Outfit | Earthy Tones + On the Importance of Being Impractical

oak and fort shoes

Wearing: Oak and Fort Shoes (similar here), Zara Two Piece (find similar here), Zara Cape (similar), Céline Sunglasses c/o Pretavoir, and a Maison Heroine Bag c/o

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Inspired by Jacquemus Spring Summer 2018 collection’s ode to earthy tones, I put together some of my favorite pieces in these shades, including these terracotta Oak and Fort shoes, which will complement many more spring outfits to come.

oak and fort shoes

I’ve read so often rants on comments in magazines  such as, “I hate capes, they are so impractical”, “I’m so over the highly impractical off-the-shoulder tops”, “I would never wear that, that’s too quirky”, and so on. Apparently a lot of people seem to think we should all stick to wearing  jeans and a tee, aka the most practical and fail-safe outfit.

Particularly during the past years, we’ve been often told to embrace comfort and practicality (guilty of charge), we’ve been told to stick to functional garments, and the highly impractical is basically frowned upon. However, what I have observed is that this path has led to uniformity in dressing, when personal style is ironically supposed to show what makes you different to others. It is supposed to show what makes you be you, what makes you unique.

While the current zeitgeist is about liberation, while functional, practical, and comfortable dressing is a way to embrace feminism, while practicality is not the enemy either, the existence of the highly impractical and out of the norm needs a place among us. The impractical has a right to be, the different needs to be tolerated and endorsed. By that, I am not stating that you should wear 5 inch heels everyday or just because. All I am saying is that everything, absolutely everything in life is about a healthy balance, about equilibrium. Even nature with its homeostasis shows us this is the way. What I am trying to say is that if you feel like wearing a cape, 5 inch heels, an off-the-shoulder top, or a quirky yet impractical outfit because you want to express yourself and it represents who you are, then go ahead and wear it and wear it well.

A good analogy might be what you can see in the architecture world: Many do not consider Zaha Hadid’s or Frank Gehry’s sculptural and out-of-this-world masterpieces, which stand out of entire cities to be architecture. Why? Because you can hardly read its function from its structure and because they do not blend in into their context and  surroundings. Yes, everything has been centered around function during the past century and modernist architecture was the main movement to embrace it. And while functionalist poetry such as that of Mies van der Rohe is timeless and there can be entire cities with uniform, squared and clean buildings,one playful building out of the norm needs a place here, there, and everywhere. Funnily, such is the case of Bilbao, where the so called ‘starchitecture’ of the Guggenheim Museum had an overall positive economic impact over the once almost abandoned city.

Be impractical, be whimsical, and dress however the heck you want. Just be you and never be the prisoner of what others think. Society puts already a lot of pressure on us, so fashion should be the last thing that adds up. Fashion is a way to express freedom.

BTW, if you are looking for more spring outfit ideas, click here.

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