When I lived in Austin, I worked in a design studio with hundreds of other design professionals. Minimalistic, simplistic looks were often frequented— however, not quite as much like the old trope of designers in head-to-toe black with the signature turtleneck. I'll be honest, I probably own more black shirts and pants than the average female. When I'm either out thrifting or shopping online, I'm always more inclined to buy another single-toned top before shelling out for a crazy print or anything eye-catchingly strong.
If I were to explain myself, I likely couldn't express my feelings better than the words of my co-worker (and friend), "You can't go wrong with black. Color is difficult to do right." And before you shake your head at me in disagreement, I would like to state my case that creating an awe-inspiring look is very different than "pulling it off." It's true that wearing color is as simple as just putting it on, but building color palettes and pattern combinations that inspire takes quite a bit of thoughtfulness. Because of this, I often shy away at the challenges of creating colorful looks. What's the saying? You can't win the lottery if you don't play? In the same sense, you technically can't lose if you don't play either.
Sunday morning, I woke having already planned out a look for my routine weekend creative exercise (photography, as you may know by now). The outfit was an all-black dress, navy tights, and a nice wool cropped jacket. Staring out into the dreary mist of the morning, I had a change of heart that today I would play with color. I sauntered back into the closet with Emma Watson's "if not me, who? If not now, when?" echoing in the front my mind (and with the feminist within me sighing, "that's not what the quote was intended to inspire")/
Amidst the jungle of my black tees and jeans, a blue patterned blazer with purposeful fraying (a gift from Elysia last winter) caught my eye. After fumbling around for another 30 minutes, I surfaced a scarf passed down to me by my mother years ago. In all honesty, I didn't have an epiphany that this combination would work. Like I said, color play takes practice and I was out of it. I tried tying the scarf in about six different ways before I was convinced I could leave the house that day. But you know what? I'm glad I gave color prints a shot.
What I'm Wearing
Anthropologie Hei Hei blazer
Vintage patterned scarf
LOFT Marisa Trousers (LOFT, $79.50)
Groceries Apparel crop top
Vintage button-down wool vest
Do you ever play on the safe side when putting together looks? Are there any fashion trends or apparel you avoid out of fear of failed execution? For the daring and bold, what tips do you have for going out of your comfort zone? Let me know in the comments below.