I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”

If a picture is worth a thousand words, an outfit must be worth double. I’ve always loved how style says something about you without ever speaking a word.

For February, we were inspired by clothing as self-expression. Taking cues from artist studios, our stories, New (Master) Pieces and The Art of Personal Style (for women and men, respectively) are about transforming classic looks into your own aesthetic. From experimenting with pop-art colors and graphic stripes to playing with proportion, these stories are reminders that style is more than what’s fashionable—it’s about individuality and self-expression.

Always a sucker for a good quote (hey I’m a writer, what can I say?), I kept coming back to this Georgia O’Keeffe one: “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.” She may have been speaking about art, but that’s how we feel about clothes.

With that, we hope this issue inspires you to experiment with new colors and try something new. After all, there’s a palette of possibilities out there. How will you paint your canvas?

Stephanie Davila
Editorial Director at Banana Republic