Style Inspiration: A Lesson in Dichotomy


Prints, pants, & pointy toes: A prime example of expertly-styled dichotomy. Image via Pinterest.

Prints, pants, & pointy toes: A prime example of expertly-styled dichotomy. Image via Pinterest.

One of the most repeated styles of dress throughout recent fashion history is dichotomy. The intentional mismatched look adds detail, sparks a little whimsy, and catches the eye–in short, contrast is one key to creating an interesting outfit. While the mixing and matching can be a bit tricky to master for style newbies, once you get into it, it will be a snap to create unconventional, appealing outfit. So, how do you do it? With a little bit of fashion math. It’s all about combining multiple elements. Choose two or three contrasting pieces–clothing, styles of dress, accessories–and simply mix them for maximum impact. Sample equations could include a slip dress + a moto jacket for a feminine-but-grunge look,  or combine comfy + luxe pieces for a look similar to the one above. Once you get the hang of things, it’s really pretty simple! Another obvious benefit that comes with combining for contrast is that the look gives you an opportunity to wear and re-wear your favorite pieces in unexpected ways. If you’re a day-to-night-in-one-outfit kind of girl, this is something that will come in handy in a major way!  While choices in apparel help to create the perfect contrast, hair and makeup are a less obvious (but equally influential) tool to achieving that ends. Think, bedhead-inspired hair on the red carpet, sweat pants with sunglasses and a red lip at the grocery store, a designer statement bag with a thrifted outfit…the possibilities are endless. All of these elements allow you to get more wear out of your clothes, create more interesting outfits, and to really show off your personal style–all things we love. In short, mixing and matching is rad. 

How do you feel about dichotomy in fashion? Is it a tool of your trade? Any suggestions for creating interesting looks? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Liza, Editorial Director


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