STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Thrift In Color

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Thrift In Color

The color and vibrancy of the Floridian environment is reflected in the garments of our state’s trendy population. We like color, because we are color, so when winter brings dropping temperatures and the temporary death of our beloved nature, Floridians do their best to keep that forever-summertime aura. This is Florida’s winter culture.

This Fashionista exemplifies this survival of color and vitality with her poinsettia red pashmina and fringe kimono jacket with red paisley print. This black fringe from the jacket paired with her white marble ring outlined in gold enamel is a unique complement. The enamel on the ring adds texture to her typical winter sweater/pants combo, as does the fringe. The Fashionista sports caramel genuine leather riding boots; a characteristic of many Southern belles in the Southwest region. Her outfit is an even blend of traditional and funky. Her ensemble resembles a prevalent fashion style: the blending of the casual and the deliberate, and of the plain and the colorful. This melding of extremes creates an unconventionality that can seem so wrong, it’s right.

We see this marriage of contrast in the Marc by Marc Jacobs fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection. His collection showcases bright colors on black and layering on traditional silhouettes. Similar to this Fashionista’s outfit, the message of Marc Jacobs’ fall line is there is value in the new and old.

For the thrifty at heart, this look can be emulated by picking up some brightly-colored, inexpensive accessories from a local thrift shop.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK?  “Pick up a chunky enamel necklace or textured gloves. The value of shopping at a thrift shop is that there is not much commitment required since the items are so cheap. Everybody wins!”