ACCESSORIES REPORT: Bowling For (Pea) Soup

Accessories Report

It’s hard to count how many trendy things this Fashionista managed to squeeze into one outfit. There’s a difficulty deciding what to focus on: her piled-on yet effortlessly balanced jewelry, her whimsical bowler hat and knee-high socks or her hooded olive-green anorak jacket.

She pairs together brown and black, matches two different shades of green and balances the stern militaristic style of the jacket with the femininity of her white lace tunic. This Fashionista breaks nearly all of the classic style rules but doesn’t seem to care. And neither does the fashion world; a major trend is evoking this playful carelessness by combining items in a way that ordinarily would seem unbalanced and awry.

Breaking all of what the fashion world has formally regarded as the laws of style is, as of late, in style. Unusual and now-trendy pairings include patterns on patterns, masculine items with feminine, leather with lace and leopard print as a neutral.

Evoke this capricious look by piling on items that you wouldn’t ordinarily wear together. Throw on polka-dots with stripes, pull on gold jewelry when you’re already wearing silver and grab that black bag even though you coaxed on some brown boots earlier!

If you’re enamored with this Fashionista’s way of pulling together a look, pick up her bowler hat. Comparable lace tights are available here and similar over-the-knee socks here.

Spotted: Olive green in Nicole Miller’s 2011 resort collection and in Oscar de la Renta’s fall 2010 collection, bowler hats in rag & bone’s fall/winter 2011 collections (in both menswear and for women).


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