By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM
Today’s fashion segment on the Today Show featured advice on how to update or upgrade our look. The answer to the first question sounded simple, “Accessories.” But the new look was a new “statement” jacket way beyond simple. “Statement” earrings followed, hanging 7 inches long. The “statement” was not smart but stupid—a fashion victim in the making.
The second question asked how to wear a sequined print blouse at the office. The answer included a double strand of beads hanging below the waist, a dark shiny satin skirt, shiny gold ankle-strap high heel shoes, with a huge letter-carrier leather bag, the shoulder strap hanging below the knees. What? Who? When? Where? Overkill and total confusion in the total look.
Just because it’s on TV doesn’t mean it works or you should try it. 7-inch long earrings signal trying too hard to be trendy. Shiny sequins, satin, and gold heels shout “Party” while the huge sportive looking leather bag calls for denim, corduroy, or tweed. The clash of opposing textures sends mixed messages, confusing to the viewer and not in harmony with what needs to happen in the office. The idea that “anything goes” today goes way too far. Less IS more.
Photo: Free People