Many of us are fully aware of the exhaustive list of fashion dos and don’ts: never wear white after Labor Day; your belt must match your shoes; don’t you dare pair your silver bracelet with your gold ring. But aren’t rules meant to be broken? I mean, we aren’t going to be locked up for committing a fashion crime. Take the ever-eclectic Helena Bonham Carter, though she was harshly chastised by Fashion Police’s Joan Rivers for wearing mismatched—one green and one red shoe—to the Golden Globes, her questionable fashion choice was at least derived from a place of inspiration. For Helena, “Fashion is all about putting unlikely things together.” Even for supreme Style Gurus like Marc Jacobs, he finds “Beauty in things that are odd and imperfect—they are much more interesting.”
Luckily for us style admirers, what’s on-trend for summer 2013 tends to bend the rules of fashion, allowing for a new wave of discovering perfection in the once imperfect ensemble. I spotted this Fashionista rocking a frock that included mixing and matching a bold black and white stripped crop top with a delicate floral skirt. She completed her effortless look with black peek-a-boo sandals, a black cross-body purse and a chambray shirt.
While the current trend of wearing mismatched prints is risky, if done right, it’s so right. Similar to this Fashionista’s garb, the key for a foolproof pattern and print combination is to pair your standout piece with a neutral item in your outfit to avoid clashing. To get this Fashionista’s look, use a black and white stripped shirt as the anchor to your ensemble, and pair this neutral item with floral pants or skirt.
Whether you’re a rule follower or breaker, summer 2013 is all about having fun and bending the rules of fashion. Remember to interpret the trend, unveil new sources of inspiration and never be afraid to push the sartorial envelope.