Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Inspired by Interiors

Back in my Breaking Out of a Fashion Rut series, I mentioned that I sometimes use interior design as a source of fashion inspiration. Today I'm showing you an example of this.

I spotted this modern, sleek interior in a magazine and was instantly drawn to it. I love the use of different shades of gray and green to create a design that is visually arresting, yet clean and simple.

The ideas I plucked from this interior were the use of different shades within the 2-color palette, the sparse use of pattern, and the nickel-finish metals rather than shiny silver. To translate these ideas to an outfit, I mixed the steel gray dress with dove gray tights and boots and a charcoal gray waistcoat. To this I added the grass green t-shirt and yellow-green hat. Finally, for jewelry I selected the black pearl necklace to mimic the nickel finishes in the interior.

Of course there are plenty of other ways to interpret this interior, and this is why I love getting inspiration from non-fashion sources. It takes the idea of fashion down to its most basic concepts and strips away the literal ideas that fashion magazines get us locked into. Instead of looking at a particular garment or outfit and wondering if you can wear it or even if you can afford it, you can instead focus only on important elements such as color, pattern, texture, and style. You can take as much or as little from it as you want: for instance, rather than interpret the sparse modern style of this interior, I could have lifted only the color pairing and nothing else. Or I could have used the checkerboard pattern of the dining room rug as a place to start, and incorporated square shapes into the look. Or I could have played with the approach of blending various shades in a 2-color palette, only with 2 different colors altogether. The possibilities are truly endless when you look at fashion in this way.

I should mention that this is also a great way to 'shop' your own wardrobe, because instead of having to go out and buy pieces to adhere to a certain trend, you can search for items in your own closet that have a particular qualitiy such as color or pattern without worrying too much about anything else.

So now comes the big exciting news, dear readers: since next month I'll celebrate the one-year anniversary of my blog, I will be presenting you with a contest in which I'll post a photo of an interior for you to use as inspiration for an outfit. The prize will be one of my handmade hats, so get your creativity working! In the meantime why not practice by using the interior I've shown today? Be sure to leave a comment if you've posted your outfit somewhere!

Hat: Alternative Design Studio
Dress: Red Dress Shoppe
T-shirt: Old Navy
Tights: Noa Noa
Boots: Fly London
Necklace: from Macy's a few years ago


Wasted Wishes said...

I really love the charcoal greys mixed with the brighter yellow-green. Such a great combination! I've never thought of using interior design as a catalyst for fashion, but I cant wait to try it out!

P.S. Love, love the blog. Great work. :)

mari said...

Love, love your blog to!!
And especially this outfit is great.
I always look for inspiration to put clothes together. I am really good in buying pieces I like, but bad in mixing these items together.
One piece I have in several variations is the typical white blouse. Any inspirations?!
(a German high school teacher)

Anonymous said...

So excited to see how this contest transpires. I am definitely guilty of taking my fashion inspiration mainly from mags and am excited to push my boundaries!

And although I've said it a billion times, Audi, you are just amazing at layering and pairing. Yet another perfect ensemble.

Anonymous said...

What an awesome interpretation! Can't wait for the contest. I need to rev up my creative juices!

Herbee said...

I lovelovelove this outfit and the colours! Fantastic! I'm excited about the contest...I just tore some pages out of Better Homes and Gardens last night to add to my home inspiration folder and I now I'm looking at them in terms of clothing styling! Coolio!

Gosia said...

love your blog,to :)

Mervat said...

Charcoal/green/grey is one of my favourite colour combinations! I will see what I come up with. It won't be easy though as you have set a super high bar!

Stephanie N. said...

I wore my "practice round" for the contest today! Here it is: http://circleofclothes.blogspot.com/2009/03/inspired-by-interiors-challenge.html

I can't wait to take on the real challenge! Can your hats fit a 22.75" head circumference? ;-)

Eyeliah said...

another great idea, definitely worth a try.

Academichic said...

Great idea in terms of drawing inspiration from all possible places and things around you! I really like how you translated it into this cute outfit! Incidentally, my colors today do somewhat fit the interior you posted - dark neutrals and shades of green, so feel free to check it out at www.academichic.com


sallymandy said...

I love how you worked this out. The room looks kind of serene and sophisticated and I had the same sense about your outfit.

I recently saw some great color combinations on Adam Polselli's graphic design website. He has some free "Get the Look" guides with fantastic ideas, most of which I couldn't wear, but still.

Vanessa said...

Weird! I was wearing the SAME color combo yesterday. :) I added a cobalt blue scarf to the mix, though, because I needed a layering element.

The green makes me think spring, and we need it up here in central NY.

Anonymous said...

It's a lovely dress!

Anonymous said...

Excellent! You gotta see my post on interior design as inspiration...Scarlett O'Hara has to be the all time winner, hands down!

徵信社 said...

I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool..