No Shame in the Remix Game

Style-Tip February 2017

Topic / Question / Issue:

What to look for and to consider…

So This is What Happened:

Remember, Nicole, she didn’t have a name in the previous issue but let’s give her one. Nicole, wore that skirt, the black textured one, her fave remember…twice in about 8 days or so. On the second wear her co-worker, probably inadvertently, mentioned that she’d just “recently” complimented Nicole on the same skirt. Not the end of the world, but we’re going to explore ways to help Nicole remix her fave skirt for maximum wear.

Answer / Resolution / Fix:

So we concluded that the skirt is a fave of Nicole’s because of one or a few of its characteristics: maybe the fit, silhouette, or color. According to a study there’s a relationship between happiness and wearing your favorite wardrobe items.

What’s a girl to do? Go out and buy 10 of the same item because she loves it? Probably not the best solution. What she can do…

A) Invest in new pieces that have the same characteristics.

B) Remix It.

We’ll explore option B…The Remix!….. it turns out that the same characteristics that make a garment our fave are also the ones we consider when determining if they’ll make for a good remix:

Solids vs. Prints • Color • Texture/Material • Silhouette When we say good, we mean how fluid and flexible the item is. These items tend to give us more choices.

choice -\ˈchȯis\ : the act of choosing : the act of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities. (thanks Merriam-Webster)

Let’s Get Into It…

Solids vs. Prints: solids make for good foundation items in a wardrobe, regardless of the color. They’re great for layering and mixing and matching. For the most part they aren’t as immediately eye catching as prints. Prints tend to be the focus piece of the look, because of the ‘busyness’ our eyes are drawn to the print. Color combinations intertwined with design elements (prints/patterns) can fascinate the eye and draw the viewer in (quartoknows.com).

Prints are fun and lively, they’re great as supplements and compliment base / foundation colors well.

“ The only source of knowledge is experience” -Albert Einstein

Color: Dark vs. Light — Because brighter colors tend to stand out more, darker colored items are fluid; blacks, grays, navys, browns… These dark hued tones because of their neutrality properties makes it easy to layer with other items and they camouflage well. These rich colors play the “background’ or ‘base’ nicely.

A bonus to classic black, according to a survey that studied 1000 people, is that it makes you appear more attractive, intelligent, and confident (buytshirtsonline.co.uk). Based on personal experience and maybe yours too, we concur… #LBD — Little Black Dress, historical and the most fluid.

Texture/Material: When it comes to texture and material certain types stand out more than others. Take fur or leather for instance, these items have an undeniable pop to them. If someone is wearing leather pants your eye will likely gravitate more to them than the dark jeans worn by the person next to them.

How about a sequin dress standing next to a solid cotton dress in the same design? The shimmer in the sequin will draw attention.

Silhouette: Some silhouettes are more prominent than others for different reasons. So, both a very tight fitted dress and a super oversized dress can draw attention. A balanced look by way of fit and silhouette make for good remixes. Example: you may more readily notice a repeat of a full pleated skirt than you would a straight fit skirt.

Items that remix well are fluid. They are flexible because of their properties and characteristics. They create choices.

The more fluid items fall into the Everyday Remix category, essentially our focus thus far. There are a total of three remix categories:

Gradually from the Everyday to the Special remix category it becomes less about a remix and more about timing. For example, a ball gown is memorable all on its own. What you might change are the accessories (shoes and jewels) but you won’t be remixing much. There’s not much “masking” involved which is why timing is a key.

*Stand-out = there’s no denying that you had on the item.

Sum Up:

Even with all of that said, there are always exceptions to the rule; because there are a bunch of characteristics to consider. But, as we learn our wardrobe and ourselves (what we like, what flatters us, what makes us feel beautiful) we can more effortlessly decide on what will work better. The best part of all of the Remix option is the exploration component.

Because we believe that fashion = freedom, wear what you want, when you want! When looking to maximize your wardrobe in a more effortless, informed, and fun fashion… consider the remix.

Until next time! — Gwen Beloti

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THE NEXT ISSUE:

THE REMIX SERIES : PART 3 THE SUPPLEMENTS: ACCESSORIZING, LAYERING, ALTERING & BUILDING A COLLECTION OF ESSENTIALS

Upcoming Issues

• Fit & Flatter Series
 • What’s in Your Bag
 • Accessory Series
 • Investing vs.Squandering

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