When I described in a recent blog of having an assignment to come up with the most dramatic outfit I could wear, strong color contrast was not an option. The remaining elements are extension of line and surprise. I chose a cape, using extension of line.
Of course, this was all on paper but years later, I owned a white cashmere cape. It was just a flat piece of fabric with an area for the neck and the remaining end was tossed over the opposite shoulder. What fun! Putting it on with a flourish, I was ready to take on the world. I preferred to wear it over slacks or jeans, adding elegance, flair and DRAMA every time I wore it! It was a sad day when the delicate cashmere finally began looking more like it had come from my grandmother’s attic and I had to say goodby.
In searching through current collections for examples of drama, I find that designers are using the elements of color contrast, extension of line and surprise frequently. One can often find more than one of these elements in a single design. This little short cape uses extension of line to create drama. The fur trim adds an element of elegance. Can’t you picture Nicole Kidman, with her elegant persona, wearing this for an evening out?
This evening dress has the element of surprise with a simple, high front, then – Surprise! – an unexpected revealing back. This would be a beautiful way for a classic style person such as Diane Sawyer, to carry off drama. I would not choose the strip for her but a midnight blue would be stunning.
The little black dress uses a flared skirt to create understated drama. Jennifer Anniston, with her natural all-American girl persona could rock this. Romantic Kate Hudson would also look fabulous in this dress but would want to add some romantic jewelry or perhaps, a fluffy shrug.
Finally, Stella McCartney, included this black and white sun dress in her spring line. In addition to color contrast, she has added the element of surprise with cutouts in front and back. This dress needs to b worn by someone young and full of pizzazz. It also will be totally memorable so if your budget will allow for only one great new summer outfit, this is probably not the best choice.
Adding a little drama can be fun for everyone. When you know your own style, you will know how to make it happen and look fabulous. Need some guidance? That’s what Style With Aplomb is all about. Call Beryl at 404-428-2527