Happy Boxing Day. In honor of all the new pretties procured during the preceding winter holidays, please partake in the pursuing primer on mixing and matching.
Uniforms have a delightfully useful purpose. Identifying the person who delivers your mail, changes your bed pan, or brings you nourishment. Avoiding confusion between these services with a simple visual identification can only be called crucial. However, some things in life should not be oversimplified. You, for example: a many-tricked pony, incapable of being tamed by a single definition. It is reprehensible for you to wear the same blouse with the same trousers every time you retrieve them from your closet.
Let your wardrobe crossbreed. Have you seen what happens when cousins take a liking to each other? Allow some diversity into your ensembles and breed a prosperous wardrobe. Mixing & matching allows you to have a vast set of outfitting options without requiring an Imelda Marcos wardrobe scope. In essence, mixing and matching is a money saver, dispensing a new outfit rush without draining a dime for the fix. For debt, my lovelies, is never attractive.
Beginning Mix & Matching: Use Color as an Accent
Pair a muted neutral trouser with a vibrant color that suits your complexion. Or take a solid dress and pair it with a dramatically hued shoe. Matching is not a prerequisite. And layering during reduced temperatures is both practical and pretty.
Intermediate Mix & Matching: Yes Paula, Opposites do Attract
A story without conflict is boring. We don’t necessarily want an outfit villain, but maybe just an outfit trouble maker. Someone in your ensemble that induces interest. Create some chromatic conflict by pairing one color with it’s opposite or complement on the color wheel. Or dramatize a demure solid with a shameless pattern.
Advanced Mix & Matching: Or how not to look like Carmen Miranda
Despite what people who aren’t right like me will say, you can weave multiple patterns into a single ensemble. The trick is choosing lead motifs and supporting ornamentation. Prima Donnas are singular. Keep all your patterns in the same color family for further sophistication. The more colors you introduce, the greater chance you have of looking like a chiquita banana advertisement.
Below is an ensemble example of the mix & match principles.
Autumn Song Hoodie: Colorful, embroidered buds around your finger keepers give you a wealth of outfitting possibilities.
They don’t match, they go. They’re a complimentary color to the green above and they reminisce the embroidered buds on the sweater.
Coupling the high waisted Skythed Lawns Skirts with a tucked-in Whirligig Cowlneck uses the principle of opposite, complementary colors: pairing persian green with poppy pink.
Layering the multi-hued Autumn Song Hoodie over the solid Familiar Places Dress provides yet another outfitting possibility.
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Laura Ingalls Gunn says
I think one of my New Year resolutions is to break out of my safe uniform. I think I may just start with the Party Bell~a shoes. They are adorable.
love what you are doing here. thanks for all the tips.
i wanted to ask you…i was reading below & i noticed you said that lean & long figures are the only ones that can pull of a skinny jean. i have a few curves on me, but i love skinny jeans with boots. i wanted to see if you think that rule still applies with a boot? i haven’t found any other jeans besides skinny’s that tuck into my boots the way i want them to.
Ashley Ann says
I just bought one of the Fashion Look Books for my cousin, Stephanie. She lives in Sandy, Utah. Please email me so that we can go over the details. I am super excited..I am sure she will love it! Thanks. [email protected]
Reachel Bagley, Personal Shopper says
j. – Skinny boots can be conducive to a fuller figure if you balance them with the weight of boots. The volume of boots is able to balance the line of the hips. I myself am a curvy girl and booted is the only way I don skinny jeans.
i found that to be such a helpful little peice.
i really regret not trying on that autumn song cardigan. you had it in the fitting room, but it looked so boxy to me —but it is so feminine and sweet looking, and on your model, it looks very structured.
you are such a great help!!! thanks for all you do—you rock.