Friday, August 26, 2011

TREND TO TRY: contrast collar

Okay, last of the collar series. Compared to the last two, it's a bit more dramatic, a bit more playful, and definitely more fashion-forward. You ready?

Contrast is all about laying the right pieces together. To get this look, we start with the very basic sweater-over-shirt look, start with white or blue basic shirt, pair it with black, or mustard/pink for high contrast.  This is good for transition season. You can wear skirt for those chilly summer nights, or switch to pants when it gets a bit cooler.

Once you've mastered the basics, you can play with the proportions

Pairing a shirt-dress with loose pull-over, and wear tights underneath. "oh, this? nah I just threw this together" factor.

Or, wearing shirt under a dress. For the longest time I didn't know what to do with black shirts, this is a great example of wearing black shirts without looking boring. 

What's contrast collar without some interesting collars? Here are some ideas, layering basic sweaters over lace or floral patterns, this let you show-case some of the more unique pieces in your closet without looking too over-the-top. 

I love this look! Like I said, orange is probably one of  my favourite colours right now. Notice the collar here, orange flowers on black? Who would have thought those two colours could work soo well together!  Adding on some gold accessories. Perfect. 

Want to wear neon but afraid of colours? Tone it down with a neutral-colour vest/blazer. This is something I definitely will try this fall. 

Olivia Palermo
 Keep your make-up cohesive when wearing neon colours. Pairing blue-based (pink) blush with magenta/jewel purple, and  red-based (orange) blush with orange/turquoise colours. 

Layering is too much work? Then simply choose a jacket or blazer that has contrast collar built in.  

Fur (fake of course) & Shearling for winter. It's weird, they can soften a military jacket, or toughen up a chiffon shirt. 
January Jones

Miu Miu has been doing interesting collars for two years now, I'm curious to see what they will come up with next! 

So, which one is your favourite? lady bow-tie ? playful peter-pan? or dramatic contrast? 

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