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What To Wear: To An Art Gallery

Visiting an art gallery is a like a licence to wear your coolest statement pieces to rival the exhibits.

Forget Monet, Picasso, or Van Gogh, this season’s art is hanging in wardrobes rather than on walls – and visiting a gallery is the ideal place to exhibit it. Avoid clichés: in other words leave the beret at home. Instead, opt for sculptural silhouettes and painterly prints.

Here’s how to look like a walking masterpiece. Just don’t upstage the art.


THE WATERCOLOUR MAXI

For walking works of art, check out Roksanda's painterly pieces; nothing makes an artistic statement like a bright, abstract pattern. This dress is captivating with a diaphanous sculptural silhouette and balloon sleeves (for an added touch of drama). The striking shades of fuchsia, orange, and yellow, are simply made for blending into gallery backdrops. Add sleek heels to dress it up for an exhibition opening, or pair withwhite trainers for back-to-back gallery hopping.

THE SLOGAN T-SHIRT

You don’t have to do pastels or prints to adopt the art style movement. Go for the tongue-in-cheek option with Bella Freud’s ‘Art Dealer’ slogan T-Shirt. Sure to cause a stir as you’re perusing your favourite pieces, this is the pared-down way to do art enthusiast. Just add a pair of chunky-framed black spectacles to get that art dealer gaze on point. Elevate this chic wardrobe staple by pairing it with a smart blazer and statement earrings.

THE MOTIF BAG

Staud's 90s-inspired accessories are on the wish list of many a Fashion Editor. These are very much modern 'It' bags – with a surprisingly affordable price tag. 'The Tommy' – hand-beaded with a jubliantly Surrealist floral design – is like carrying a miniature work of art with you.

THE GRAPHIC CO-ORD

Checkerboard prints are all over ready-to-wear and interiors pieces right now – think of it as the cooler, younger sister of Cottagecore-inspired gingham. Case in point, this psychedelic graphic knit by Stella McCartney. Constructed from virgin wool, it's pleasingly chunky and will hold it's shape wash after wash. Double the impact and make it a co-ord with the matching skirt for a style master stroke.

THE SCULPTURAL HEEL

Forget the exhibits, Yuul Yie's sculptural heels are like mini works of art for your feet. The South Korean label specialises in conversation-worthy shoes with intricate details and artisanal hardware. These Lissom heels instantly command attention with a daring neon python print, whilst the metallic sculpted heel adds extra appeal. The flattering sling back and pointed toe makes them super wearable; team with cropped denim to best show them off.

 

THE ARTY FRAGRANCE

Like a signature on a painting, the finishing touch of any art-inspired outfit is your fragrance. And what could be more apt than one of the eight fragrances from the exclusive collaboration between the Louvre and esteemed Parisian perfumer, Buly 1803. Each fragrance is based on some of the museum’s most famous artworks. Our favourite is Venus De Milo, a bright warming scent of jasmine, neroli, and amber. It's so hypnotic, you may distract from the artwork itself. Sorry about that.

Featured image: Mr Toledano

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