Go With The Flow How to balance your outfit

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HOW TO BALANCE YOUR OUTFITS

Have you ever had that moment when you look in the mirror, and something about your outfit doesn’t look quite right? You’ve got all the elements of the perfect outfit, but something seems a little… off?

The culprit is usually because you haven’t executed balance. Naturally, the human eye is attracted to balance and symmetry – but how do we get there in our styling? As I bring up in my workshops, in order to create balance to your outfit, you need to have structure and flow.

By structure, I mean literally structured shapes and angles. Hard, firm fabrics like blazers, rigid denim jeans and tailored shirts. These fabrics will dictate the dominant shapes of your outfit, and can be used as the base to work your softer garments around.

The flow refers to softer and more fluid pieces, like silk blouses, sheer tops, floral cotton dress and full maxi skirts. Luckily, recent seasons have seen the resurgence in ruffles, lace, satins and slip dresses – so you wont be hard-pressed to find and style pieces as part of your “flow” wardrobe.

However, one must exercise caution when attempting to assemble their structural pieces, and their more flowing pieces. Too much structure can make you look stiff and boxy, and in some cases can accentuate places you don’t want to draw attention to. For example, unless you’re set to hit the catwalk anytime soon – a boxy jacquard top and tailored, wide-leg culottes may have the adverse effect on your figure that you’re looking for.

On the other hand, too much flow can make you look frumpy. Perhaps pairing your favourite kaftan with palazzo pants may not be the perfect solution.

Have you ever had that moment when you look in the mirror, and something about your outfit doesn’t look quite right? You’ve got all the elements of the perfect outfit, but something seems a little… off?

The culprit is usually because you haven’t executed balance. Naturally, the human eye is attracted to balance and symmetry – but how do we get there in our styling? As I bring up in my workshops, in order to create balance to your outfit, you need to have structure and flow.

By structure, I mean literally structured shapes and angles. Hard, firm fabrics like blazers, rigid denim jeans and tailored shirts. These fabrics will dictate the dominant shapes of your outfit, and can be used as the base to work your softer garments around.

The flow refers to softer and more fluid pieces, like silk blouses, sheer tops, floral cotton dress and full maxi skirts. Luckily, recent seasons have seen the resurgence in ruffles, lace, satins and slip dresses – so you wont be hard-pressed to find and style pieces as part of your “flow” wardrobe.

However, one must exercise caution when attempting to assemble their structural pieces, and their more flowing pieces. Too much structure can make you look stiff and boxy, and in some cases can accentuate places you don’t want to draw attention to. For example, unless you’re set to hit the catwalk anytime soon – a boxy jacquard top and tailored, wide-leg culottes may have the adverse effect on your figure that you’re looking for.

On the other hand, too much flow can make you look frumpy. Perhaps pairing your favourite kaftan with palazzo pants may not be the perfect solution.

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