I got dressed today and I took a chance. I took a chance
on love on an outfit. I have this fantastic and terrorizing article of clothing. It is an over sized, cropped, w-i-d-e DVF blouse from Barney's Coop. Let's just call her POPPY. Poppy is some tricky ass shit. I have worn her successfully in the past, but I still find the girl to be a true riddle of a garment.
As I was arranging and rearranging Poppy throughout the day, it really got me thinking about the Gestalt of an outfit. (I OWN THAT) And WHAT was born from this particular meditation? A TRUTH:
"Just because you're wearing it doesn't mean it's an outfit."
(meant to be whispered Ala Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come.")
I'm NOT saying the IDEA of an outfit's GESTALT or the shattering truth that just because you're wearing a meticulously curated collection of garments doesn't make them an integrated whole, are easy forthright concepts. They are not.
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We are entering into wardrobe philosophy 101, the new class I will be teaching at my Alma Mater, NYU's Gallatin School. Please use Poppy and the above outfit when choosing one of the two scenarios below. The overarching question is:
If an outfit works as a whole, does it legitimize all the individual garments, EVEN if one is very weak on its' own? Please consider the following contexts:
1.)If an outfit were a pack of dogs, would the weakest accessory run the chance of group bullying and derision? And, if the group mauls the "omega accessory" to death (it gets donated to Good Will), does it mean they don't love the "runt" OR Are they placing the stability of the hierarchy above an individual for the perpetuation of "order" (personal style standards)?
2.)If an outfit was the 12 Apostles, would the weakest link act out as a Judas & abandon the strongest element to Herod's henchman?
(who knew Judas was a hottie?)
For reference, below is an example of an outfit that works on every level, both church AND state.
->Fuchsia strappy heels singing a perfect harmony with the navy/emerald tie belt
-> boyfriend jeans dangling on the hips to say "true sexy isn't tight"
->tortoise wayfarers & vintage Furla just scream "WE'RE TORTOISE WAYFARERS AND A VINTAGE FURLA! SUCK IT!!"
JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE WEARING IT DOESN'T MEAN ITS AN OUTFIT.
WHAT ABOUT POPPY?
WHAT ABOUT POPPY?