Sunday, November 11, 2012

That Sweater

Hey y'all! How was your Lord's Day? I woke up totally excited for the day. Nothing special about it, except that it's God's Day! I got to worship Him and commune with Him and share His blessings and sing His praises!
I think my excitement showed in the height of my hair.  
 Oh, and it was warm out today! Like, no fall "bite" and I wore sandles comfortably. Warm, windy weather is my absolute favorite. As if the day could be any better! 

Sweater: Walmart (I wore it earlier this week... and I may or may not have had to pick hay off of it before I put it on this morning...)
Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Payless
Headscarf: Gift
Earrings: Payless
Necklace: (Yes, I actually wore one! I find it really hard to wear necklaces with headcoverings and not looking overboard) Thrift store

So, I would like to start exploring the art of tasteful clothing design with y'all, following the principles of design. God is a God of order, and His creation certainly reflects that-- it's just gorgeous! We are designed to enjoy beauty! But, obviously, some things are not beautiful to us, and it's usually because they break the rules, clash, and/or are disorderly. There are a couple "principles of design" to think about as we are going about anything we do-- art, interior decorating, graphics, and clothes! These principles can help guide us as we think about how to dress.
 
Texture: Tactile quality of the surface
Rhythm: Eyeflow, dun dun dun, movement with recurrence
Color: Study the wheel
Balance: Visual equilibrium
Proportion: Pleasing interrelationship of the sizes of all the sizes of your outfit
Emphasis: Center of interest
Unity: Coherence of the whole

If this is all complete gibberish to you, maybe I can do some deeper research and try to explain it a bit more... I really am doing this for as much my benefit as I am your's. This is something that applies in all areas of life and really needs to be understood, practiced, and enjoyed as something that will set you free to be creative.

So, let's see how my outfit measures up:
Texture: Sweater = plush wintertime, Skirt = thick structured denim (these are similar in their "weight" or style of texture, so ding ding we win!)

Rhythm: Black scarf, black tank repeat/reflect, silver shoes, silver jewelry as well, which also reflect the sweater color.

Color: Monochromatic. Easy.

Proportion: Medium stripes, medium leaves on the skirt. Flows well.

Emphasis: Striped shirt, leading to necklace which leads to face. Hopefully your eye is drawn towards my face and not what I'm wearing.

Unity: These pieces make sense together. They don't clash styles, they compliment each other.

So, what do you think?  Does this outfit follow the principles well? What could be improved? Do you have other principles in mind? Other suggestions? I kind of already know a lot of this intuitively, but I want to have it be a head knowledge and not just heart, "This feels right" decision. Y'all wanna join me?

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  1. This is one of my favorite outfits of yours! Color coordination is the one I focus on, but those other principles are good to know, too. I think the headscarf and sweater really make this outfit!

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  2. Wahoo ! That's interesting ! I usually don't think that much when I pull an outfit out of my closet ! I just make sure the colors are coordinated and that the outfit doesn't make me look more fat than I am...And usually I'm pleased with what I wear because my clothing pieces are pretty basic !
    Anyway, I love your outfit ! This skirt is beautiful (is this also a b3134?) and that sweater...Aaaah, I have to admit that I love those stripes !
    Have a blessed week, Olivia !
    xoxo

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  3. I love the outfit, although i think i might of put a gray, or black skirt with it -- but im not very adventurous in my clothing department! ;) But i still like the green-- just was thinking outloud :)
    And i love that sweater!!! did you get it at walmart recently??? I'm going on a missions trip to oklahoma in January and I'm gonna be gone till March so i really need some clothes that can be mixed up --- A LOT!! haha :)Also I have to follow a dress code of: skirts well below the knee (no denim most of the time) with no slits. I know you make most of your skirts, but when you do buy skirts where do you go? where should i find one? Oh yeah -- I'm short! sooooo most long skirts are just that -- long...tooo long!! (I'm like barley 5.2'....on a good day! haha) Any tips you could give me would be wonderful!! :)

    -Laura

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    1. Laura,
      I got it about 2 weeks ago at Walmart! The only place I've really bought skirts is Goodwill and Sears. Goodwill is definitely your best bet-- go to a couple different ones! I've seen some cute skirts at Cato, but they're expensive. Sorry I can't be more help! I know it's hard to find the skirt in mind.. we're the same height! Have a great trip!

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  4. Lovely outfit!! The sweater looks comfy!
    Just curious...do you go to church with the botkins?

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    1. Hey Sarah Jane! No, we don't attend the same church. We're Presbyterian, and I think they are Baptist. :)

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    2. Ah, I see. I just wondered because I know some people who attend their church. :)

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    3. Cool! We occasionally go to things with their church and I have several good friends who attend there! Always encouraging. :)

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  5. This is awesome! I would love to see more posts like this. I always love your cute outfit posts, but the reasons behind each article help to teach and give meaning. Would you mind if I did something similar on my blog using your guidelines? I would link it back to you and give you the credit. Please let me know.

    http://trueelegance92.blogspot.com/

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    1. Glad it was helpful! That's fine if you'd like to use the guidelines! I just compiled them from some googling and trying to remember the Botkin's webinar... which I totally should have been taking notes on. :P

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  6. Hey Olivia,
    This may seem totally random, but every time I come to your blog, I think "I should just ask."
    My best friend lives on the Virginia side of Bristol. She's a member of St. Peter Presbyterian Church. Her name is Lydia Smythe and her sister is Charlotte Brockmyre. Do you by any chance know them?

