Separately, Not Together
by Joy la Joie
It's fashion test question number one: What do the following have in common?
A) a crochet shawlThe answer is in two parts: First off, each of the above items looks good on separate display. However, put them all together and you have a fashion disaster.
B) kitten heel pumps
C) a wide measured necktie
In China, such suicidal style is attempted on a daily basis. The boundaries and limits of what goes with what just don't exist. This trend, otherwise studied under the textbook theory of fashion anarchy, is highly prized and demonstrated by millions upon millions of Chinese urbanites.
The idea that less is more can be somewhat lost and swallowed in the fashion abyss contained in the PRC. The fundamental principles of clothing design here are threaded with beaded sequins, ruffles and lace. When it comes to shopping, there is an exhilarating feeling of triumph when finding wardrobe pieces that won't lead to hideous aesthetic mortification.
There is a fine line between clothes that are so ugly they're cute, and just plain dressing in the dark. Below is a guide to help you resolve this enigma. Take heed and use caution as necessary. Remember, a tasteful appearance will not only improve your self-confidence, but it will also grant you more love and understanding. Simply, it's a matter of politeness. After all, other people have to look at you.
Case number one: black lace maternity lingerie top, patterned denim mini, Ugg boots and plastic orchid. While it's fine to put these items together in your shopping bag, never, under any circumstances, wear them all together. Unless you are trying to make someone laugh and throw trash at you.
Damning Evidence B.
Case number two: knit cap, vintage polka-dot blouse, oversized Polynesian print hot pants, black suede kitten heel boots, patchwork denim belt, and silk flower pin (fuschia). This is a classic example of overdoing it. Even though you are dressing up, the key is to ease up. Especially on the patterns and silly accessories. Otherwise you'll undoubtedly end up in the Fashion Hall of Shame. Which is bad.
Speedy Resolution C.
Resolution: black lace maternity top, fitted jeans, black suede knee-high boots. The proof is in the picture. Just look how delighted our adorable nymph of a model is. It just goes to show that stripping down to the bare essentials can really accentuate good taste. When entering your closet, we know it can be a jungle out there, so arm yourself with this useful bit of knowledge, and be brave, but not too bold.