STYLE ADVICE: Stay Balanced

STYLE ADVICE: Stay Balanced

Here’s a common girl problem: you’re about to head out the door, you’ve put an outfit together, and then you think, “This looks good…yeah this looks good! But wait…. does this actually look awful?” It’s an internal monologue we’ve all had at some point. There are loads of tips on how to fix this problem, like taking one piece of jewelry off before leaving the house, tying the look together with a lip color, or sticking to a single color pallet. But this Fashionista has answered our problem, and I can sum it up in one word: balance. Outside of walking the tightrope, balancing your look means finding something to ground your outfit. You can build off basics, like a white T-shirt and jeans, equalize two opposites through color or a common denominator, center the outfit around one statement item like shoes, a jacket, or a necklace, and play with the proportions of your look.

This Fashionista’s Saturday morning bunch attire was full of all kinds of fashion balance. Her multicolored, faux fur coat and embellished black pencil skirt are certainly trendy opposites. Her decision to tie them together with a white, chiffon button-up allows each to stand strong on its own. Think of it as, two different pictures side by side, but in the same frame. She brought in leather elements through her thrifted cross-body, and black ankle booties. To add a pop of color, she opted for her red heart enamel pin on her shirt collar.

This Fashionista used balance at different points to create a look that is bold and trendy but still cohesive. To avoid being swallowed by her faux fur, she chose to balance out the proportions and opted for more fitted pieces underneath. Her white button-up half-tucked into her pencil skirt helps to emphasize her waist, and adds dimension to the fitted base of the entire outfit. She was able to mix various patterns and textures together by unifying them with color. The black in her skirt pairs nicely with her quilted black leather purse, black leather booties, and the layers of black fur in the her coat. The pin on her collar is the outlier in the look, but it’s so subtle that it doesn’t pose as a distraction against the outfit’s other elements.

Never again will we ask ourselves, “Do I really look good?” Nope. From now on, we search for our balance in colors, in shapes, in proportions, and in accents, and we leave the house knowing we look as good as we feel!