STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Style Advice of the Week

A commonly held misconception about the fashion world is that it’s merely a superficial realm built upon a resounding bourgeois obsession with creating an image of luxury. Although the fashion industry does ground itself in an appreciation for aesthetics, all too often this love for beauty is associated with arrogance and a condescending air. What many people forget is that fashion, like painting and sculpture and architecture, is an art form in and of itself. All one has to do is look at the lavish couture runways to see that clothing is more than just fabric.

However, the sartorial spans much farther than the fashion fairy tale that is haute couture. Arguably the most influential and inspiring category of fashion comes in the form of street style. It’s within everyday street wear that we truly see people’s personalities and the incredible diversity that exists among us. While haute couture may be the equivalent to the art in the Louvre, street style is like the street art, murals and graffiti that we see painted upon the walls of the concrete jungle. Street style shows off the sartorial sense of humor, proving that fashion is just as much about making a personal statement as it is about looking chic.

This week’s Fashionista is showcasing a trend which channels the unapologetic nature of street art into street style. The statement sweater is one of the hottest trends for this fall and it’s not hard to see why. These sweaters combine the comfort and coziness that we Fashionistas long for on the coldest of fall days, with the cheeky boldness that defines what fashion is all about. When it comes to graphic statement sweaters, ditch the dainty and go for the daring. Take inspiration from the loud colors and strong shapes often used in graffiti, and create as much contrast as you please. If you want to wear your heart on your sleeve like this Fashionista, opt for the dark gray version of this sweater from Wildfox. A personal favourite of mine is this sweater from Petals and Peacocks, which makes a strong statement about fakes in the fashion world. Keeping with the maximal black and white color contrast is this edgy skeleton print knit from ASOS. For you Fashionistas who want to rock the skull trend in a more abstract way, this ruby-toned sweater from Illustrated People is a great wardrobe addition. Lastly, Fashionistas who want to combine fine arts with the art of fashion should opt for this pop art sweater by Selected.

It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Whichever mode of expression you choose this fall, make sure that you use a sweater as your canvas.

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I love all things heart shaped. I’m not really sure why, but I do. I have carried a heart shaped purse for years now, my bowls and plates are heart shaped, I have a giant heart pillow on my bed, and the list goes on. I make most of my major purchases around Valentine’s Day; everything available is heart shaped! You might call it an obsession, but I just call it my heart’s desire.

Imagine the joy I felt when I spotted this Fashionista enjoying a night on the Terrace with her puppy while wearing a giant heart on her T-shirt! While crowds of children and their parents were crowding around her to fawn over her tiny, tiny dog, I patiently stood in line to fawn over the genius of her ensemble. It is definitely simple, relaxed and comfortable, but it looks anything but sloppy or not put together. The cut of her pants is perfectly trendy right now with pleats and tapered legs. A touch of quirkiness comes from the heart (with eyes!) on her plain white T-shirt, and a punch of personality comes from the color combination of bright pink and red. A lack of accessories keeps this look from going over the top.

Wear your heart on your sleeve, or anywhere, this summer, and don clothes that have hearts on them. Try an ensemble like this Fashionista’s, and wear a relaxed pair of trendy, bright chinos (try bright blue!) with a tank that has a heart and stripes or a T-shirt just like the Fashionista’s — it’s Comme des Garcons! For an even sweeter look, try a heart T-shirt without eyes with jean shorts that have printed pink hearts all over them. If you’re loving hearts but need a fancier look, try a little black dress with a heart cutout on the back. Talk about love!


 

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