STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pattern Party

Style Advice of the Week

If I were given the chance to attend any runway show, I would likely choose Mary Katranzou. As someone who loves pattern and saturated color, I would jump at the chance to watch her designs come to life, especially in last spring’s collection, which seemed to feature every color and pattern combination known to fashion. I was thrilled when I realized that the trend had continued through this spring, from the colorful mixed prints of Proenza Schouler to the graphic neutrals of Vivienne Tam.

Today, as Providence was graced with balmy temps in the mid-forties, students were coaxed outside without bulky winter gear. It was an exciting chance to show off cool spring prints that had been tucked away in the back of the closet. Case in point, this Fashionista, whose eye-catching mix of geometric prints and a floral maxi skirt were perfectly suitable for the oddly warm yet barren January landscape. Despite its neutral, gray-and-tan-meets-black, vibe, splashes of color found their way into in her drop earrings and long cardigan.

Milder days like this are a great opportunity to kick up a geometric patterned cardigan with a fun spring maxi skirt culled from the shelves of the Salvation Army Store. Don’t be afraid to toss in bold jewelry, like tri-color chandelier earrings. I look forward to the time of the semester when we can wear outfits like this for days on end, but for now, it’s time to enjoy the pseudo-spring that has opened up the possibility for pattern on pattern.

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