Hey y’all! It has been a crazy crazy last couple weeks! I’ve really wanted to post some outfits, but my main photographer has had a nasty cold and I just couldn’t drag her out of bed to grab some shots…. and now I have the lovely bug and I’m considering doing a post on 5 reasons why every girl needs a pair of Nike track pants… #1 being so you can look decent while laying around on a Tuesday swallowing garlic cloves every few hours. 😉
Instead of a classy post like that, today I’m going to share “5 Fall Outfits I Blogged and Now Wonder WHY” because in the time I haven’t been blogging recently, I’ve been watching documentaries, reading books, listening to lectures, and talking to friends about good art, beauty, identity, math, and excellence– and how they should not be compartmentalized in our lives as Christians.
There are elements and principles of design that should be followed in our wardrobes with similar attitude as when composing a piece of music or planning brushstrokes for a work of art. Obviously, our outfit of the day will not have the lasting impact or significance as The Last Supper by Di Vinci, (thank goodness) but because “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence”, (1 Peter 1:3, emphasis mine) we should use the fundamentals of aesthetics to evaluate our outward adornment. Elements of design are pieced together to create principles of design in good art.
Here are the 3 elements of design I’m focusing on learning currently (definitions from ArtsEdge website):
- Line is the most basic building block of formal analysis. Line can be used to create more complex shapes or to lead your eye from one area in the composition to another.
- Color differentiates and defines lines, shapes, forms, and space.
- Texture is the surface quality that can be seen and felt. Textures can be rough or smooth, soft or hard.
And the 3 principles of design:
- Balance is created in a work of art when textures, colors, forms, or shapes are combined harmoniously.
- Emphasis is created in a work of art when the artist contrasts colors, textures, or shapes to direct your viewing towards a particular part of the image.
- Unity is created when the principles of analysis are present in a composition and in harmony. Some images have a complete sense of unity, while some artists deliberately avoid formal unity to create feelings of tension and anxiety.
Now, to evaluate some fall outfits I have blogged over the years and now realize were not well done.
Texture: The texture of the light knit shirt and cargo denim skirt go fine together, but the skirt obviously didn’t wear well because of all the wrinkles which are distracting and messy.
Balance: The balance is off due to the awkward lines and distracting textures of the outfit combo.
Emphasis: Certainly not on the face where it should be!
Unity: Theoretically this should have been a fine outfit, but when even one element of design is off (line), it ruins the whole thing!
Texture: The texture of the shirt does go with the skirt, but the skirt is just a bad look due to the wrinkles and odd gathering.
Balance: The balance is fine, because the skirt has a little more weight to it than the shirt, keeping the proportions okay.
Emphasis: Because my hair is down and I have some braids to add texture, I think your eye is drawn to my face… but just barely.
Unity: Due to the lines, colors, and textures, this outfit just is not excellent.
Texture: Linen is a great fabric to go with knitted shawls as it goes with the easy breezy feel. The feather earrings also go with the look.
Balance: Due to the see-through shawl, the hip line isn’t destroyed by the scarf, but the v-neck t-shirt underneath is just confusing.
Emphasis: If the undershirt was a color that blended, it would drive the eye towards my face. But as it is, the emphasis goes towards the tight shirt and dark tank under the shawl.
Unity: One distracting point of an outfit can ruin the whole look. 😛
Texture: Eh, not going to complain about the textures except to point out again how bad wrinkles are.
Balance: The colors definitely throw off the balance of this outfit.
Emphasis: The v-neck and large hair-bow help draw the eye to my face, even with the distracting skirt lol.
Unity: Overall, the outfit’s not that bad. But it’s not good either– and I’m striving for great.
Texture: Corduroy and knit goes great together. Corduroy badly stretched out is a terrible look though.
Balance: The shirt’s print gives more “weight” to the top of the outfit, but the length of the shirt cuts at an awkward length.
Emphasis: The first thing I see when I look at the image is a poorly defined midsection. O.o
Unity: Of the 5 outfits I’ve evaluated today, this is the most unified, just working with weird pieces.