Why Don’t You…
1. Go into your closet, or your favorite shop, and put together an outfit of mixed prints that make a powerful marriage?
Above: Here, her dots and stripes have similar “weights” and dimension, so one doesn’t overpower the other; the red and black are a powerful team, and the exact white backgrounds tie the two pieces together. When playing with mixed patterns, make sure the cut and styles of the pieces (tailored v. loose, for instance), as well as the weight and texture of the fabrics, are similar.
Right: The geometrics in her shorts work perfectly with the stripes in her shirt, both brought together by the herd of zebras (also called a zeal of zebras).
2. Mix fabrics and styles, as much fun as mixing patterns, but with more relaxed rules. A playful, yet sophisticated, circle skirt, in shiny wool & silk twill, is paired with a chambray shirt and a vintage inspired sweatshirt. Casual tops (in most any fabric) look great with dressier bottoms (skirts or pants), as long as one piece doesn’t overwhelm the other, either in cut, fabric or color.
3. Give your wrists more excitement than they’re used to, by circling them with lots and lots of bracelets. Gold goes with silver; bangles go with cuffs and bulky goes with delicate. Take out all the bracelets you own and start playing around with them. You’ll know when you’ve created the perfect set. It’s impossible to make mistakes.
Why Would You…
1. Choose accessories just because they attract attention, even if you look downright silly and they do nothing to enhance your style.
Left: We know Ralph Lauren loves himself, but do you want to be a walking billboard for him? The bag takes logos to a new height… or should we say low. Possible Exception: Your partner’s name is Ralph.
Right: If Picasso had painted one of my handbags, I’d never let it go. But the woman’s face, staring out from this ridiculously expensive Prada bag ($3,950), is outlandish and not especially appealing as art.
2. The last thing colorful and expensive sling backs need is colorful ankle socks. Just because the colors match doesn’t mean the shoes and socks look good together. And the shade of the fancy skirt makes the sock-shoe duo look even more horrible. This is an example of a fashion stylist trying way too hard.
3. Clunky black shoes overwhelm her feet, not to mention the light and lovely pleated, halter-top dress. Let’s leave the look to young women who think they’re edgy and keep wearing shoes that flatter our feet, go with our outfits and draw admiring glances when we walk down the street.
4. This all works, but don’t try it at home. Young, sweet things can carry off over-the-top looks, but they’ll make you and me look like clowns.