Tuesday, February 24, 2009



Someone asked me the other day when she should start wearing the new Spring items she recently added to her wardrobe. While some people still believe in and hold fast to old traditions like not wearing white after labor day or saving certain colors for specific seasons, the truth is a lot has changed.

There will always be the strict constructionists of the fashion code of ethics who practice everything just right, but what is chic now and forever is cultivating and feeling confident in your own style. What is chic now are subtle tweaks that take a safe outfit to edgy heights with one element being just a bit off, or semingly out of place. It's all about juxtaposing to create tension.

Whether you're pairing a masculine, aggressive square-shouldered jacket ala Balmain [bottom left] or Louis Vuitton with a demure Dior dress [bottom right], or a long boyfriend jacket with shorts via Stella McCartney[upper right], it's about adding that element of surprise that makes it fresh and renders it truly chic.

Photo Credits: Balmain, Dior, Stella McCartney from style.com

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