The addition of a bold print particularly in bright colors gives an instant lift to any outfit and is guaranteed to steer it away from drab and uninteresting by becoming an instant fashion focal point. Luckily, as the season changes, prints can be found everywhere from bags, to decorative pants, to the ever-faithful outfit staple: the printed blouse. Whether you’re into a bright floral print, like this Fashionista, a stand-out shirt or something more sheer, new season designs give you plenty of options that are perfect for keeping color in your wardrobe and updating it as the weather changes.
A perfect way to style a printed item can be as easy as pairing it with a number of other trends. When it comes to an eclectic mix of bold prints, patterns and texture, this Fashionista is something of an inspiration. While her bright floral shirt is certainly a focal point, the addition of high-waist jeans and an edgy leather jacket give the outfit a more masculine, casual and on-trend look. As shown by this stylish second-year, the printed blouse is super versatile and could easily be worn unbuttoned for a more feminine look, with a skirt to dress it up for a lunch date or under a blazer for a more formal feel.
Undoubtedly what drew me to this Fashionista was how she accessorized this outfit. The eclectic look is one that can look overdone, but using the right balance of accessories gave her outfit flawless harmony. Her gorgeous tote bag was found in a vintage store and the traditional floral pattern ties in with her contemporary blouse through its burgundy and navy hues while adding fabulous texture to her outfit. The bag is a great size, versatile and perfect for college, while her necklace (a gift from a clearly lovely boyfriend) is stunning. The gold heart pendent is simple enough to go with just about everything, making it a perfect wardrobe staple. It adds just the right amount of glamour to this casual, edgy look. Finally the use of leather in this ensemble again adds texture and a point of interest through the black biker jacket and the brown riding boots. The fact that these two pieces differ in color actually works perfectly, as the red tone of the boots links to the bag and blouse while the black jacket makes the prints pop.
So as the season changes and we’re caught in the middle of a weather and style shift, bring out a few old favorites and pair them with some newer items; be sure to draw attention to a statement piece (something bright and printed would be perfect); and remember do as Coco Chanel always did: “Before you leave the house, take off one item.” Then, like this Fashionista, you’ll be sure to rock an outfit that looks eclectic and chic, rather than looking as though you took inspiration from the dress-up box.