LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Playing With Patterns

Let's Hear it for the Boys

This past weekend I attended the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and I have to admit that I found myself spending more time people watching than listening to the music. I couldn’t get past the amount of outfit envy that I was having and thanks to my experience this semester as a Style Guru, I ended up stopping a few concert goers to capture their looks. I was inspired by so many different people, such as a florist who had weaved flowers throughout her updo and a number of women wearing jumpsuits and patterned soft pants. Floral hair accessories and breezy pants are two of my favorite looks for spring, both for festivals and everyday outfits.  In my previous post I wrote about Crawfest, the annual festival hosted by Tulane, and ideas for what to wear. While I still think that Crawfest is a time to show off one’s personal style, after attending Jazzfest it’s clear that this is an even bigger unofficial fashion show for men and women.

On my way to Jazzfest, I found this Fashionisto in unique concert attire. This outfit is perfect for looking and keeping cool on the hot and humid New Orleans’ days. I was especially drawn to his interesting mixing of patterns. Not everyone attempts this trend but when done right it can really pay off. This Fashionisto kept the color schemes of his printed button-up and socks similar to make the outfit more cohesive. The black, blue and orange in his shirt can also be found on his shoes and socks which keeps the outfit from looking mismatched.

For both men and women, I noticed an abundance of hats at Jazzfest. Hats can be practical and fashionable at the same time and are a staple for all day concerts when you will be outside in the sun. This Fashionisto chose a simple pale blue snapback style hat to follow his color scheme and protect his face from the sun. I recommend this retro inspired hat because it’s good for keeping cool as well as incorporating subtle mixed patterns into an outfit.

Hint: If you’re new to mixing prints, try wearing this black and white button-up from American Apparel. Add a black and white hat to keep the colors neutral and the focus on the patterns. When tackling this trend I also try to keep one print bigger and bolder compared to a smaller and less complex pattern, such as small polka dots and large florals.

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