The Bold and The Badass
- August 01, 2017
I have always liked the idea of standing out in a crowd. But executing that idea can be hard. Making a statement, especially with your clothes, is tricky and can go sideways very fast. So I figured I could write about how to wear badass statement pieces without ending up looking like Lady Gaga in 2010. It’s not that it’s a bad thing to look like Lady Gaga, but let’s maybe save those looks for the red carpet eh?
So I tried to pair as many statement pieces as I could find, that I felt that I could pull off on any given day. I wore this epic black top with a cape that I couldn’t resist buying even though god knows I do NOT have the body shape to pull off something that dramatic. But, like I said before, don’t give up on something before trying it on. I tried this top on and I felt like Batman and Catwoman’s lovechild, so OBVIOUSLY, I had to buy it. The top has a super low back and…a CAPE (so you see why I absolutely had to buy it). But the front had this shroud-like element that I wasn’t particularly a fan of but wasn’t something a good bra couldn’t fix.
Frankly, when I bought it, I thought I’d wear it on a night out or to a party. But, around 10 minutes after I bought the thing I realised that I don’t really party and my idea of a night out, is drinks at the local pub. So, basically, I had no place I could wear it to. But, one fine day, I was feeling brave, and I decided to wear it to lunch. Surprisingly, as I walked down the road and into this exceptionally basic restaurant, nobody looked at me like I had escaped from a loony bin. Instead, when the wind blew my cape up into the air, I felt like the coolest person in town and was filled with confidence.
Since my top was so “in your face” and bold, I decided to play it down with my jacket and my jeans. This is one of the most important things you should keep in mind when you’re trying to experiment with bold pieces of clothing. Do not try to do too many things at once; not because it might look silly, but because there is a chance of the features of one piece getting drowned out by that of another. So the actual purpose of wearing a statement piece is lost. Which is why I donned on a basic white jacket and light-wash denim. A white jacket is hard as fuck to maintain, especially when you’re as clumsy as I am. But it is so completely worth investing in because it will INSTANTLY class up ANY outfit you have on. Also, since it is short and has a stiff collar, it will go with annnnything you wear, dresses and shirts and casual funky tops alike. As for the denim, well, a light-wash pair of blue jeans is an absolute staple and YOU MUST OWN AT LEAST ONE PAIR (pretty please with a cherry on top). I am considered short in this country, so I basically never get jeans that fit me well (length-wise), so I have had to come up with innovative ways to make them look like they fit me perfectly. My favourite trick so far is to fold the ends. The best way is to make one big fold and then a small fold so that it ends right above your ankles.
Since I’ve played it safe with a majority of my outfit, I can now afford to go all out with my accessories. So I chose my most prized possession – my first ever and only Moschino bag. This bag deserves an article just to itself but we’ll have to make do. It is a studded, round bag with a giant monogram that can be seen from space. So you’d think, pairing it with a cape-top would be a big fashion faux pas. But it isn’t. Since my top is essentially plain and has no embellishments, I can manage to carry a bold bag AND wear a chunky ring. So far, although I have managed to include 3 statement pieces into my outfit, I’m still playing it safe with the colours. This is one more trick on how to pull off a bold look. If you’re going to go all out in one department (cut/style), then try to play safe with the other aspects of the look, i.e. colour. (At least until you’ve mastered the art of wearing bold pieces). The good thing about this look is that I can also pair it with a giant “hold-it-all”bag.
The bag is tan, basic and big, as opposed to the Moschino bag, which is embellished and bold, but tiny. So, the look remains balanced (big and basic vs small and bold). Just like a blue pair of denim, a simple tan bag is also a staple that you should have in your closet because it goes with almost any outfit and is super useful (I can fit my entire world in it and still have space left for a pair of backup shoes).
Finally, let’s move on to my favourite part of this outfit…the shooooooeeesss. I have always had a fascination towards shoes (genetic defect). This pair is probably one of my favourites. It looks like a Chinese vase. It is sequinned and bright and a definite eye-catcher. Most shoes are bold and are made to be the centre of attention. You can play completely safe with your entire outfit and don on a pair of sexy-as-hell shoes and you’d look ready for any event. So, I went all out with my bright, sequined shoes, especially since the rest of the ensemble was plain and safe (colour-wise).
So, I managed to include around four items in my ensemble, which should have made me look silly and out of place, but because I balanced them out in terms of colour and style and included some buffers (jeans and jacket), I managed to pull it off somehow, and felt fabulous. I realise that it might be difficult to take it in all at once so I’d suggest you start with one bold piece at a time and once you know what that piece looks good with, you can try and add more pieces to the outfit till you feel like a fashion ninja yourself.
I hope this article helps you step out of our comfort zone a little bit and into this humongous world of fashion, which is just waiting to make you look and feel like you could conquer the world.