Dress to the occasion
One of the aspects which seems to be overlooked in fashion blogs and websites alike, is how one’s outfit should be put together according to a given situation. If we browse through most street style or picture based websites, we’ll most likely be presented with sharply dressed men and women going on and about their daily tasks. Obviously, we all love to see suberbly complex looks, but it seems that the context in which they’re photographed is usually redundant - fashion shows, events, on the way to work…
Certainly those same men and women have vast wardrobes at their disposal, whose contents allow them to dress up or down according to their agenda; it’s just that we often don’t get a chance to see them in different situations. In fact, as I see it, being able to discern “what to wear when/where” is a crucial aspect for stylish individuals: the ability to blend in, while dashingly standing out, simply by portraying an outstanding ensemble.
The truth is not all individuals match their outfits to the situation. In an excessive effort to look good, they sometimes forget to match their clothes to the moment or place, resulting in an inadequate, out of place look. Imagine, for instance, you’re having a sunny Sunday brunch at a seaside venue, the canvas deckchair just screaming your name: you’ll most likely want to bask in the sun for a while and pleasantly enjoy it…hard to pull off if you’re all suited up.
Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing up and intricate ensembles just as much as the next, but I believe there’s a time and place for everything. The “perfect” look is the one which, besides making you look good, allows you to feel confident and confortable about yourself, and may very well be comprised of tailored shorts and a trim polo shirt should the situation call for it. Your wardrobe is varied for a reason…make the most out of it!
Great simple Summer looks captured by F.E. Castleberry.
Hixsept’s SS11 lookbook - one of my new favourite labels.