A new week and new post! I’m sad that my summer is almost over but also happy to share with you all the second part of my collaboration with The Visual Difference!
Sometimes when someone describes someone’s style, they often create categories like preppy, girly, goth, or sporty. But the idea of only sticking to one ‘style’ can get a little boring, so why not combine two different distinct styles or textures to create a whole new look?
That was my challenge for the second part of my photoshoot. I wanted to find a way to pair up my Zebra printed skirt with a different top that will contrast yet merge well together at the same time. I decided to first have a solid coloured base as my top, which was my Calvin Klein body suit. Then for the first part I wore a jeans jacket from the boutique P & T, and ended with my favourite custom embroidered jacket from Morocco. I loved how the Zebra pattern and the beaded jacket worked in harmony despite being completely different pieces. This challenge took some time but here are my key points for mixing styles in an outfit:
- Be extraordinary: Wear something unexpected, something out of the normal or the typical ‘ look of the day’. Mixing styles in an outfit means changing the norms and rules of the game, creating an never before seen outfit only you can wear.
- Work with Textures and Prints: If you’re wearing one kind of print as a top, try pairing it with a completely different print at the bottom or a similar one but in a different size. Polka dots and stripes can work very well together, and so does inverting the colours of the same pattern. Playing around with your prints and textures, you never know what you might put together!
- Watch for Contrasts: Contrasting two different colours with the same print, or vice versa is another great idea for an outfit. Find things that are on the “extreme level” paired with things more casual and down-to-earth. For example, go for a printed t-shirt paired with a pencil skirt and heels or a ripped jeans with a blazer and blouse.
- High-Low Fashion: Experimenting with price ranges can also be another way to help you get that ideal combination look. Pair an expensive piece, like a jacket you’ve been saving up to wear, with a pair of jeans purchased at a local market.
- Be Confident: You may be looked at and stared by others, but there are people around the world who still don’t understand fashion freedom. Wear what you want to wear and know that you’re doing something different than everyone else!
Turning points from the outfit, the location for this photoshoot is actually one of my favourite places in Abu Dhabi because it’s an abandoned area hidden from the public eye, but once you’re at the top, you can see the whole city. You feel so small compared to the high buildings surrounding you. We started shooting in an area that looked a lot like the woods in Europe, which gave out this mysterious atmosphere. Then we moved on to shooting at the top of this abandoned area in Abu Dhabi that had an old rusty tank. Even though it was a super hot day with no water, it didn’t stop us from continuing with the project and having fun along the way. Now it’s your turn to explore with your own textures and prints! Enjoy xx
All Photographs taken by Sophia Scholz from @thevisualdifference