High WASPs (n.b. California regional variant) dress for balance. We love the cautious subjunctive; it’s all about the IF statements (and the semi-colon).
- IF you are wearing navy you want to complement it with something bright.
- IF your shoes sparkle something else must be matte.
- IF your pants are tight your top must be loose.
And, the subject of today’s post, IF your jeans are one shape, your earrings must be another. Note: I choose earrings here because they are my primary accessory. One can apply the same principle to shoes, if you’re podiatrically exploratory, or scarves, if you don’t mind all the tying and flapping.
As a first point, if rely on earrings for style in jeans, you’ve got to go beyond diamond studs. At least beyond the small studs, and I prefer danglers to large ones, given the High WASP propensity for attached ear lobes.
If you’re wearing boyfriends, straight, frayed, reminiscent of manual labor, I suggest curves. Some pink.
If you’re wearing bootcuts, with their wavier silhouette, I suggest geometry.
As for skinnies, which I don’t wear but can think about, I believe the earring choice is determined by your shirt. Close-fitting top, swaying earrings. Loose top, structured at the lobe.
For the sake of this exercise, I’ve limited our shoe choice to two pairs for each type of jeans. As I said, some of you are more shoesploratory than I; you’ll balance adventurously (physically and aesthetically) on your feet. Some of you are less subjunctive, more declarative than the High WASP; you’ll pile on multiple accessories.
But here’s the principle that endures; make your choice evident. Show your aesthetic in contrast, buy no look off the shelf, choose sophistication in contradiction and balance.
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