Let’s go to the Swiss Alps and swing on balance beams.

by Katelyn Block on January 26, 2012 · 6 comments

Well, hello there! This morning I am spending some quality time reading Trust Agents for a class, drinking coffee, and rejuvenating my brain. As you all enjoyed the previous style post written by Diana, why not have some more? Diana gracefully offered to write again, and talented she is. Enjoy!

Hey, everyone! It looks like I’m back for round two… I’ll probably be somewhat all over the place in this post, but hold tight and you’ll get to see some pretty pictures eventually!

So. Fashion. What is it really? To be perfectly honest, I’m not quite sure. When you think about fashion, you probably think of chic dresses and intimidating heels. That’s certainly not a bad answer, but there are other ways of contextualizing the subject.

Personally, I use fashion as a means to explore. To escape. To express how I’m feeling and to reflect my personality. In this day and age, first impressions are hugely important – and you have thousands of first impressions every single day. Therefore, it’s worth asking yourself: who do I want to be today?

Right now, I wouldn’t mind being one of the girls in the Bally ads, snuggling with puppies or goats in the Swiss Alps. It’s not even so much the clothes that are shown, but rather the effect that the whole package has on me, thanks to my penchant for snowy mountaintops and cute animals (not to mention the male models).

Similarly alluring are the Chanel campaign photos. They appeal to a different side of me, reinforcing the fact that fashion is there to cover all of your bases whenever you have sartorial ADD (as I often do).

But enough about high fashion. I will admit to being a bit of a snob and a complete luxury aficionado, but the reality is that I simply can’t afford much in the way of designer garments, at least for the time being. Street style is another wonderful way in which individuality is expressed, and images from fashion week capture it at its zenith.

Generally, a photo of an outfit is popular either because of its overall look, or because of a small detail (take the jacket below, for instance). The difference between a drop-dead gorgeous look and one that falls flat is often due to careful styling, such as the way a jacket is fastened or a cuff is rolled. Ultimately, it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.

And it’s not just clothes that have the ability to provide an impact – emphasizing features (the following image shows a great red lip) can be very powerful, too. It gives you a trademark, and allows you to stamp your personality onto a look, regardless of what you’re actually wearing. My current obsession is hot pink lipstick, although I’ve got a feeling that will change once I run out of MAC’s Lickable…

And that’s a wrap! Thank you again to the ever-lovely Katelyn for letting me write for you, and I hope you’ve enjoyed my guest post.

All images above are courtesy of Tommy Ton’s JAK & JIL (which if you have not checked out before, you really should now) or the brands that I have mentioned. To finish up, here’s Daphne Guinness, who – to my mind – can do no wrong when it comes to getting dressed…

Thank you again, Diana, for writing! Have a happy Thursday, and remember…. it’s almost Friday, which means it’s basically the weekend. Who’s ready for Rush?! (yep, sorority rush starts this weekend — unfortunately my lips are sealed. Can’t wait to talk about it after all is said and done!)

xoxo,

Katelyn

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Kristin @ FoodFash January 26, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Wow I haven’t heard anyone talk about rush in forever. Have so much fun and enjoy sore cheeks from smiling so much!

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Katelyn Block January 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

My cheeks are actually so sore!!!

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Pure2raw twins January 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM

fun posts! and love that green jacket with all that detail
I wish I was better with fashion

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Katelyn Block January 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Right? So regal!

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed January 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I saw Daphne Guinness walking into her OBGYN’s office and I was all like “she allows her body to have a period???”

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Katelyn Block January 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

YOU’RE KIDDING. Do you live near her??!

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