STYLE GURU STYLE: Addition By Subtraction

January 19th, 2016 at 2:00am

When you think about it, fashion and math have a lot more in common than you may think. In math, you are constantly adding and subtracting numbers to figure out complex solutions to problems. This is not so different from fashion, as you are adding and taking away items such as shoes, jewelry or clothing to create the ultimate outfit. An important aspect of styling is knowing when enough is enough and when to add that extra accessory. It can bring an outfit to a whole different level or drag it down. Junya Watanabe’s fall collection demonstrates a way of mixing these two opposites to make a collection that truly works.

Junya Watanabe’s fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection was an inspiration of mine while creating this look as all of the looks were clean and minimal. As you may already know minimalism is something I have been attracted to lately and really want to bring out in my looks, so as I was browsing his collection I couldn’t help but feel inspired. Watanabe’s concept in his looks was to demonstrate the process of answering complex math problems. His looks were simple with mostly neutrals and some pops of color, but the real standout was his use of dimension and texture. His looks didn’t need much to catch the eye and that was all because of how he played with texture and thought beyond the norm. This collection not only expresses trends about everyday fashion, it is also an amazing example of how fashion is art.

I chose to interpret this look into an outfit I would wear out and about, running errands or meeting up with friends. It is comfortable and chic without looking like I am trying too hard. My look fits in most with the beginning of Watanabe’s collection, in which can be interpreted as the beginning thoughts about the math problem. I have been loving my black distressed jeans along with my black booties lately. In addition to this perfect pair, I decided to add my favorite flannel, which is a simple black grid pattern. I really like the simplicity of the grid flannels because they are different and edgy. It is also very soft, so sitting in a car for a road trip wasn’t a problem in this outfit! The best part about fashion, that is different than math, is there is never one exact answer. You are free to express your outfits the way you choose, and that is definitely more spirited and unique than a crazy math problem. Math inspired Watanabe, what inspires you?

Get My Look: 1. Black distressed denim. 2. Grid flannel. 3. Black booties.