Tuesday, July 29, 2014

K.I.S.S.


hat, Goorin Bros / vintage 1970s dress, estate sale / sandals, Sam Edelman / vintage Coach bag, thrifted / vintage wooden bracelets, estate sale


K.I.S.S. stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. While I first heard the acronym while watching The Office (good advice imparted to Dwight), it's origins come from a 1960s U.S. naval principal that maintains systems work better when kept simple. While I'm not signing up for the Navy any time soon, I've been applying the idea to my summer outfits. But not just to the quantity of pieces I'm wearing, but the shapes and colors of the individual pieces as well. When I wear simple silhouettes made of quality fabrics, I feel like the focus of the outfit goes beyond it's static state, to how it moves, how it catches the light, how it changes over the course of me wearing it. Pieces like a plain cotton sack dress and a black straw hat have lives of their own, and it's nice to get out of their way and let the evening summer sunshine do it's thing. 

2 comments :

  1. Alternatively, I feel like K.I.S.S. could also stand for "keep it summery, stupid." To me, summery and simple seem to almost hint at similar things. Chalk it up to the stifling summer heat and my ensuing summertime laziness if you will. Nothing feels quite as nice as feeling that tiny breeze blowing in whatever sack-like garment you're wearing in the summer though. Love the little details on your sack dress by the way.

    I've been following for a while now and this may (or may not) be the first time I've commented on your blog. Just wanted to say that I enjoy following along despite having a completely different sense of style. It's always interesting to see how other people play around with clothes to create new looks. Also, I just noticed yesterday that you have a tattoo. I'm not going to pretend to know whatever significance it holds but I think it looks cool. So thumbs up for you :)

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  2. Perhaps we should change the acronym to KISSS (keep is simply summers stupid)? I like both takes on it. I really appreciate you following along and taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment. It's cool you can find something of interest here, despite having a different aesthetic. And thank you, I have a couple visible tattoos on my arms, actually! Maybe one day I'll share their meanings...

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