Fashion Friday (5/27/22)

Hey y’all!

I hope you’re riding high on the fumes of Friday over there, as thrilled as I am that the holiday weekend is here!

And what a holiday it is. I will never not recognize the sacrifices of the men and women who have bravely defended our freedoms. We are truly blessed as a nation.

It also happens to round out my birthday month with a holiday day from work, so I’m going to be really honest and say it’s kind of a big deal to me for more reasons than the solemn celebrations of others’ sacrifices.

So anyway, we’re here, at the end of this birthday month of mine, and the focus has been entirely on summer outfits. Because, well, that’s what makes SENSE.

But I thought it might be a good time to share some rules that may NOT make sense to anyone else, but that I absolutely follow in fashion. I mean, I’ve talked about fashion rules before, but now I’m gettin’ all personal.

  1. Never mix black and navy.

This might be a sort of borrowed anxiety after growing up hearing stories about the lady who went to church in one navy and one black shoe. Or a little post trauma stress, because you haven’t truly felt like your social life is going to SURELY END until you’ve lost your marbles trying to match shades of black for the perfect church camp outfit, y’all.

Anyway. I can venture into mixing some neutrals. I can even handle black and brown, if the brown is more of a cognac shade.

But navy and black? Together? On my body? At the same time?

Not gonna happen.

  • Match your shoes to your belt and bag.

I still follow this one, y’all. Unless I’m wearing a pattern (like leopard print) on my shoes or belt and using that as my statement piece, I’m going to match my belt and my bag. I can’t even imagine myself in a brown belt with black shoes. Child. The very thought of it gives me the vapors. And don’t even get me started on the color of the buckles.

  • Never wear a flashy logo.

Admittedly, I went through a Louis Vuitton phase that left me with some logo items. I still carry them, because they were stupid expensive and they still function as bags. But for the most part, I’m fully against wearing luxury logo or gaudy branded items. Class isn’t about a price tag, it’s about how you wear your clothes. And honestly, nobody needs to see your label to prove you’ve got class.

They’ll know, honey. They’ll know.

  • Follow the rule of thirds.

Are you familiar with the rule of thirds? It’s actually based in architecture, but as Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is architecture; it is a matter of proportions.”

The concept is based on the idea that unbalanced proportions are more visually interesting than a simple one-to-one ratio. The general rule is a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio (the Golden Ratio) for the most aesthetically pleasing division of spaces.

I apply this in fashion all the time. Hem length, type of shoe, even the way I mix patterns. For example, a solid pair of pants and a patterned top would fit into the rule of thirds, with the pants being 2/3 of the outfit, and the top serving as the other 1/3. Or a patterned knee-length dress and strappy sandals – the legs and sandals being the 1/3, and the patterned dress being the 2/3. 

And that’s only SOME of the randomness floating through my head at any given time, y’all.

I hope you have a blessed weekend!

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