Saturday, 23 June 2012

Texture: The Fiber in My Sartorial Diet

This past week I was thinking quite a lot about creating looks from what already exists in my closet, but kicking it up a notch using pattern and texture. In art school, they used to always encourage us to push ourselves just that little bit further, to make a new choice, and not rely on the safety net of your ingrained habits and ideas.  I have decided to make more of a concerted effort to apply this philosophy to my daily wardrobe choices.

I hasten to add that I'm not talking about major neon pattern-mixing madness here. I cannot foresee myself in a pair of aztec print leggings paired with a fuchsia leopard blouse. No, I am simply taking something that I would normally reach for and kicking it up a wee smudge....in a way that looks perfectly sensible from afar, but will make you want to look at it for a second longer than usual once the details become apparent. Like when you have to look at something for a minute to figure it out. But in a good way.  It may be that only you know that this sartorial deviation is even there at all.  Think of it like sprinkling flax meal over your cereal in the morning. You may or may not be able to see it, but you know that it it there, and it makes you feel good.

So. Texture.
Here are some of the week's experiments.


Tweeds! Stripes! Colour! Beads! Oy!
J Crew merino sweater with beaded trim, J Crew tweed skirt, New Look tee and belt, Naturalizer 
sandals, which have heels, but you can't see them because they are sinking into the stones. 



It looks conservative enough from over here...
Wait for it.....

Sha-ZAM!...Plaid skirt! Leopard Shoes! Cables! Zap! Pow! 
Neiman Marcus Cashmere top, Anne Taylor Loft wool skirt, Donald J. Pliner shoes, New Look belt
And some really awesome natural lighting provided by Scotland. Thanks, Scotland.

Studs! Ethnic Print! The room is spinning!
New Look Aztec tee and J Crew studded merino cardigan




So there it is. Experiment complete. Discuss.



15 comments:

  1. Love all the looks! Doesn't it fell great when you discover a new way to vent your creative urges. :-)

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  2. It does indeed vivian, and it is a lot easier (cheaper) to do it with things you already have lying around in your wardrobe. Thanks for the nice comment!

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  3. I'm thinking mixing it up is the way forward. Definite success. I have a leopard print 60's style jacket which I wear with a breton top. It sounds awful on paper but actually looks amazing with skinny jeans and some funky boots. Or maybe I just think I look awesome and everybody else thinks I look like a crazy lady.
    Loving the studded cardigan!

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  4. Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it! :)

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I've not been at it that long, so it is nice to get positive feedback.

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  5. I like 1 & 3 the best. Three is probably my favorite.

    It may be cool enough for cashemere where you are but it's too hot here for turtleneck sweaters, even sleeveless ones, to strike a note with me.

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    1. Alas, here it is cashmere season pretty much year-round. Today it is dry-suit weather.

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  6. I'm with Rose - also everyone who says keep going forward. Also, nice work, Scotland, with that lighting:).

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    1. I know, right. Clearly Scotland got a big head from all that praise and now thinks it can do whatever it wants, because today the heavens have opened and I can barely see out the window.

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  7. I love these looks too, especially number one and (sorry about this) especially the colour of your shed, which I had set my heart on, only to find that it has been discontinued...

    Anyway, I read your post about Madras and was thinking how come I never had Madras in my life? Because bright colours in grey British summers just don't work. But lo, yesterday I chanced upon an old photo and what should I be wearing but a Madras jacket. I had completely forgotten about it. Even if I do say so myself, I looked pretty good in it. (But then at 26, why wouldn't I?) The thing is, it's a top half shot so only I know that paired with the jacket was - deep breath, sharp scratch coming - a pair of culottes. What to do with this recently resurfaced recollection? Celebrate the joy of the jacket or blush for the bum note of the bottom half?

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    1. Oh definitely celebrate. I'm a glass half full kind of gal... And I think everybody at some point has had some madras...some have repressed it, while others, like me, have come to embrace it.

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  8. Great experimenting and #1 is my favorite.

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    1. Between you and me (and everybody reading this post) that's my favourite too.

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  9. Just want to say that you have great legs girl!

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    1. Well THAT'S the best thing I've heard all day. Thanks!

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