What do you think? I have to say, I am not totally sold on the idea. Of course, adding color, pattern, texture or shine may make the outfit more interesting, no doubt about that. What I question is certain method which, similarly to the styling of J.Crew catalogs, when applied too often starts being predictable and, as a result, not interesting. Fashion is always after something new, fresh and unexpected so when you always add a pop of color, mix in pattern and texture and slap on statements necklace it looses its novelty. Suddenly, we see matching shoes and purse and exclaim 'how unexpected!' I guess everything works in moderation.
To check my theory I went though some of my favorite outfits and noticed that the ones I like the best would have some of the four elements but often only two or three. I usually have some shine (jewelry) and most of the time I use the color for visual interest (even if it is a neutral combination). Then I usually have either pattern or texture but usually not both and if I do I would lose color or shine. There are exceptions of course and there is a question what counts as any of the four.
With all that said, texture is definitely a great way to vary a monochromatic outfit
All the orange/peach tones in this outfit might be a little boring if not for combining soft and plush of cashmere sweater, bumpy texture of the tweed skirt and smooth and hard leather purse.
The second outfit is even more monochromatic and the main interest is provided by the texture of the lace cami.
|All by J.Crew|
The cobblestone cardigan is here also for the benefit of WMM, who owns a sweater in this color but was asking for styling suggestions. This is probably not very innovative, to pair it with black but I liked it a lot. Actually, I am a big fun of cobblestone. There are brown and gray tones in it so it goes with everything that would go with gray or brown. It is great with red or ochre, but I am afraid not so great with blue which maybe caused some problems for Wendy, who owns a lot of blues. But it is also wonderful with any patterns that have a bit of brown or gray in it, so how about that cheetah skirt? Additional benefit of this color is its taming powers. My daughter calls this a Grandpa color, it is perfect to try with something bright, shiny or laud. Even the lace for work may be questionable, but the sweater tones it down, so I felt perfectly appropriate.
I really liked how this outfit turned out, it was one of my recent favorites. Another reason I liked it was that it creates almost a mod dress silhouette which I like a lot but the mod dresses offered by retailers for some reason never work for me.
This last outfit is all about texture, we have chunky cable sweater, fur vest, cords and shearling.
|Lambswool Cable Sweater and Faux Fur vest by Boden|
I think it works because the rest is fairly monochromatic and pale so the texture is the only focal point. I think any more color, pattern or shine would be distracting with so much texture.
That's all folks!
What do you think of 'Color, pattern, texture shine' mantra?
What is your favorite element to add to an outfit?
Have you done any walking in the snow?