I’ve noticed that there seems to be a general consensus amongst many fashion bloggers on the topic of the importance of “balance” in the construction of outfits. I agree that finding some equilibrium within a given combination often lends itself to more harmonious looks, but I’m afraid that the vagueness of the idea of “balance” distorts the original message and creates unnecessary limits once again. Balance is a relative, subjective notion that is just another word for “don’t over do it.” For example, when I was deciding this morning how many of the bangles to wear with this ensemble I remembered a cute moment from Shrek. As I put the first two bangles on I thought…”don’t over do it,” with the third bangle…”don’t over do it,” and as I slid my hand through the fourth…”you just over did it.” Yes, I over did it and stepped out the door!

It’s all a lot simpler than the “experts” make it sound. There is no real mystery or secret to it. If you like wearing something and it makes you and those around you happy, it’s right. Balance or no balance – wear it! There’s no growth in conforming and what is fashion if not one element of growth layered on another.

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful” – Mae West

What I’m wearing:

  • Cotton jacket by “Sanctuary”
  • Shirt by “Frank & Eileen”
  • Shorts by “People’s Liberation”
  • Bangle + ring by “Luc Kieffer”
  • Pumps by “Marni”
  • Purse by “Malababa”