Breaking Rules Effectively

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Shirt: H&M | Shorts: Thrifted | Hat: Target | Shoes: Dr Scholl’s | Bag: Coach | Watch: Anne Klein

Over the years I have learned many things about clothes, and how to dress for my body type. But the thing that I tend to get complimented on most is my style. Style is that thing that everyone strives for, but do you really know what it means? In the words of Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” This is something most people do not truly understand. Fashion is the trends that fade in and out of popularity, it is new and old ideas and designs. Style is the ability to wear fashion in ways that flatter your body and personality. Style is not always the ability to follow rules, but sometimes can be the ability to break them effectively.

This outfit for example breaks one rule we learn very young: Do not mix white and off-white. However, I know that I can do just that if I wear simple pieces, and add another color that ties the two together. If you’ll notice, the centerpiece of this outfit is not that I’m mixing shades of white, it is the touches of black that I have added throughout.

I started building this outfit by choosing a classic: a white striped tee from H&M. Then I when I decided to wear the off white short, I thought a tan hat would pull the darker shades out in the off white and really offset the two colors. I liked how the black band on the hat brought out the stripes in the shirt, so I added a black shoe to draw even more attention the color, and of course wore my staple watch. I wanted this shoot to be all about the outfit so I didn’t add any color to my lips or eyes.

This shoot was a little bit more candid than some of my others. If there is one thing that I’ve disliked about blogging so far, it’s feeling like I need to pose for pictures. I always think that candid pictures turn out the best. And today I added a couple that show how I really act like most of the time I do shoots, which is awkward and dorky and happy.

Don’t forget a big part of style is having the attitude that you can pull off whatever you put on your body, so don’t be afraid to own it!

[It’s Elementary, Dear]

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