I was exceptionally pleased with this outfit when I put it together. In my mind’s eye it seemed quite chic. The multicolored scarf looked beautiful with the bright teal knit blouse. The dark indigo cropped jeans set off the burgundy pumps nicely. The blue jacket harmonized with the navy blue patent leather purse. Of course it should all go together! A quick check in the mirror confirmed my thoughts, and later that day my husband and I took a few minutes to photograph my newest fashion creation up in Griffith park. I couldn’t wait to see the resulting photos.
Later that day we looked through the images and I seriously wondered what was wrong with my fashion sense. The outfit was supposed to be a perfectly coordinated symphony of blues and greens highlighted with burgundy touches. Instead it was a cacophony of clashing elements. What went wrong?
Elements of a Fashion Faux Pas
My mother gave me this blue velveteen jacket early in the fall. I love the cut and the button details. There’s nothing wrong with the jacket. It looks good over a number of other pieces.
The scarf was a birthday gift from my mother-in-law. I love the rich fall colors. The teal in the scarf matches my teal knit blouse almost exactly. Even though I’m not happy with the outfit, I do love the combination of the top, jacket and scarf. The colors are so beautiful!
Finding a purse to wear with this outfit wasn’t easy, but at least the navy blue went with the blue jacket and jeans.
Here is the newest addition to my kitten heel collection. My closet is filled with black shoes, so recently I’ve been trying to buy some more colorful options.
Each photo looks nice on it’s own. The problem is in the combination of all the elements. I thought the colors would tie the look together but there’s just too much going on with the silhouettes, proportions, details, and textures.
I think you can see from these photos why I’ve decided to focus on collecting a few excellent, basic pieces this year. Would a pair of long, skinny jeans or elegant, slim, black slacks have made the outfit work?
For the last few years fashion has been obsessed with color and print. It was certainly refreshing and I indulged in the trend wholeheartedly. It was liberating to experiment with brilliant colors and multiple prints in the same outfit, but it’s not easy to get the look just right. In trying out more color and print myself I have become very respectful of the women who can put together bunch of seemingly unrelated pieces and make it look cute. It’s very easy to look like you’re trying too hard, or worse, like you rolled out of bed and put on the first few things you found. My outfit in this post falls more into the first category: trying too hard.
I’ve been asking around on Twitter for fashion resolutions and a lot of women have responded that they will be looking for perfect wardrobe basics in 2013. Will we see a return to a more serious, simple look this year? Minimalism is certainly intriguing me right now. I have an overwhelming urge at the moment to remove about half of the clothes from my closet and just leave the best, most wearable, simplest pieces, but maybe I’m just overreacting. I don’t want to give up color and print in my wardrobe entirely, and yet I don’t want to look like a walking fashion faux pas either!
Are you experiencing color and print overload too?