to my understanding, yin and yang in chinese philosophy represent opposing but complementary forces. some common examples are light/dark, positive/negative, female/male, passive/active. they are opposites, but one cannot exist without the other, and their balance is essential.
this makes total sense to me within the context of nature, personal growth, relationships, and of course, fashion. leave it to me to translate years of ancient wisdom into style theory. what can i say?
above and below are my three favorite yin-yang style combinations. i use them often when concocting an outfit and find that the pairings always make my look more interesting. black and white. tough and tender. uptown and downtown.
what makes these seemingly contrary pieces work is their relationship to each other. alone they are fine, but together and in balance, the parts become a greater whole. if you are wearing a floral dress and pair it with pastel heels and a straw hat…well, you’re look becomes syrupy-sweet and on the verge of “costume.” too much of one thing. but if you take that same floral dress, add suede ankle boots, ditch the hat and carry a clutch…well, now you’re sayin’ something. your look becomes dynamic and noteworthy. and what’s more zen than that?
tell me. what are your favorite style pairings?