A Battle on Style: Flash vs. Accent

October 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

The other day, a friend and I were taking a stroll on Newbury street. We passed by an older woman in a black and white, sweater, which was emblazoned with a gigantic, classic Chanel logo (the double C’s), and matching flats. We had the courtesy of waiting until she walked away, then we looked at each other and laughed.

In London, they’d call her a chav (via Wikipedia: Chavs are widely known for their sporting attire and counterfeit designer clothing).

 (LOL)

Here, I’d just say that she looked sort of ridiculous, regardless of her attire being fake or not.

Modesty is so underrated these days. It is unfortunate that so many people are raised to believe that $ = class = style. Everyone likes nice things. I LOVE nice things (yes this is a blog largely devoted to luxurious lifestyle). But diamonds on diamonds on diamonds does not = style. Chanel on Chanel on Chanel does not = style. I’m not going to lecture you on style right now. I’m just going to express my opinion that I believe one does not need to pile on the designer clothes & accessories & jewelry in order to look stylish.

I think bags & jewelry & shoes, even a coat can accent an outfit. (For guys: a belt, pair of shoes, coat, even a nice watch can be an accent). But I don’t think an outfit should be based on large obnoxious logos. White is good, black is good. Jeans are good. Throw on a sweater or another accentual piece (girls: jewelry, a bag, shoes). Leather is good (keep the top basic if you are wearing leather on the bottom). Same goes for colored denim. (WEAR THE MAROON JEANS! Just take it easy on the color for the rest of your outfit). Color blocking is great but it’s almost winter people. Too much color blocking + too much snow on the ground = too much contrast = do you want people’s eyes to sting when they look at you?

Simplicity can be beautiful. Plus, when you’ve got such a beautiful face, why would you want people’s eyes to be wandering all over you (hehe). LOOK how beautiful Leo looks in this peacoat (photo from October ’11 GQ). So simple yet so….. AMAZING (drool). Oh boy… and the hair? Perfection. Don’t get me started. I’ll do another post on hair.

 Blake Lively… who?

Actually, Blake Lively, too. She looks great keeping it simple but accenting her outfit with a pumpkin, hat, & great shoes. Who needs a Chanel bag? Actually, she has that too so never mind…You get the point. (I like Leo’s hair better though.)

The unfortunate thing about fashion/style blogs is that many of the best style blogs emphasize the designer goods in mass quantities per outfit. But if you take anything from a style blog, take the fact that you should accent your wardrobe with designer pieces (if you can afford. If you cannot, alternatives are doable!). You should not adorn yourself with as much as possible. Here are a few go-to’s for simple yet stylish attire. Rag & Bone has the most amazing shoes — easy accents for any outfit and any occasion (my personal favorite). Enjoy:

http://www.rag-bone.com/

http://www.jcrew.com/index.jsp

http://www.shopnastygal.com/

Oh, and clearly Accents (& Leo) win the battle. Even though Blake Lively’s jeans are Rag & Bone.

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