9.10.2014

Opposites

Opposite: a person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or something else.

I find, that when creating an outfit, by selecting opposing pieces, I often bring about a more interesting ensemble that melds together quite nicely. For myself, I find a person's outfit more interesting when the pieces weren't purchased as a complete look, and are not matchy-matchy. Tweet Worthy --> Having the ability to mix and match your way into an ├╝ber stylish look is super chic, and extends your wardrobe beyond belief. But you must have the imagination to do so. For myself, opening my closet and putting opposing clothing items together is the ultimate play time. Rarely do I purchase a complete look, but opt to by separates with the idea that I'll be able to wear them with other items in my existing wardrobe.

For today's look, I have put together an outfit in which the pieces were purchased from many types of retailers and different price points. In other words, nothing was purchased together, nor with the idea of being specifically worn together. However the look is harmonious. The photos were taken in a place that plays well with today's opposites. Enjoy!
Sturdy and Soft: Denim vs. Chiffon
Today's Look - Petite White Jeans: Loft (similar option), Top is super old purchased from TJ Maxx (option at Amazon), Clutch: Juicy Couture, Sandals: Nine West Vintage America Collection (limited addition), Cuff: J.Jill (old) (option on Amazon), Knuckle Rings: Everything Silver (options on Amazon), Polish is Mink Muffs by essie

Skinny and Billowy: Skinny jeans with a Billowy top

Black and White: Opposing light reflections

Bold and Delicate: Statement accessories mixed with Delicate accessories

Near and Far: Close vs. Distance

High and Low: High Heels with a High/Low top

Open and Closed: Open and Closed Door
 
Short and Tall: Glenda vs. Surroundings
Is it safe to say, that in life and in fashion, opposites are meant to be? What are your viewpoints on buying separates (with the idea of having an abundance of options in your wardrobe) verses wearing made to be worn together coordinates? Let's see if we have opposing views{wink}

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Photographs by Freddy

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos as always! Love the swingy black top with those shoes.
    I remember watching the show "What Not to Wear" and they pressed to buy things as outfits. In other words, buying pieces at the same time to insure that they'd go together. I just really can't afford to do that so I always buy one piece at a time. I feel like I can build that way okay. But my wardrobe is pretty basic. Right now I'm on a hunt for vests. All kinds of them!

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    1. Thank you Joni! The funnest part about blogging has been searching for cool locations. My husband and I are always on the lookout for a unique spot. I remember What Not to Wear. And, as I recall, their concept of dressing was geared toward people who really struggled with fashion. Therefore, I completely agree with the outfit idea. But like I stated in my opening paragraph, "You have to have an imagination" in order to buy separates and still have great wardrobe. It can be challenging for some.

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  2. I love how your hair goes with this ensemble. Very sophisticated.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Ha! Suzanne, I didn't notice that my black and silver hair works with this look. Thanks for pointing that out :)

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  3. I love this black and white outfit and the mix of chiffon with denim! I agree with you on mixing my pieces and textures instead of matching pieces. I usually opt for buying separates and classics so that I can wear with my existing wardrobe. Love this post! xo
    Monica
    GlamVolution.blogspot.com

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    1. I have the same idea, Monica. And then for fun, I'll throw in something more interesting like a great statement accessory, or something unexpected.

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  4. I love this black & white outfit on you and that top is a must have.

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  5. And you are great at it! Stunning look, really like it! The bracelet and the shoes are amazing!

    I agree that buying separates is a safe way, and there are plenty of people for whom it's exactly what they are looking for. Mixing and matching (or not-matching) from your own wardrobe is a more creative (and less expensive) way, and I am going for it only because it's more fun for me. Retailers do come up with great ideas when advertising, but it feels boring to simply copy. It's way more interesting to get inspired and create on your own, even if it's not "perfect". (Then, again, as you pointed out before - you can get inspired from anything, not necessarily from outfits - buildings, music, history, weather, events etc etc.)

    I always feel like I learn - honestly, don't feel like I've mastered anything. Maybe colors a little bit. :) I love variety, and that's sometimes I love mixing opposites, and other times a more classic look when details match.

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you like this look! I agree, Natalia. I somehow feel stifled when I can't make an outfit my own. I love the idea of shopping my own closet and coming up with new and innovative ways to wear something. When I go into a retail store and they have head-to-toe a matched look, I immediately begin to deconstruct the look in my head. That is why I love shopping Anthropologie. The magpie, vintage look of their clothing is so fun, earthy and carefree.

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  6. You look fantastic in this contrasting outfit. Black and white are perfect pair although they are real opposites. And your shoes are exceptional, as usually. I like this look very much.
    I think combining the opposites is what makes fashion interesting. I'm very conservative (I prefer classical looks) but I like to observe those who have enough courage and imagination to mix different patterns and colors. Fashion is made to have some fun ;)

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    1. I love classic too, Mag. But I also like to mix the classics with unexpected items. Sometimes when I wear a complete classic ensemble, I feel uninteresting. I need to throw something unexpected into the mix ;)

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  7. I love these photos-the location of the shoot and your outfit! I have never bought a complete outfit in my life. Mostly this works for me though it can lead to a few closet orphans which require some special intervention. It also leads me to buy a lot of blue, black or gray because I always know there is something back home that it will go with. Buying separates was born out of frugality but is now just a habit. I don't care for matched sets but if I bought something that I loved but it was an unusual colour for my wardrobe I might go shopping for something to go with it on the same day. That would be rare though.
    xoxo

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    1. Twenty years ago, in my corporate America days, I tended to dress in coordinates. But since I left that world and life, I now dress in separates. Probably out of frugality a bit, but more because it just more fun for me :)

      I fell in love with this location. The enormous wood door stole my heart!

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  8. Oh yes, opposites attract, also in fashion! Love your outfit, Glenda!

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  9. I love mixing and matching and creating looks for my own aesthetic. Rarely do I buy coordinated items.

    Great post, Glenda. I am loving the top and sandals.

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    1. Thank you Delilah. It is fun to mix and match!

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  10. Opposites are always meant to be! Those heels are amazing!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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    1. You are the queen of the unexpected. You do it great!

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  11. Gorgeous Sandals! I have serious sandal envy! Monochrome is always a winner in my book! Ax

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    1. Thank you Andrea. They're my favorite pair.

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  12. Glenda you look so classy in this outfit. And thse heels!!! Gorgeous.
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  13. Those SHOES!!!!! Love the whole black and white thing - fabulous look!

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    1. Ha! I thought you'd appreciate these sandals. Thanks Cherie :)

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  14. I buy separates with the INTEND to mix and match, but I am quite hopeless in that area (oops, I am not allowed to say that anymore. Apparently it is getting boring an nobody believes me, but it is sooo true).
    Often two separates become one outfit which I wear time and time again. Anja (my friend) is so surprised at this phenomenon, but I only want to wear it the most perfect way and haven't got much fantasy. I just don't see the possibilities. There you have your opposite between you and me.
    I adore black and white by the way.
    Greetje

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    1. I understand what you're saying. You'll have to step out of the box and make your separates more versatile. That's when it becomes fun to shop your own closet.

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