STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Hole-y Ground

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Detailing on a garment can take it to another level. It is when “features” are added to a piece of clothing for a more attractive look. This can be anything from functional or non-functional add-ons like zippers or pockets, pleating, embellishing, draping, smocking, and in this case, hole cutouts. When I think of the usage of holes in my wardrobe, I look back to the days of denim jeans with pre-made holes but now it is so much more than that. These details are being strategically placed in clothes for those who are in need of something a bit more adventurous and different.

When I asked this Fashionisto if I could report on him for CollegeFashionista, the first thing he said was, “But I’m not proud of my outfit today.” All I could think was “No way! I love it!” Apart from his triple-buckle bracelet and purposely undone shoelaces on his combat boots, it was obviously his T-shirt that caught my attention the most. The punch outs on the front of his top were perfectly balanced with the same detailing on the armholes. Although it is just a black T-shirt, this brought a distinct touch to his too-cool-for-school look and showed how much potential an everyday piece can have.

Sure enough, fashion designers have incorporated the use of perforation into their own collections. On the eastern side, Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week showcased Reynu Taandon’s spring/summer 2011 safari collection filled with neutralized colors and cutouts on button-down tops and short shorts. Alexander Wang’s spring/summer 2012 show included the hole-y details all throughout his athletic-esque collection. My favorite aspect of the collection was the application used on the pockets of the pants especially in a simplistic manner such as this look here. Of course, Sarah Burton’s design aesthetic for Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection was a showstopper as always as she applied honeycomb shape cutouts not only in the garments but as well as the wide-brimmed, hollow hats.

Whether you’re wearing holes as a distressed, grunge factor like this Fashionisto or sporting them upon clean-cut silhouettes, take a chance with this twist of fashion detailing. It will surely rev up your style and set yourself apart from the rest!

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