Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Artsy, Not Fartsy

Arsty, Not Fartsy
My school has a very large population of kids who consider themselves "arsty". They dress in.......interesting
clothing. I know, self-expression is important, but you don't need to look like an attender of a Florence & The Machine concert. If that's your look, go ahead and close down this tab right now. If not, keep reading.
A little know fact about the artsy look is that it was derived from the hippie look. Loose, flowy bohemian styles. Artsy isn't much different. With artsy, you're able to add more graphic elements, like so.


By keeping natural elements (sandals, vest) and adding more graphic pieces (Madonna tee, shorts) you have a proper mix of past and present , making the ensemble artsy.
Here's a collection I made that is equal parts artsy, and non-homeless

But you may ask, what if I want to look artsy at work? Well, pushy, I'm getting to it. Pushy.
Before- This look = NSFW


By adding a more work-friendly skirt, a cardigan and less.......expressive shoes, you go from Coachella to client meeting.
School is an experiment zone. You can be creative, just artsy, like this.

That's just gross. Separate these pieces, and anchor them with at least ONE solid item.

By adding a more structured shirtdress and neutral shoes, we tone down the huge chunk of visual space that's taken up by the shirt.
Now, what to do with those horridious boots? The thing is, they're not really horridious. Watch.

By swapping the pink jeans for regular ones, adding two cute belts, and a vest, we make sure that the color is distributed evenly.
Now, about those pink jeans.......

By keeping the scarf, and adding a soft blue sweater, and some funkier shoes, we keep the eclectic (scarf, jeans) but add two unexpected neutrals. (blue sweater, boots)
Parties are,like I said, an experimental zone. You can experiment, just make sure it's not a hungover Rihanna would wear, like so.

Artsy Party

It's called balancing. To balance the graphic-ness of one piece, you must add a neutral. Or two.
That concludes today's lesson.