There is a story behind every meaningful piece of clothing in my closet. My go-to example is a white lace dress that I got in Chicago a few summers ago. Though it was an inexpensive purchase from Forever 21, it is framed by exciting memories I had in the city with my closest friends. Every time I wear it, I clearly remember the delicious dim sum I had at a nearby bakery as well as the music festival I rushed off to later that day with the dress thrown in my backpack.
And just like how the circumstances around a purchase can make it special, the content within a certain piece of clothing can also convey special meanings and memories to us. This outdoor-loving Fashionisto manifests this sentiment in his outfit where neutral shorts and shoes complement a graphic T-shirt that represents something extremely personal to him: hiking, mountains and just nature in general.
This Fashionisto wins because he not only integrates one of his passions into his style, but he also practices good color aesthetics. I wholeheartedly believe that fashion, just like a special hobby or experience, is personal and should say something about your personality. Integrating a graphic tee of a favorite band, place or school into your outfit is a very easy way to show off something that means a lot to you. At the same time, it should be done tastefully. Rather than drowning his outfit with other obnoxious colors or prints, he tones it down with a cool combination of black and gray, keeping the focus on what’s on the front of his shirt.
Hint: Don’t be afraid to let your personal experiences shape your daily style, but also make sure you aren’t overwhelming your outfit with other distracting patterns.