Monday, 6 May 2013

THE ART OF COMBINING CONTRASTS

Fashion is in a liberating place right now. Around 3 to 4 years ago, we stuck to general rules of combinations. No brown shoes underneath black trousers, not more than 3 colours per outfit no black and blue in the same look and definitely, most definitely not more than 1 printed item.

The rise of streetstyle blogs and social media have created the need for many to stand out from the crowd. We are not just reading a couple of style magazines each month, we are flushed with creative style input all day long via Instagram, Tumblr and streetstyle blogs.

Where are we at right now?

Stylists and those who want to be seen in the streets are literally combining every eyecatcher in their closet to get that one shot from a photographer. Casual is no longer chique. Well it is still chique, but so is leather combined with leopard print. I guess we could say that another type of chique came into existence: the art of combining contrasts. Being able to pull off a look with multiple coloured and printed items seems easy, but is it as easy as it looks? Let's just say that there is a very fine line between fashionable and cheap here.

Enough talk, more visuals. Because we are definitely a huge fan of the fact that next to classic looks, every combination seems to be possible right now. Read more!


Solid baby blue and coral ropped off with pink shoes. Because they are all in the same colour range, the colours work magically well together.

A zigzag print with galaxy silvery pants and a crazy summer gat. Black with white is such a classic combination, but the futuristic pants and hat give this look an instant trend update.


Marc Jacobs rocking what seems to be a just-out-of-bed look. Well apart from the fact that we would not be caught like this out on the streets, Marc Jacobs is obviously allowed to do anything he wants as long as he keeps making those awesome bags and sunglasses for us.

This young man gives his overcoat and hat a western feeling by combining it with a casual leather backpack and worn-out boots.


Feathers and sequins, enough said.

A casual hoodie gets a fashion update with feminine heeled boots.

Bold earrings with bold prints were once very Russian elite, right now they show that there is nothing wrong with going over the top.

 The same principle counts for fur and coloured prints.

It doesn't work every time! 
This is a classic case of blogger fever. Combining everything that you picked up from your bedroom floor and throwing it all together in 1 outfit to grab attention of photographers. A bit of a faux pas.

 Now here's something we like again, sneakers worn with a long overcoat. 


Oops, a hit and miss again. The many granny fabrics and shapes give this outfit a lack of sex appeal.

A big YES to combining different colours of denim. Accessories give the look a cool edge, and the skinny jeans compensate for the more masculine shaped jacket.