By Jenn Bussell
The best line of this past Sunday’s Academy Awards was by far Zach Galifianakis’ answer to the question, “Who are you wearing?” In a word, “Garanimals“. For those unfamiliar with the term, Garanimals is the name of a children’s clothing line, which launched in 1972 and re-launched in 2008. Each item of clothing features a hang-tag showing one of several anthropomorphic animal characters, a.k.a Garanimals. If you match clothes via their hang tags, you have an outfit!
It reminded me of all the times my friends have lamented they wished Garanimals made clothes for adults as it would make getting dressed so much easier. I always remark, “They do!” Only the brand isn’t Garanimals. It’s now the likes of Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and The Limited.
This is in no way an insult to those retailers; in fact just the opposite. Creative Directors at these stalwart labels have – season after season – envisioned innovative ways to wardrobe work-centric men and women without inducing fashion agita. Their lines always apply the latest trends in colors and patterns to classic shapes, making them the perfect go-to pieces for the new careerist.
The key to creating a Garanimals-inspired look is simplicity.
Start with a single piece…a button-down, or blouse in a fabulous color that makes you smile. Add separates in tints and shades of that same color to create a look that’s inherently monochromatic, yet quite sophisticated at the same time. Helpful hint from the color-wheel: ‘Tint’ is a base color + white for increased lightness; ‘shade’ is a base color + black for decreased lightness. For example garnet is red with the addition of black; rose is that same red with the addition of white.
Check out the style sheet below for ideas on how you can easily build a chic, micro-wardrobe as easy as 1-2-3.