This is a rather unsatisfactory attempt at replicating the masterful mixing from the shot below (from Agnelli-esque for those interested in keeping tabs on menswear) - what can I say, I work with what I've got. The beauty here is the summer brown with the red stripes and a hint of navy. The look sings summer without dropping nary a thread to casual wear. Thinking this business through, I've concluded that the essential difference between menswear and womenswear is that in menswear the repertoire is narrow so expression (and style) is found in playing within a limited palette. Limited but not boring - and that's the key. Womenswear, on the other hand, has such a wide and varied repertoire that we get lost in the choices and are challenged to focus on the finer details of style. There's just so much to contend with.
Some say the ultimate solution is the dress: no mixing and matching, throw the thing on, grab some shoes, a whack of jewelry and you're good to go. Others go crazy, one day it's a dress, then a skirt and top with maybe a sweater or jacket, then it's pants (wide leg, capri, skinny, skimmer, lowrise, midrise - I'm reeling), in the summer add shorts, a jersey dress, a maxi dress. Then the shoes: ballet flats to the office, then heels, or sandals - then heels, the something you can actually walk in like Birkenstocks, then running shoes, espadrilles. See where I'm going with this ... it's exhausting. When you think about all the other stuff we have to navigate, is this some colossal conspiracy to keep us from ruling the world? Do I get my hair blown out for that presentation tomorrow - or should I just focus on the presentation? Hmmm.
Enough ranting. What I like about the combo more than anything is playing with brown. I love brown but it's hard to make it work in summer unless it's in solid linen. I like the cleverness of this combo and because it allows me to wear my brown Campers in the summer. Any outfit that facilitates foot comfort is good by me.
Well, I think I've gone on long enough on this subject. I'll give you all a rest - at least for a while.
Next up, more on the lovely Fiona sent to me from a regular reader who has her finger on the pulse of The Guardian's style files.