Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Black and White

Color distracts us from the shape and design of an outfit.  Seeing beyond color removes it from view.

Here are some outfits I wore this year sans color.  (That's a fancy foreign word meaning "without.") 

Stripping pictures down to b/w focuses us on structure.  What do you think of these outfits?





16 comments:

  1. You've accumulated some really cute pieces! I think you're right about color...I have found that I really prefer black and white photography. It seems to make us all look better! :) Great pictures! ~Serene

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  2. One benefit to growing up with homemade clothes is I learned about structure early! My mom would take me to the fabric store, and showed me how to choose patterns based on the line drawing on the back, so I wouldn't be distracted by the "fabric" on the cover. An early lesson was, that since we were sewing it, it could be *any* color/print I wanted.

    When it was time for prom, I drew a picture of what I wanted, chose the fabric, and Mom made it happen. I had three gorgeous dresses, and I knew I was the only one who had them!

    Ask Freeda about her prom dress with the fabric Mom got it Texas… it was DIVINE!

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  3. I love the first one! The sweetheart neckline, the skirt length - pretty much perfection on you.

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  4. Black and white is always so great. I really like how these look. The first outfit with the bustier is really cute! I like it b & w.

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  5. That's an interesting way to look at them! I may have to try that. The top two are my favorites.

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  6. The third outfit has lovely feminine flow it. I like this idea of b&w imaging, changes the focus of the outfit completely ... and sans is a favourite word too.

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  7. Oooh, I love you in black & white Ally xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  8. The first is so lovely! You are rocking that leopard to the fullest : D

    -Jaz
    http://summerlilacs.blogspot.com/

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  9. I love this concept of stripping pictures of colour to focus on structure. It allows us to focus on the intricate detailing. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! :)

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  10. I agree with lawyerdoll, it can be very inspiring to delete the color/pattern and realize more about the garments shape and structure. I always try to pay attention to how an outfit is balanced. I'm not always trying to create the *ideal* silhouette, but instead play with proportion.

    I absolutely love that first outfit. I wish I could snag it off the page, throw a leather jacket over it and wear it for my birthday. XD

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  11. Hi ShyBiker ... I see your comments on Wendy's blog all the time. I am one of her older sisters.

    I would LOVE to see you with a short funky hairstyle ... I'm thinking of one of the hairstyles that Halle Berry had.

    I think black and white photos really make you focus on what is in the photo rather than the colours of the clothes or in the background.

    I really liked the first outfit. Lynn

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  12. interesting, i like how you put it, taking colors out of the equation definitely makes you focus more on structure, and here you have some highly varied silhouettes and structures! think i like the first and last ones best :) you are beautiful!

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  13. These are some amazing outfits and amazing pics! I Love the black and white photography.

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  14. Great outfits and pics! I love b&w pictures!

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  15. The first and the last are my favorites in b&w. The first because of the way you're posed and the composition of the photo...the last because it looks like the roaring 20s somehow in b&w!!

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  16. I really love the last photo, the shape it lovely on you. You're right the black & white photos draw much more attention to the shape of the clothing.

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