STYLE GURU STYLE: Creating Contrast

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While the first looks from Mary Katrantzou’s spring 2014 collection weren’t exactly my style, I was basically in love with the latter portion of the show. The clothes were structured yet adorably flouncy, resulting in an overall look that was both sweet and strong. But though the silhouettes certainly stood out to me, the prints on the dresses were really what shined. The floral patterns bright and bold, with a three-dimensional aspect that provided an unexpected element to the drama. The colors were perhaps my favorite part, with light pastels contrasted against both fluorescent and dark hues.

My outfit today was inspired by the essence of the floral looks from Mary Katrantzou’s collection. My shorts are scattered with the sweetest of pastel flowers, which pop out perfectly from the solid black background. Although I typically wear black with these shorts, I decided to pair them with a bright green blouse to provide an array of colors as well as a simple, plain structure to contrast against the more flowy silhouette of the shorts. I couldn’t bear to stray too far my from my favorite color, so for my shoes I chose a pair of black wedges. For the final touches, I added gold accessories that were both sleek and intricate to keep the theme of contrast down to the most minute details.

Upon the first glance at Mary Katrantzou’s collection, it can be easy to get lost in the striking patterns of her dresses; however, there is much more to the collection than initially meets the eye. The dramatic florals are undoubtedly beautiful, but to me the collection was about more than just beauty. The juxtaposition of shapes and colors were the true focus of the dresses, showing how contrast is able to create excitement and newness in even a concept as simple and often overused as florals.

Get My Look: 1. A brightly colored blouse. 2. A beautifully stuctured floral skort. 3. Strappy black wedges.

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