I truly believe that some people have such a difficult time putting together something that is simple yet so stylish that they think the more they throw on, the better because they must be hitting the mark someplace amid the craziness of their outfit. I caught a segment on The Tyra Show and there was a girl on there who embodied this theory completely and totally. When you mix feathers with ruffles and lace-up leather boots with stockings and a pink dress and you have too much make-up on your face and there are four different hairstyles tied into one on your head, it’s just a hot mess and overwhelming and confusing to look at. Trust me, I am not a simple, laid back person by any means but I know that simple is definitely more. Don’t confuse simple with plain! I hate to advise people to be simple if they’re going to interpret that as being plain and boring because I am the furthest thing from that and I’m sure your intentions are, too! If you can keep it simple in the sense that your look follows a straightforward, sensible, well-guided route, then you’re good to go. Try following these rules I conjured up:
1. Always throw a neutral into the mix; i.e., don’t wear violet and blue with a touch of coral as part of your accessories. It’s an eyeful and too much to take in. There is a color wheel with color relationships plainly mapped out on it for a reason; memorize it and utilize it! If you want to wear a plum sweater with flashy peach bangles, fine, just make sure your pants, shoes, and earrings, let’s say, are all within the same neutral hue to balance out the look. Black, white, and nude are everyone’s best friends despite what you may think! If you’re lost, start with one of those as your foundation and colorize from there.
2. If you’re going to sport oversized earrings, leave the necklace at home. When you have a necklace on, no matter how big or small, and you’re planning on wearing anything more than a stud or modest chandelier earring or hoop, be careful because there’s a fine line between complimentary and craziness.
3. Just don’t overaccesorize, end of story. It’s fine to have on several different accessories, but in good taste and moderation. A chunky belt with a scarf and a headband and statement earrings makes your style say “I’m trying too hard and can’t decide so I mind as well be safe rather than sorry”. You’ll be sorry you were so safe.
4. As Whitney Port so familiarly knows, don’t be too “matchy matchy”. Having everything red from head to toe besides your jeans or wearing polka dot this, that, and the other thing screams “I don’t know what I’m doing and I’m four years old and this is the only appropriate time I will ever pull this off”. Touches of pattern or color or embellishments are amazing and make an outfit when done with something simple. You always need a focal point, not seven. A giant knotted, waist-length necklace with all sorts of detailing is gorgeous with a black wrap dress and black peep toe heels. It makes the outfit, you look elegant, stylish, and your look is one to be admired and envied.
5. Mixing prints, detailing, and fabrics that aren’t meant to be together, just don’t do it! Paisley and argyle? Just don’t do it. Stripes and polka dots? Just don’t do it. Fringe and ruffles? Just don’t do it. Studs and buckles? Just don’t do it. Flowers and stars? Just don’t do it. Zebra and leopard? Just don’t do it. Mesh and lace? Just don’t do it. Wool and satin? Just don’t do it. Patent leather shoes and pleather leggings? Just don’t do it. Tweed and tweed? Just don’t do it 😉
The point is, you don’t need to bring out your inner Lady Gaga in order to make a statement or set the tone for your style.