I am prone to both rash decisions and overthinking things to the point of mental paralysis. But, lemme tell you, it’s a beautiful little world to live in. You over analyze everything, because you gotta get RIGHT. And then it slowly dawns on you that there is no right answer, and any decision is just as good as another, and that it is indecision itself that is the true menace. And then you hastily pick an action to take, and realize that the world will keep on turning, even if things don’t go as planned. Sometimes you just gotta forget about logic and go with your gut, because 9.9 times outta 10, everything will work out.
There are so many juicy little situations I’ve gotten myself into by this. I have endless content to internally scream about. And I have so many good memories of spontaneous trips and wild projects I’ve done on a whim that just so happened to turn out incredibly.
I went to visit my amazing, incredibly talented friend Christine in Greensboro, NC because heck, I had the day off and I’d been missing her so terribly. Also, I’d been telling her I’d visit for about a year and a half, and hadn’t, mainly because of anxiety and overthought. Well, at some point, you get sick of thinking and literally going nowhere that you say screw it to spending your last $20 on gas to go visit your best friend.
If it’s my last $20, it’s okay, I’ll find a way to make it work. If my car breaks down getting there, it’s okay, I’ll just make it work. Everything has a way of working out eventually. Because as I said, doing nothing is the truest form of failure, in my opinion.
It was an unplanned adventure. And it was an unplanned shoot. And it was an unplanned look. And it was an exercise in making it work.
And that’s really what this look and shoot was about: making it work.
By traditional logic, a hoodie and cycling shorts and heels and undone hair really don’t make sense. But I threw it all into my bag because that was what I felt like I needed to take with me. And there was no guarantee that it was all gonna work.
But it definitely did work. And here’s why:
It’s concise: It’s minimal and straight to the point. The focus is the hoodie paired with heels, and those are the parts of the look you see first. There’s no added accessories, no extra layers, no patterns. Keep it simple. A neutral palette and clean lines are extremely difficult to mess up, making unconventional pairings more likely to succeed.
It’s balanced. Everything is proportionate. Shorts that stop mid-thigh will make you legs look bulky, it’s just how the geometry of it works. Wearing a giant hoodie makes you look small. Heels elongate your legs, and heels with details like lacing balance with the hoodie you’re literally swimming it. It all works together to create a balanced whole.
It’s decided. A good outfit is equally as much about mindset as it is about visual aesthetic. If you don’t have confidence and faith in the art you’ve put together, it’s not going to be cohesive. It’s just clothing. You’re the unifying element that brings it all together. If you don’t make it work, no one will. If you don’t decide it looks good, it’s going to be pretty difficult to convince others of such.
So much of fashion is just simply deciding something looks good. If you believe it, other people will buy into it too. And so much of life is just deciding to roll with what you’ve got. Sometimes you just gotta fake it until you make it. And if it doesn’t end up working, THAT’S OKAY. Things sort themselves out. Lesson learned. Don’t repeat that outfit. Or don’t do this or that again. At least you gave it a shot.
Now go forth and make some rad outfits.