When you’re mixing colors and textures it’s important to know the fabric and pattern. Much like Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club, who wonderfully pulled off tweed on top of denim on top of flannel…I loved it! Let’s not forget he scored Molly Ringwald in the end! I’m not into matchy-matchy per se, but at times it works for me. The fun part about mixing and matching is picking fabrics that are contrasting but not too different. Wearing clothes that are from different fabrics will result in visually interesting combinations. Same thing applies with colors. As you can see from this photo shoot, I incorporated the colors red, black, white, blue, green and gold. I used solid colors and added a tie with an argyle pattern.
Not too long ago I found out that the foundation of my outfit is considered “the base”. In this instance, my base piece are my pants and the base color is red. Base pieces differ on personal preferences. As I have mentioned before, I’m a believer in mixing high-end with not-to-high-end pieces. Not only did I mix and match colors, textures and patterns but I also mixed price points. For example, the black double-breasted jacket and the light blue vest both came from the annual and charitable garage sale hosted by The Pembroke Hill School. The white long-sleeve shirt came from GAP (gap.com). The plaid tie came from J.Crew (jcrew.com). The fire engine red chinos came from Express (express.com). These were a lucky find during an after- holiday sale!
Now, let’s get to the footwear. These red patent leather and gold horsebit loafers are from Gucci (gucci.com). If there are two things that I recommend not to skimp on, they would be shoes and mattresses. It only makes sense since you’re on your feet 8 to 10 hours a day and about the same on a mattress when it’s time to go to bed. That’s my wisdom for the day. To tie this whole ensemble together I added three accessories. First, a timeless black strapped croc-embossed Cartier watch (cartier.com). Secondly, a handsomely crafted sterling silver raven’s head clasp and a string of black onyx beaded bracelet from Stephen Webster, purchased at Tivol (tivol.com). Last but not least, another classic but modern piece from John Hardy (johnhardy.com). Oh, before I forget, I have to mention that beautiful black beauty, Bentley (bentleymotors.com), sharing the camera with me. DISCLAIMER: not mine!
Photography by: V o i c e O n e A r t s (voiceonearts.com)