High contrast

Scoop Neck Three Quarter Sleeve Striped Sweater by Kensie
GRAPHIC PATTERN { Scoop Neck Three Quarter Sleeve Striped Sweater by Kensie }

Now, I know I can’t be the only person with an instinct to buy clothes in neutral colors because I worry it won’t go with anything in my closet… but I’m also afraid that I’m going to end up with a boring, monochromatic wardrobe, so I’m definitely a proponent of pushing yourself to buy and mix unusual colors and patterns. But, I’ve also found that these neutrals – especially black and white – can be incredibly interesting, too.

Blouse with Contrasting Peter Pan Collar and Blouse with Beaded Peter Pan Collar by Zara
CONTRASTING DETAILS { Blouse with Contrasting Peter Pan Collar (left) & Blouse with Beaded Peter Pan Collar (right) by Zara }

There are a lot of ways to grab people’s attention through fashion, but pieces with sharply contrasting details create interest particularly well. Just to nerd-out for a sec – remember, psych major here – humans are born with a preference for highly contrasting edges and patterns. They’re the first type of visual input we like (and can see clearly), and they continue to pull our focus throughout life.

The contrast between dark and light, black and white in an outfit is always chic and sophisticated. However, when texture (like the beading and fringe on the Zara outfit above) or graphic patterns (especially the stripes on the dress above and the pea coat below) are involved, this contrast can be playful, too.

Striped Jersey Peacoat by Gloverall
GRAPHIC PATTERN { Striped Jersey Peacoat by Gloverall }
Leighton Tuxedo Jacket by Leifsdottir
CONTRASTING DETAILS { Leighton Tuxedo Jacket by Leifsdottir }
New Adeline Blouse by Elizabeth and James
CONTRASTING DETAILS { New Adeline Blouse by Elizabeth and James }
Two Tone Skirt and Printed Sheath Skirt by Zara
COLOR BLOCKING AND PATTERN { Two Tone Skirt (left) & Printed Sheath Skirt (right) by Zara }
Raina by Reiss
COLOR BLOCKING { Raina by Reiss }
Original Flea by Fleabags
CONTRASTING DETAILS AND GRAPHIC PATTERN { Original Flea by Fleabags }
Pinstripe Silk Pants by Madewell and Pinstripe Pants from Free People
GRAPHIC PATTERN { Pinstriper Silk Pants by Madewell & Pinstripe Pants from Free People }
Blazer with Tuxedo Collar by Zara
CONTRASTING DETAILS { Blazer with Tuxedo Collar by Zara }

Medium Heel Shoes and Two Tone Platform Shoes by Court
COLOR BLOCKING AND CONTRASTING DETAILS { Medium Heel Shoes & Two Tone Platform Shoes by Court }








About Alison

Artsy-nerdy, fashion and lifestyle blogger. Loving wife, baby sister. Uprooted Texan living in SoCal. Writer, shopper, photographer, reader, listener, drawer - loving the aesthetics and the depth in life.
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