STYLE GURU STYLE: Paisley

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While there’s lots of praise for designers during Fashion Week, you never really hear people appreciating the madness and creativity that goes into runway shows. It’s the absolute art aspect of the shows that makes them so beautiful. Recently, I’ve been captivated by the Etro spring 2014 ready-to-wear runway show. It’s vivacious, artistic and free spirited. The show consists of delicate and bright paisley patterns in the forms of dresses, blouses, skirts, shirts and scarves. You don’t really see a lot of paisley in the fashion world anymore, most likely because it’s quite difficult to pull off. This runway show portrays how rocking paisley makes a bold statement. The paisley is dressed up and dressed down, in a series of both light and dark colored patterns. It’s a fresh new taste and it’s classy.

Paisley hasn’t really entered my closet too much until recently. I’ve always donned the usual paisley scarf over top of a plain top and denim, but this time I decided to go outside my comfort zone. My paisley red, layered tank top is probably one of my favorite items that has ever been in my closet. It somehow manages to completely match the deep red in my Jack Rodgers, which was a huge bonus. It’s also a new addition to my wardrobe, which made it fresh and exciting for me to wear.

I’ve always favored black and white in my clothes, so getting something with so much color was a risk for me. It basically looked like the exact same pattern of a carpet in our house and I obviously didn’t want to look like a walking rug. However, after I tried it on, I fell in love. It gave off a boho feel without being too stereotypical. The pattern was eye-catching and it made a statement without needing extra accessories. Pairing it with high-waist denim and flat sandals gives off the ultimate summer vibe look. The simple gold headwrap added to the vibrant summer feel. I basically feel like I should’ve been thrown into Katy Perry’s “California Girls” music video at this point.

I learned a lot from this runway show and through it found the inspiration to try out paisley. Never be afraid to try a new pattern or new genre of style. It can be a hit or miss, but if you hit it, then it can open the door to a whole new range of style possibilities that are fresher and more fun. Like Marilyn Monroe once said, “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Get My Look: 1. A paisley patterned tank top. 2. Cut-off high-waisted denim shorts. 3. A subtle headwrap.

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