Photo Find: Asymmetrical Styling

From time to time, I come across a photo of an individual styled so beautifully with jewelry that the photo deserves comment and another admiring look.


This post’s photo comes from the August 2009 issue of Glamour magazine, featuring the lovely young singer Taylor Swift. She appears on the cover, but it’s the photo on the table of contents page that caught my eye.



Swift wears an asymmetrically ruffled short-sleeved blouse by Dolce & Gabbana, the neckline of the blouse creating a slightly askew vee shape. She is cleverly styled with what appears to be a pair of pendant necklaces by Jennifer Fisher, the shorter one lining the inside of the vee (you’ll recall that this is a trend in necklace placement) with the star pendant falling right at her first balance point. The chain of the longer necklace cleverly falls along the ruffle on the blouse, emphasizing the diagonal line on which the ruffle lies.


The asymmetry relates not only to the side part in the long waves of her hair, which is her dominant feature, but also what appears to be the slightly asymmetrical curve of her smile.


Notice also the pair of mismatched bracelets, a bold but not overly large cuff by H. Stern and an elaborate bracelet of what appears to be gold and crystal from the designer line Janis by Janis Savitt. The plain cuff is matched with the plain side of the blouse; the crystal bracelet with the ruffle. And the crystal elements of the bracelet on Swift’s right wrist pick up the exuberance of her hair.


Here’s a great example of mismatched elements working together for a sophisticated and highly appealing look that emphasizes the creative asymmetry of the blouse and flatters the wearer.

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