Fashion Over Reason: Silhouettes and Proportions

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Silhouettes and Proportions

Fashion Over Reason, Ann Taylor oversized knit, Brooklyn New York, nighttime shoot, messy bob

If there's one thing I have a soft spot for when it comes to fashion and style is having fun with interesting and unexpected proportions. Untraditional ways of putting together different shapes can take your look to the next level without having to put any extra effort into it. The way you pair your garments can alter your silhouette as a whole, and can be an very clever strategy to stand out in a good way.

We've seen it in recent years with the rise of the oversized, and more specifically with items like culottes and boxy construction, embodied by style icons like the Olsens, which they trickle down brilliantly into their luxe line The Row. The wonderful Camille from COTR also has a stellar touch when it comes to balancing clothing ratio. Another expert at this is Jayne from Stop it Right Now (side note: major #girlcrush). There are a ton of other example I could cite, but this gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.

To strike that perfect equilibrium while piling on the layers, the goal is to evoke something offsetting, but to channel a polished, nonchalant essence. It's about mixing unexpected pieces, fits and cuts that look surprisingly completely cool together. Think hemlines, heel and ankle heights on shoes, the absence of tailoring, overindexing on tailoring, exaggerated forms, etc.

I attribute my penchant for proportion play to my disdain for the ordinary. I hate seeing things over and over again, repeated by legions because of something's it factor. I like to veer from the norm and find interest in things that are much more surprising. That goes for everything, but it particularly applies to style.

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Photos by Ian Rusiana

Knit - Ann Taylor
Dress - Topshop
Poncho - Suno
Booties - Pour la Victoire
Bag - Cowboysbag

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Le de Sociale said...

The two knits! are just amazing,
Absolutely chic for winter.


Lux G. said...

Your ponchos are so stylish. I bet they're comfy to.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Love this look