How to Be Audacious While Remaining Reasonable?

You were numerous commenting this late post (« Why I don’t want a minimalist wardrobe ») explaining that clothing was part of your creative process. I totaly agree with you!

You’ll never express your true personality and find your own style wearing few « seen everywhere » items or a restricted selection of ordinaries clothes…

Still, it’s recommended and wise to have clothes that can be worn easily with about everything ; we all need to have good basics that we can rely on… Nobody wants to waste money or accumulate tons of clothes that will be hardly ever wear or buy the wrong thing on the spur of the moment…

Then how being more audacious while remaining reasonable? (all at the same time…)

 

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A clue resides in composing a wardrobe that mixes safe bets (your basics, your essentials, not the ones claimed by fashion magazines or trend setters of the moments) and skilled boldness. I mean pieces with an added value (as your favorite color, a print you adore, a cut that emphasizes your silhouette, etc.). Something that worth its buying because you’ll be always happy to wear it!

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Of course, you’ll wear these bold items less often than more classic ones and they won’t necessarily go with anything you already have in your closet…  But they will sign your personality, your creative side and easily upgrade your style. They will create a part of  « je-ne-sais-quoi ». You know this little extra something that makes the difference…

Let’s see how to achieve that without going too far… (« too far » meaning looking « screaming », « odd » or just « ridiculous »…)

Solution n° 1

– Keep your basics for the most uncomfortable part of your body (the top or the bottom… the part you like the least). For this part you’ll feel more secure and confident wearing good basics that you are sure about. Good basics mean good quality pieces in neutral color, a good fabric and the right cut for you.

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The boldest pieces will come on the body part you’re more confident in. That’s where you will go for audacious items that will add a true spirit to your classical and trustful basics! Vibrant colors, unusual fabrics, creative prints, couture cut…

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And it won’t be complicated to create a lot of different outfits with your essential basics and these new items that add fun and fantasy.

Solution n°2

Wear your basics as usual and just play with accessories: a vibrant scarf, a pair of red or metallic or panthere shoes, a small fun bag, a designer brooch, a patch, a hat…

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Few creative boots from Patricia Blanchet

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In any case, I recommend something that you really like, that makes you happy and that makes you feel different and singular. Not necessarily something fashionable or trendy, just something that really pleases… You!

 

Here is a selection of my favorites of the moment

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