Throughout history, writers have given us couples that do not seemingly work well, but by the conclusion of the play or book you are compelled to rethink your philosophy of love and romance. Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, and Elizabeth and Darcy are couples who despite their many problems have withstood the test of time as quintessential examples of true love. The obstacles faced by these lovers — whether warring families or social expectations — make the couples that much [better] as illustrations of love and encourages reconsideration of romance. The same goes for fashion.
Seeing an outfit composed of pieces that technically should not go together (should being a relative term) always makes me stop and reconsider my definition of fashion just as these couples have changed my outlook on love, for better or worse. There is something about clashing pieces that feels so right, it can’t be wrong. This Fashionista proves my theory of contrasting patterns. Her multi-printed dress boasts a floral skirt and a polka-dot strewn top. These two opposing patterns are tied together with a background of black that allows the pastel flowers to pop. To further mesh the two designs, she opts for a structured denim jacket, which adds texture and remains neutral.
Continuing to be a study in contrast, her edgy black combat boots are topped off with neon laces and a sweet pink heart brooch decorates her jacket lapel. These little details boost the ensemble past a simple sundress and jacket combo and create a getup that is eye-catching and thought-provoking. Mixing patterns and incongruous wardrobe pieces creates endless possibilities.
To get this Fashionista’s look, pair a mixed patterned dress with a classic denim jacket. It is such an easy outfit concept that can be rendered in many different ways, allowing you to showcase your personality and style. Add various accessories to ramp up the contrast, letting the details range the gamut — from sweet like these heart stud earrings and a flower crown to daring like these combat boots and a spiked bracelet.
If this outfit is anything to go by, I think it’s true what they say: opposites attract.