Fashion Math
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Fashion Math

I’m not really a math person. As a left-brained creative type, reading, spelling, and language have always been my favorite subjects. However, due to my anal-retentive control freak tendencies and a maniacal need for organization, I do appreciate formulas–as long as they don’t involve numbers.

This translates to my wardrobe accordingly: I like coming up with easy-to-understand combinations–recipes, if you will–for putting clothes together. For instance, trousers + fitted tee + blazer, or this pencil skirt + print blouse + cardigan + boots combo. It makes it simple to get dressed, but still leaves room to have fun with accessories (woo-hoo!) for interest.

Fashion Math really comes in handy when I’m deciding what to wear to work in the morning, especially since mai brane duz not wurk rite before 9am. Today’s equation was inspired by BOY by Band of Outsiders, and is really easy to pull off:


As with real equations, you can use different variables and get the same answer–in this case, the answer is looking good!ย Another plus (get it? Plus?) is that you probably already have most of these items in your closet, and if not, it’s easy to find inexpensive substitutes:


Left column: Shirt, American Apparel; Blazer, Urban Outfitters; Chinos, J. Crew; Shoes, Net-a-Porter Middle column: Shirt, Old Navy; Blazer, Pixie Market; Chinos, Bluefly; Heels, Steve Madden Right column: Shirt La Garconne; Blazer, asos; Chinos, Urban Outfitters; Heels, Zappos

How do you get dressed? Do you have a process or do you just throw caution to the wind every day?

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  • Danielle

    May 13, 2009 at 11:39 am Reply

    I LOVE this! I have some rolled up pants similar and was wondering how to wear them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fajr/ Stylish Thought

    May 13, 2009 at 12:13 pm Reply

    So simple and chic! Love your hair in that pic. I’m definitely a throw caution to the wind person. I can’t be bothered with routine, plus my morning moodiness won’t let me stick with one thing, even if I tried.

  • Alicia

    May 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm Reply

    It works!

    I should try formulas instead of just pulling a cardigan, jeans, and tee out of the closet when I get lazy in the morning. At least more variety would come of it. =D

  • Billye

    May 13, 2009 at 11:31 pm Reply

    I really like this post! I will be featuring it for this week. Thank you for all you do!

  • tanesha

    May 14, 2009 at 10:48 am Reply

    it’s funny because as a stylist and from talking to other stylists, we all eventually have like, 5 things we just wear constantly. and you accessorize and personalize of course. i have a very edited wardrobe but get frequent compliments on my “new” things people swear they’ve never seen before. always makes me laugh…

  • Alex

    May 15, 2009 at 1:39 am Reply

    Hi! I was thinking if you could send me an invite to the fashion spot? Would very much appreciate it, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ My email add is:

  • chechmonk

    May 16, 2009 at 12:35 am Reply

    Im so in love with this relaxed prep style outfit, I did this a few months ago but I want to try it with the bright colored shirt now!

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