Style, for me, has never been about self-parade. The grossly over-the-top outfits that appear on countless street style websites have never been appealing. Instead, I see it as a circus act of who can cram the most labels on in the most haphazard but ‘ironic’ way. And as much as I admire the sheer aplomb of these women, it just isn’t my definition of style, or even fashion for that matter.
However, style wouldn’t be style without a thread *pardon the pun* of the unpredictable. A pair of tailored trousers with sandals, a leather jacket with a pretty dress… You get the idea. These nuances have now become such a part of our style mantra that they can hardly be called unpredictable anymore, but nonetheless, these contrasts are what I base my daily dressing routines around; resulting in something between the formal and the informal.
A double-breasted black blazer with trainers, a frilly pink sweatshirt offset by dark, ripped denim; items that compliment each other, paradoxically, because of their disparity. Pair any casual piece with something structured, formal or tailored and you instantly have intrigue. The same is the case with fabrics; something loose and sheer can be toughened up with leather.
I fell in love with this baby pink sweatshirt from yesstyle.co.uk as soon as I spotted it on the website. But when it arrived, it was more of a challenge to style it than I thought. Pairing it with the ripped, dark denim actually brought the top to life, giving a feminine item a more contemporary edge.
Getting a balance of contrasts can be a tricky feat, and when the harmony isn’t right, it can drown out the variation that you’re trying to achieve. But one you strike that perfect note, you’ll soon discover that you don’t need to dress like Dumbo to find your feet in the fashion crowd…
Blazer, Zara (old, similar here)
Jeans, Zara (old, similar here)
Trainers, CK Jeans (similar here)
Bag, Gucci (similar here)
Sweatshirt, yesstyle.co.uk (here)