Do you have a strong fashion sense? I’m not simply inquiring as to if you possess a clearly defined look or an encyclopedic knowledge of designers. My question runs deeper than that. I want to know: do you rely on your five senses when getting dressed every morning?
Our senses guide us through life. The smell of burning wood, the sound of a siren whirring past or the feel of a fuzzy kitten all evoke strong feelings. Similarly, the smell of a leather bag, the sound of click-clacking heels and the feel of a shaggy fur coat all extend fashion beyond the realm of the visual. Considering our society’s fixation on a “look,” we often forget that the feel of an ensemble can sometimes be just as important.
Take today’s Fashionista for example. As I was reviewing her image, the variety of textures in her outfit struck me. From leather fringe to silken cow-hair loafers, she wears an array of fabrics, all with unique qualities. In the world of fashion, we often talk about mixing the high with the low-priced or the feminine with the masculine — these contrasts create interest in an ensemble. Texture can serve the same purpose. Even if you will be the only person to feel your clothes, the differences in weave and knit will create a rich visual landscape. I love how this Fashionista takes her mixing one step further by pairing a blue/green plaid with bold leopard print shoes. She exudes a confident, rocker vibe while also maintaining a casual feel that is perfect for a day of classes.
Now that the weather is cooler, go ahead and reach for your coziest sweater. Then, pair your chunky knit with sleeker bottoms, like these shiny nylon pants. Next, find a bold shoe like today’s Fashionista. You can buy her leopard loafers from Steve Madden or opt for a chunky boot and contrast the leather with some fuzzy socks. When we divert our attention from the obvious, our wardrobe can be seen in a whole new light. Try noticing the texture of your clothes first and then their silhouette and color second. I think you will be surprised by the interesting combinations you find that otherwise would have never crossed your mind.