Remember when Martin Handford created Where’s Waldo, a series of children’s books challenging readers to find a character named Waldo hidden in a specific group, Waldo’s distinctive way of dressing is easy to tell. What etch on our mind are his red-and-white-striped shirt, blue jeans, bobble hat, and round-shaped glasses that make him slightly obtuse. Actually it was after purchasing this Wonder striped t-shirt from Acne Studios did I suddenly come to the realization of this interesting point. (Well, thanks my friend Daniel for notifying me. I do credit you, by the way.)
But, yea, let’s get back to the muttons, anyway. The fact is that I’m literally not a fan of striped t-shirts, since in most circumstances, I’d go for a plain t-shirt embracing sound cutting or a printed one featuring more intriguing patterns. However, thisWonder t-shirt just makes an otherwise, for the uneven striped patches on the chest add a hue of designated quirk which is meanwhile still understated. I wear a pair of wrapped shorts as complement, while those Adriana lace-up sneakers from Acne Studios with its signature nondescript emoji are indeed eye-catchers that you might probably can’t help but leave another glance on. And with a bandage clutch from Wood Wood, the whole ensemble gets a lot less geeky in comparison with its origin. Yet it’s still very Waldo, for at least at the moment when you see this, the first two words coming up in your mindset might probably read: Where’s Waldo?
Patterns seem to surrender to the ever trending revival of minimalism, for the message is as clear as what is shown on the trend report that a plain t-shirt is what we ought to go for, while a person who gets it shall fetch himself a pair of retro-released Stan Smith or slip-on sneakers (or the alternatives: Benassi and Birkenstock for summer). Yet it’s still advisable to juxtapose different patterns and fabrics, since that’s what I’m capable of.
There was a time when I mentioned the idea “Pattern on pattern is the new minimalism“, and this outfit makes no otherwise. However, besides playing with a cohesive mash-up with the key hue navy blue, I also choose two of the flat graphic patterns that ensemble each other in shape. The Arena shirt from Jil Sander (off-seasoned) which features an asymmetric graphic print in navy blue, is in coherence with the contrasted side panels on these Prada pants(off-seasoned). Still the juxtaposition of patterns isn’t complete until thatWood Wood clutch with a navy strap is added.
Making a bland comeback with a slight tan and an outfit post after weeks of absence. Currently I’ve been thinking what summer 2014 is all about and it quintessentially pops up keywords like “normcore”, “fifty shades of grey”, “monochrome”, and “blue”, to be more specific, International Klein Blue (IKB) created by the proto-postmodernist Yves Klein.
Alas, you might definitely take it as an hue of dream when you’re going through Klein’s works in his prestigious time. He created hundreds of monochrome paintings(yes we’re talking about monochromes in the form of paintings rather than Picasso or Van Gogh), considering them to be a way of rejecting the idea of representation in painting and therefore of attaining creative freedom. That ambiguously explains the nondescript nature of IKB, or to say, your impression on this hue or people who are wearing it at the very first sight, and somehow fused with mysterious vibe.