I’m sure you’ve seen the whole capsule wardrobe thing. You know, buy these tops, those bottoms and that pair of shoes. Get minimal, streamlined basics that mix and match, simplifying shopping and dressing. It’s intriguing, for sure.
But it doesn’t leave much room for playfulness, or for those occasional wild flights of frivolous improvisation that makes clothing less a commodity and more a means of expression.
On the opposite end of the clothing spectrum from the capsule wardrobe concept we have the Style Eccentrics. They are sensual extremists; they go for maximalism, fantasy and wild impracticality.
Here is a gallery celebrating 100 years of over-the-top ladies. Channel your inner Iris Apfel, pour yourself an absinthe, curl up next to your pet cheetah and have a look at these sartorial creatives.
Marchesa Casati, heiress, muse, and art patroness
(As an aside, who knew those were career options?):
Nancy Cunard, writer, heiress and political activist:
Peggy Guggenheim, art collector, bohemian and socialite:
Yma Sumac, Peruvian-American soprano:
China Machado, fashion model, editor and television producer:
Isabelle Blow, magazine editor and muse of a hat designer:
Eryka Badu,singer-songwriter, record producer and activist:
Bjork, Icelandic singer-songwriter and actress:
Lisa Eisner, photographer, writer, publisher and jewelry designer:
Catherine Baba, costume designer, art director and stylist: