clothing design elements, Fashion Feng Shui elevates what was once a mundane routine to a mindful ritual, so that getting dressed becomes easy, fun and empowering.
WHAT ARE THE FIVE ELEMENTAL ARCHETYPES?
We are energetic beings. Therefore, Fashion Feng Shui’s five elemental archetypes illustrate how nature’s five elements are represented in the energies of the mind (intentional), spirit (essential), and body (visual). Each elemental energy is personified according to his/her archetypal goals, preferences, and appearance.
Intentional energy is consciously created. It is the energy attached to what you have ‘in mind’ to be, do and have. Essential energy is unconsciously expressed. It is the energetic lens through which you see the world, the assimilation of your core (driving force), character (emotional nature), and conduct (way of being), the unique ‘essence’ that is you. And visual energy is physically transmitted. It is the vibrational pattern created by ‘how you look,’ influenced by the energies inherent in your colouring and body shape, and the colours, patterns, textures , fabrics and silhouettes of the clothes you wear.
EVERYTHING IS ALIVE
Chi, the universal life force, animates everyone and everything in our world giving us a whole new perspective on the people and possessions that surround us. Through Fashion Feng Shui Eyes, if you consider your surroundings to be alive and talking to you all the time — think about what your clothing is ‘saying’ to, and about, you.
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED
Every one and every thing is connected by a ‘worldwide web’ of energy. Therefore, your actions and attitudes affect every one and every thing else in the world — and vice versa. Through Fashion Feng Shui Eyes, connect with the people you meet and places you go to. Ponder on these questions: Do your clothes reflect your surroundings? Are you dressed appropriately for every interaction and occasion? Is your wardrobe functional? Does it support your desired lifestyle?
Nature is in a constant state of change.
When you change, you align yourself with the energy of the moment, so should your clothing. Figure this out: Do your clothes align with the current you? When is the last time you made changes to: Yourself ? Your personal style? Do you or your clothes require updating?
LIVE WITH WHAT YOU LOVE
The state of your surroundings affects your state of mind. Surround yourself only with your favourite people and possessions. Wear only clothes that make your heart sing!
PUT SAFETY AND COMFORT FIRST
Avoid filling your environment with ‘hazardous furnishings,’ ie, anything which, does not contribute to your personal safety and comfort. Do you perform wardrobe audits? Are you living with clothes that are not as perfect?
ORGANISE & EXPRESS YOURSELF
Your wardrobe should be in an ideal condition, if you expect your life to be so. Ask yourself: Is your wardrobe in a state of disorganisation or disrepair? If so, is it a reflection of a like-mind set? Or, could it be manifesting the same in your life?
Fashion Feng Shui maintains that, in order for your personal appearance to be authentic and attractive (literally and figuratively), you must address and integrate your intentional, essential and visual energies so that you are able to create a wardrobe plan that defines the colours, patterns, textures, fabrics and silhouettes that align with your spirit, affirm your goals, and enhance your physical appearance.
When you dress with Fashion Feng Shui, your wardrobe is a holograph of all that you are and all that you wish to be.