A few weeks back, I wrote about mixing prints and how Fashionistas should definitely incorporate it into their own unique styles. Also within the article, I mentioned prints and patterns that mix well together such as stripes and floral. Well, Giambattista Valli’s fall 2014 couture line is the collection that backs up my statement! It’s like stripes and floral prints were meant to be paired together. When I look at the print and pattern, I don’t see any clashing or busy details. I see a perfect pair that can fit well into anyone’s style closet. Valli’s florals were excellent! To be technical, they weren’t a print at all. They looked liked actual flowers woven together to create elegant gowns and blouses. The stripes were also unique. Some were horizontal, some were vertical and others were diagonal. In a few looks, all three directions were used together. There were large stripes, small stripes, many stripes and also just one or two. I knew I was on the right track when I fell in love with stripes and floral.
My favorite stripe direction is horizontal. Horizontal stripes get a lot of negative views because they apparently make you look wider. I don’t see it or believe it. Besides, people should wear what they believe they look and feel best in. If you aren’t sure about how to pair two or more prints or patterns together, start off by finding clothes that are already mixed. The striped top I found at Victoria Secret’s PINK has tropical floral sleeves and a “frocket” (front pocket). I paired it with a hot pink pleated skirt that reminds me of my uniform at my private high school. Fashion forms from the most interesting places. I never saw our khaki and navy skirts as fashion until a genius made one in hot pink!
Take it up a notch and pair leopard with your floral and stripes. Or you can try polka-dots and even textured pieces. Just go for it, but don’t forget to throw in something metallic like I did. I’m not sure if anyone knows if metallic is a color or a print. I just know that it’s awesome and can make your outfit a little edgier.