A lot of people seem to think that dressing simple equals tedium, but simplicity is not easy. It is moments where I feel that I am wearing ‘too much’ that I am the most uncomfortable or aware of myself. Mind you that ‘too much’ is never ‘overdressed’ though.
Too much can imply too many layers and therefore too many distortions in one ensemble. One might think of it as wearing a jumper over a shirt while sporting a statement necklace. Or a dress worn over a long sleeve top.
Too much can also mean any overdoing in the style of colour (colourblocking was great when Yves was being a cheeky revolutionist in the sixties and it should have ended there). Big splashes of hot pink can bring out the pink in any skin tone and can make you look frumpy. Pastels are always perilous and combined can look odd and make you bear resemblance to an easter-egg.
Overdressed, as explained by the Oxford dictionary, simply means: ‘‘to be wearing clothes that are too formal or too elegant for a particular occasion.’’ This refers to the occasion being not elegant enough, not the clothes being overdone. Therefore think as ‘overdressed’ as a reference to elegance, and about looking well-aware and stylish in any situation.