Balance and Scale in a Casual Outfit
Today I thought it would be fun to dissect the anatomy of an outfit that just wasn’t working for me. The balance and scale in a casual outfit can be as important as its color and shape so I made a few tweaks to get it back on track.
My friends at Chico’s sent me some clothes for an Instagram campaign and I love each piece individually but found the look unbalanced for several reasons.
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This statement necklace is fabulous but its strong architectural vibe overpowers the more delicate paisley print. The drapey nature of the fabric also doesn’t hold up to the visual weight of the necklace. If it was a long dress, it might have had a fighting chance.
The necklace is too long to lay inside the neckline but not long enough to hang outside and stay over the back of the standup collar. There’s too much competition between the bold necklace on the top of the paisley pattern so neither wins.
The blouse says ‘soft’ and the necklace says ‘strong’ to me. I do love opposites in many outfits but not in this case. These may seem like nit-picky details but they’re the sort of thing that can derail an outfit even if we can’t put our finger on the problem.
Here’s what I did to adjust the balance and scale.
First, I swapped the heavy necklace for more delicate earrings and added a bracelet. The bracelet is as chunky as the statement necklace but has plenty of room at my wrist because the sleeves are pushed up. I would prefer a bracelet with smaller details like this one which is a better match for the fabric weight.
This balance still isn’t my favorite but it’s much improved.
GREAT WHITE JEANS
Here, I switched to a tank top with a denim shirt worn open and swapped my sandals for chunkier white platform sneakers. This tank allows the necklace to lay against my skin and not cover part of the top. I don’t mind when necklaces do cover part of a top, but they need to cover enough of it to look intentional.
There’s more room in the neckline for this statement necklace plus it’s not competing with a pattern for attention. Denim and chambray shirts are a classic in my wardrobe because they go with so many things.
MORE DENIM AND CHAMBRAY SHIRTS
Platform sneakers or any closed shoe give a better visual balance to the denim shirt and chunky necklace. The outfit looks less top-heavy when weighted by a heavier shoe. A darker shoe would do the same thing but it would make my short legs even shorter, so l prefer a pale shoe with white jeans.
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Do you think about the weight of fabrics with your jewelry?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.