“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” This line from none other than The Devil Wears Prada always make me laugh. Every spring/summer when the magazines hit the stands and the front cover reads five new trends to try this season always sparks my interest until I flip the pages and see florals, again. This year there’s a twist on things, and Duro Olowu‘s fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection is the perfect example for showcasing the mixing print trend. His collection was stunning with beautiful geometric pieces, ranging from African fabric to vintage 90’s patchwork. Olowu sets the bar high when it comes to perfecting the mismatch trend.
His collection has inspired me to start mixing my own prints. I could only dream that my outfits would be half as outrageous as Olowu’s collection, but I have to start somewhere. The ensemble I am wearing is something that I wore to class, so I wanted the outfit to be understated with a pop of colour. I focused the outfit around my patterned pants which I picked up at an H&M sale rack a couple years ago. Recently the weather in Toronto has gotten a little cooler, (what else is new?) so I paired my pants with very basic black pieces such as a plain black tee, a black leather jacket and a pair of black loafers. I’m still trying to get over my all black everything, so adding a pair of colourful pants is one step toward adding some colour to my life. For accessories I added my floral clutch; although it isn’t the most obvious choice, considering my ensemble was very fall focused, but I wanted to add some spring into my step.
Another great option for mixing prints when you’re just starting off is pairing basic patterns together such as stripes and florals. Hey, before you know it, you’ll be mixing leopard and geometric prints like a pro. It may seem crazy, and your mother might not be the #1 fan of your outfit, but it’s something fun to try, and whoever said fashion makes sense?