There is a special place in my heart reserved for designers who expertly mix bright prints with unabashed aplomb. If Peter Pilotto’s name didn’t come close to topping that list, well then, what kind of Fashionista would I be? This week’s outfit inspiration was drawn straight from Peter Pilotto’s spring 2014 ready-to-wear show. Look 12 especially captured my fancy. The graphic cropped button-down, with its exaggerated, wide sleeves, packed a powerful visual punch when paired with the coordinating abstract, blue floral skirt. I immediately set out to produce a similar look for this week’s STYLE GURU STYLE article.
I couldn’t find a top that fully satisfied my flared-sleeve craving, so I decided to make my own out of a large, vintage striped men’s button-down. After a few minutes spent snipping myriad inches off the sleeves and hem, my DIY button-down crop top was ready to go! Next, I slipped into a pair of light blue rosette-printed skinny jeans to channel Pilotto’s azure floral-printed skirt. As for footwear, I noticed that Look 12’s model, Maria Loks, wore flat, neutral-colored leather sandals. In the absence of those, I settled on a pair of my favorite fold-up leather flats in a nice desert sand color. The crocodile print added some fun extra texture. I wasn’t sure if the model’s nude sandals actually had metallic aquamarine accents at the toes or if it was merely a trick of the light, but nevertheless, my flats’ turquoise soles added a subtle, colorful touch. As far as accessories go, if you’ve been following my posts for a while, then you already know the drill: classic black sunglasses and a sturdy, neutral-hued leather bag.
This outfit was a fun experiment in juxtaposing silhouettes. Sure, I wasn’t quite as bold as Peter Pilotto, who paired voluminous sleeves with an ample skirt on the spring 2014 ready-to-wear runway. But I did venture outside of my comfort zone to try out a billowy, cropped button-down with larger-than-life sleeves. And guess what? It turned out to be the perfect top to beat the summer heat.