STYLE GURU STYLE: Pleasantly Patterned

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If there is one runway show to describe the essence of summer style, I would definitely say that it’s the Mara Hoffman runway show for the spring 2014 collection. Throughout the collection, there’s a theme of tropical and bold colors and patterns. What makes this collection unique from others that use bold colors and patterns is the constant long silhouette of the ensembles. Maxi dresses and long pants are a persistent theme in this collection. Typically, I am not the first person to rave about patterns, but this collection proves how wearing one larger, vibrant piece can perfect an ensemble without going over the top. Although the vivid appearance of the collection may appear complicated at first, Hoffman’s collection proves that there is simplicity even in the most striking patterns.

Today, I decided to do the unexpected — for me at least —and throw some pattern into my style. Like the styles in Hoffman’s runway show, I chose to go with a maxi dress with a boldly colored patterned bottom and a black top. Throwing in the black top tones down the vibrancy of the rest of the dress a bit. Since the dress was bright enough on its own, I stuck with subtle black details when accessorizing the rest of my outfit. I added a black and gold statement necklace and simplistic black heeled sandals, as they are both unique yet they do not detract from the centerpiece of my outfit: the patterned dress.

This spring show inspired me to wear colors and patterns more often. Originally, I thought that too many colors and patterns would be overwhelming. However, with a few carefully chosen pieces, patterns can actually go a long way. From this point on, I will definitely be trying to put more pattern in my life!

Get My Look: 1. A bold patterned maxi dress. 2. One piece of statement jewelry. 3. Simple black heeled sandals.

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