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Wardrobe: outfit composition
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 12:01 AM (Pacific)

sundance duende skirt

Here's, ah, why I never "shop by outfit." I wouldn't care to buy either the top or the skirt (the shoes, maybe, even though I need warmer shoes than that now).

It's not that I have anything against the outfit per se. In fact it's one of the nicest outfits I've seen in a long time--on the model, and in the context of it being a photo shoot.

The sweater is one of those lambswool/angora/nylon blends that calls for hand washing and drying flat--not practical for me (on the site it says to dryclean it). Likewise, the skirt is silk--dryclean only, with a spate of ruffles which would make cleaning it any other way time-consuming (if not disastrous).

Yet...I love this picture, because the composition of the outfit is perfect. A light yellow top is ideal for blonde hair; one of the best colors. The top is sufficiently pale to pair with black and not get a bumblebee look. A black skirt with nude legs and black shoes: simple, classic, terrific.

Outfit composition imo cannot be over-emphasized. Individual items are great, but it's the total package that makes the impression. If you plugged in some way more expensive shoes here, would the outfit look better? Probably not, except to the few people who know the price of the shoes. Most people don't. It's art. If every element in the painting works, who cares how much that Prussian blue pigment cost down at the art store?

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