09 2 / 2012

Fighting colours, or friendly tones? Just matching contrasts!

In 2009, when I had already left Italy for good, I started noticing that fashion in OZ is totally different. I used to live in a village outside of Milan; I remember that, if I was to go out and by some bread I would put make up on, smart clothes, and nice shoes.


Everyone in Italy is obsessed with the way the look and with fashion. That’s because, thanks goodness, thousands of little fashion companies still design and produce great apparels. Here, outside of Sydney, people are relaxed, which is good… well, maybe a way in between would be fine. But who cares?! As long as people are happy.

Anyway, in 2009 I started to keep an eye on Italian and European fashion, not to stay backward. I noticed that shirts with contrast were starting in male apparel. Now they are sold everywhere (there) and I LOVE THEM. 

It’s 2012 and they are starting to be present here too… some.

Blue shirt with paisley contrasts

Anyway, contrasts on shirts are  fresh and IN and make you look cool, different, unique!

When I wear my contrasts shirts I always get nice praise from people “Nice shirt! Where didi you get it? I bet you can’t find it here!”. Well, you can, form Camixa or looking in some chic boutique.

Contrasts are generally on the collar and cuffs: some times they are on the , placket or on / under the eventual ruffles. 

The most common contrasts shirts are black and white, or better, white shirt with black contrasts; but we are talking about BW some other times. There are also tone on tone contrasts (using different fabrics) or, bold contrasts, can come from different fabrics and different colours.

Shirt with tartan contrasts

Contrasts can be done with 2 different solid colours, but they generally are made of solid/prints or prints/prints.

pin striped shirt with beige contrasts

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