There's a trend that's been hitting the streets like a storm, but I'm not talking about weather-related forecasts. “Print on print on print” is the phenomenon responsible for making my eyes race. This week's Fashionista rocks it with ethnic-infused prints in bright summer colors. Just looking at the intricate prints makes me feel like riding a roller coaster. Can you count how many colors Pat is sporting?
Name: Pat Vasquez
Major: Clothing Technology
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?
Pat Vasquez: Laid back, and I guess a little bohemian. I prefer to wear loose silhouettes in comfortable, breezy fabrics apt for the year round tropical weather. I am attracted to colorful, detailed and printed apparel, especially if they are unique and one of a kind.
CF: What is currently your favorite trend?
PV: I have always had a penchant for prints, patterns and little details, which is why I can say I am enjoying the current trend that is the tribal or ethnic prints. Since it has become famous these days, there are more ethnic, indigenous fabrics and prints that are being brought to the spotlight. Together with this, the tribes and ethnic groups are given more attention, especially with regards to the conservation of their culture, and I think that is a good thing.
CF: If you could raid another person’s closet, whose would it be?
PV: Probably Erin Silver’s, of the show 90210. Or Ivy Sullivan’s!
CF: If you could whittle down your wardrobe down to five items, what would they be?
PV: Shorts. Loose white top. Flats. Colorful ethnic bag. Lots of bracelets.
CF: Do you have any style rules to live by?
PV: I don’t really have any strict rules when it comes to the way I dress up. I usually choose the pieces depending on my mood, and probably the weather. I just always make it a point that I feel good and comfortable in what I’m wearing. I like how Gillian Zinser describes her thoughts on fashion when she says, “I wouldn’t say I take fashion very seriously. I just look at it as another daily form of self expression to have fun with. I find inspiration in my moods and throw on what makes me feel good.”
How To: To steal her style, you'll need pieces with intricate or abstract prints. For starters, this crop top has a perfect ethnic vibe. You can use this graphic printed silk blouse as a cover up, or wear it alone as a top. Then pair it with paisley printed shorts for a quirkier look, or with denim jeans in a light wash for a more casual look. Then accessorize with more prints — an embroidered bag, a silk twill square scarf, and multicolored bracelets.