Along with spring come a slew of associations — be it beautiful blooming flower, or knowledge that final exams are just around the corner. Not surprisingly, spring’s spanning impact can also be seen through its influence on all things sartorial. The conventional path taken by most Fashionistas during this season consists of a cute, but somewhat cliché incorporation of floral patterns and prints. In an ever-evolving world of fashion that offers an abundance of novel style options, the term “conventional” is often just a polite synonym used to describe something that’s boring. The association between spring and flowers is blatantly obvious, as flowers are the literal representation of the perceived metaphorical rebirth that comes along with spring. But because fashion is an art form and personal style is a means of expression, why not harness your sense of adventure and do something a bit more controversial or unexpected? Instead of incorporating a symbol of life and rebirth, why not incorporate a symbol that represents the opposite phenomenon?
From Halloween to Hamlet, skulls have been endowed with an air of eeriness due to their universal association with the afterlife. However as with all forms of art, perception is the key. While many people interpret skulls as being morbid, I see skulls as a strong physiological symbol of human equality. While we may vary in the clothes we wear, the color of our skin and countless other factors, stripping away all those differences leaves us with simply a skeleton. Although skeletons show some variances in size, they represent a physical factor that unifies and equalizes all of us as human beings. In a world that strives to create divergence, it’s humbling and beautiful to remind ourselves that below the exterior we aren’t that different after all.
This week’s Fashionista was a springtime vision of edge and elegance, showing the strong impact that comes with the sartorial incorporation of skulls. The maximally contrasted hue of her blouse allows for the skull print to vividly stand out, while her use of dark denim and brown-toned accessories creates a simple, chic canvas that avoids overwhelming an already bold top. Note how she buttoned her blouse all the way up, thereby balancing the cool print with a pinch of collegiate formality. The key to incorporating this trend is to make the skull piece the focal point of the outfit, while contrasting it with feminine fabrics and silhouettes. For Fashionistas who don’t mind a bit of a splurge, Alexander McQueen scarves have become an absolute style staple. I’m also enamoured with Jeffrey Campbell’s skull-studded loafers, which perfectly combine edge, practicality and formality. There are also a multitude of accessories, such as clutches and bracelets, which can be used to create a more subtle skull touch.
Let this spring be your inspiration for a style rebirth, but in a less conventional way. Perhaps you’ll fall in love with the skull trend as much as I have. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with having a few skeletons in your closet.