I’m not big on embracing my curves. The older I get the more I enjoy the loose fit of fabrics, oversized styles and just not showing my boobs. Similarly, I believe I never really enjoyed the minimalist lines of clothes, I’m more outgoing and I’m drawn to tacky, glittery items which make me look like a six-year-old.
With this post I decided to change that a bit and actually get out of my comfort zone. Naturally our bodies and curves respond to what we wear. That means we can create any geometrical form we desire by adjusting the silhouette of an item we put on. The easiest of these geometrical tools are lines and stripes. Simplest out of all they have the greatest power to downsize us a couple sizes or do exactly the opposite. They create illusions of tiny waists and elongated legs.
At times I like to look at what I wear more as a form of art, a painting. I enjoy looking at all the curves in my body, and patterns of my clothing as if I would be working on an actual piece. For me it’s a sort of nostalgia towards my artsy high school times, for others it’s a way of styling. It may seem as minimalistic wear is often to simple to be deemed as an interesting street style outfit. However, these minimalistic shapes and lines will often be the key to creating an outfit which will stand out from the rest.
I would like to dedicate this text to a subject I rarely touch on. Sports wear. Growing up in a country which up until this point reflects many of the post communist style features, left me with some kind of discomfort when talking about sports wear in terms of street style. Up until Gosha Rubchinskiy became a thing, that style was absolute bullshit for me. I knew it was a sort of subculture but to be honest the people who used to dress this way, usually were the junkies, football fans, alcoholics and wife beaters. Nothing you really want to be associated with.
Surprisingly it became a THING.
A couple of months ago I decided to try and engage the sports wear into my daily wear. Mostly because I saw it as a sort of a challenge. I feel it’s often hard to do it right and with dignity. With my own philosophy I’m against teenage girls wearing the same pair of sneakers with leggings on top and a hoodie. I always despised that style and I always will. Sports wear as a daily wear became a part of our society, whether we like it or not. With my approach e.g. the green Adidas dress above, I tried to show sports wear from a more elegant side if that makes any sense. I’ve tried to put blouses with loose sleeves under the dress along with other contrasting ideas, but nothing worked. I realised that I should embrace the nature of simplicity of this dress.
In conclusion sometimes less is more.
photos by Kuba Polityło Aluwihare