Synthesizing Conflicting Outfit Elements

Synthesizing outfit elements

The Work Shop top, Talbots tank via Savers, New In skirt via Spice Village, Lawn Party necklace, Kinn Studio locket, James Avery Texas charm, Rat charm (similar here), Charmco Football charm, The Sak bag via Poshmark (similar here), Amazon socksJ.Crew shoes via Poshmark

Sometimes I go through periods of boredom or disinterest in the various elements I find in my closet. I obviously have lots of color, shapes, and textures I can mix and match as I please, but I sometimes have a habit of always reaching for my most predictable pieces. My style can become quite formulaic, overly youthful, or too “matchy matchy,” (as seen here) which is why I’ve taken such a liking to Allison Bornstein’s fashion advice. Two of her most popular style concepts are the Wrong Shoe Theory (also featured in this post) and the Three Word Method—both of which I’ve tried my best to follow and incorporate in my life. The Wrong Shoe Theory is focused on choosing a shoe that doesn’t fit the theme or style of one’s outfit, which in turn creates an even more unique and personalized look. I’m often synthesizing contrasting elements in my closet to try and achieve success with Allison’s theories of contradictions and discord. For this outfit in particular, I wanted to incorporate many disparate pieces in one look that make sense as a whole. Synthesizing contrast like a knit top with a linen tank top paired with a nylon athletic skirt and schoolgirl socks and ballet flats seem like the perfect Wrong Shoe Theory expanded to an entire outfit! There are many ways to create juxtaposition with jewelry, accessories, shoes, and clothing items, and I would start with one central piece, mixing in counter textures or fabrics to find the sweet spot of personal style. I think I accomplished just that with my athleisure-cozy summer-school girl look!

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