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    1. Haha! Sorry, I don't know them. I think I've heard "of" them a little bit through the grapevine, but I've only visited Bristol for a few hours many years ago and I'm terrible with names. :P

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    2. I know them, and I know Olivia, does that count? :D

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    3. Hey Darby,
      I actually met you briefly a couple years ago. I was visiting the Smythes over Reformation Day in 2010, and y'all were there :)

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    4. (I've met the Smythes... they used to live in Hawaii and one of their friends moved to our area and went to our church for a while and the Smythes visited a couple times.) Small crazy world. ;)

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    5. That's them. I met them in Hawaii :) It is indeed a small world!

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  7. You look lovely in those colors Olivia. ;) And thanks for sharing the latter part about what makes outfits "work". I can't wait to read more!

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  8. Do you wear head coverings during your Church meeting? Just curious =)

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    1. "Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering." 1 Corinthians 11

      Not trying to argue or anything, just that last part kind of shows us differently! :)

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    2. I have never really thought about what 1 Corinthians 11:5 says. I've never worn a head covering to Church, but after reading this verse, it's something I should study more on.

      Just something to think about...

      "Some will say, "but wait, verse 15 says the long hair is her covering?" Ok, let's apply that. If we look at verse 5 again it says she dishonors her head when not covered. It's clear that there's a possibility she could pray and prophesy uncovered; what can she do remove her hair? If her hair was her covering and she removed it (by shaving it off) how could she be in danger of having her head shaven?"

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    3. I think that Bible was trying to teach that long hair is a woman's covering. Even at creation, when Adam and Eve didn't have clothes, I'm sure Eve was not made with a headcovering. God cares about the inner man, though the outer can reflect the inner. I think you should do what you believe God is telling you to do.

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  9. Hmmm, interesting perspective! As some have commented before me, I really just wear whatever I think looks good together! :) Not very helpful...
    While this outfit is cute (not saying it's not!) I do agree with anonymous who said a black skirt would look cute with this outfit! Although I was just telling someone that I have "issues" being too matchy-matchy-perhaps I need to branch out?
    Anyway, random thoughts that hopefully end coherently! LOL!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  10. lines and shape/form are the other two. (I took notes on that one :P)

    ~Madi

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  11. I love the stripes with that long skirt...you look so pretty!
    Modern Modest Beauty

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  12. Fabulous! Well put together! :)
    http://embracingchristianmodesty.blogspot.ca/

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  13. I really like the black and blue contrast :) Some friends of ours moved to Tennessee two years ago, and go to the Botkin's church, and I have to say I'm curious to know if you know them. Their last name is Wilson. If you know them, then it really is a small world :)

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  14. I love the blue and black contrast :) Some friends of ours moved to Tennessee two years ago, and I have to say I'm curious to know if you know them. They go to the same church as the Botkins. Their last name is Wilson. If you know them, then it really is a small world. :)

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  15. Olivia, i love how your always excited about everything. modesty, the "Lords day" (love that you call it that) and i love your was of making fancy outfits fit into your normal every day life!
    your sister in christ

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  16. Your skirt is my favorite! You are so talented sewing, hair, & outfit creating... Keep it up! :) Now I have more to think about than color & what the weather outside demands.

    ~Clare

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  17. Hi!
    I enjoy your outfits; they are a little younger/trendier than my tastes, but I enjoy seeing your combinations... and yes, borrow some of your ideas!

    To fine tune this outfit, I would suggest black sandals (actually flats, for a chillier day) and a black bangle. That would keep the eye traveling, and wrap up the black "rhythym".

    For a classic (music night) look, I would tend to wear a black skirt, and black shoes with a silver buckle, and a silver pendant necklace (with a drop the size of your thumbprint, to balance with the weight of the stripes).

    For this lighter look, I would rummage for a grey skirt. Unless I had a tan/green tank to pull the skirt colour up near the face. And a grey scarf to match the shoes.

    (I think the principle behind these two thoughts is keeping to 1 strong colour, 1 complementary colour; and the third can be a shade of one, or a brighter contrast/accent. )

    You do a great job of matching lines/forms in clothes, and balancing them. I love to keep colours coordinated, but sometimes have a hard time seeing if the garment shapes flow.

    Thanks for your notes on the seminar; I want to learn those principles too! I'm hoping the Botkin's come out with a DVD/CD to purchase, as my internet access isn't good with streaming videos.

    I enjoy graphic design, and enjoy learning to apply these priciples to clothes!

    Have a great week!

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  18. So, cute! I love that skirt!


    ~ Sarah

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  19. Really cute, especially the sweater... :)

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  20. Hey, how are you? Haven't posted in a while is all...
    Madeline

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  21. Olivia,
    thanks for the information on oil pulling! I'm really excited to try it! I saw a lot of places said pressed sesame oil, what oil do you think is best? My mom suggested coconut oil?
    I hope your sister continues to get better! That would definitely not be fun, I'll praying for her-what's her name (if I may ask)? That's so cool that Dr. is helping her, he seemed to really care for his patients.
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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    1. hey! I've done sesame oil, but it quite frankly tastes really really bad just plain. Coconut oil on the other hand, at least the brand we buy (Tropical Traditions), is totally taste free. plus the CO has so many other health benefits... some folks say you should take a table spoon a day! Obviously not just swallowing what you oil pulled cause that would defeat the purpose. :P
      Her name's Willa. Thanks so much!

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  22. Hello there! Aw, your blog here is so lovely I am really looking forward to your future posts so I just joined your site. Your dress sense is truly beautiful and very inspiring! :D I hope you have a good start to your week. Chloe xx

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