In the past few years, my style has consisted mostly of black, preppy menswear-inspired attire. But with the recent explosion of pastels on the runways, I’ve found myself more and more inclined to dress like an actual girl. To illustrate this transition, I found Antonio Berardi’s spring 2014 collection to be the perfect inspiration. Upon first glance, the clothes seem all girl: pinks and reds rampant, with intricately detailed fabrics woven throughout the soft, floaty fabrics. But look just a little bit harder, and a tougher aesthetic starts to reveal itself. Contrasted against womanly silhouettes and shiny, couture-like fabrics are boxy shapes and casual, everyday pieces that offset the potentially overbearing sweetness of the clothes. The many juxtapositions create excitement within the collection: sweatshirts paired with long, flowing trains; hard, straight lines popping against soft shapes; and a sheer element added to formal looks to provide some much needed rebellion to the otherwise modest attire.
For my outfit, I tried to incorporate all elements of the Antonio Berardi collection. To create my look, I used the juxtaposition from the runway show to come up with the perfect mix of pieces. My red dress is soft and flirty, but the loose shape and large sleeves give a boxy look that keeps it from being too girly. To the dress, I added an obligatory leather jacket, which never fails to balance out any sweetness in an outfit. The black from the jacket is just the right pop against the bright red dress, and the many zips and buckles provide a tough aspect that aligns perfectly with Berardi’s contrasting looks. Though the outfits in the collection were paired with towering high-heels, I chose to pair my own outfit with sandals. The silver shoes brought some of the futuristic details that were subtly included in the show, while keeping the outfit casual and uncomplicated.
Transitioning from one style to another can be difficult, but with a few tricks it can be done flawlessly. If you happen to find yourself in a rut, consider adding a new element to your look. As Antonio Berardi’s collection perfectly demonstrates, pairing the old style with the new can create excitement while still allowing you to stay true to yourself.