It's a street-style fave and a glossy go-to, the too-cool-to-care trend of mixing prints. There are many risky trends in the fashion world right now but mixing prints could be one of the riskiest. But when you master the art of mixing, your options for potential outfits in your closet will be endless. This week’s Fashionista is wearing a polka dotted cardigan paired with floral printed jeans. To tie in the look, she wears a relaxed sold tee. To start off, it’s nice to find a starting point whether it be a floral skirt or leopard printed blazer. For newcomers to the trend, mixing polka dots and stripes is one of the easiest ways to achieve a mixed look. Another tip is to choose a color family. Pieces from similar color palettes will help blend your prints while still making a statement. Also, to avoid looking like walking wallpaper, it’s nice to limit your mixing to two patterns—keeping in mind scale. If you’re still nervous about mixing prints, you can try a more subtle approach by mixing different textured pieces like a ruffled blouse or lace skirt. To top it off, accessorize accordingly. You don’t want to give your ensemble an overwhelming appearance, so try using sold colored items such as a clutch or a belt. Remember– just make sure, as you do with any outfit you put together, you're thinking about your silhouette and balancing the prints.
While the weather may still be delivering some proverbial winter snow showers, students here at Duke are beginning to break out spring flowers – or floral-print dresses to be more exact. Each spring, dresses adorned with pretty petals make an appearance, but this year we are seeing blossoms toughened up with black accents and utilitarian accessories. Although the look may not be as traditional or feminine as we are often accustomed to here in the South, taking an unconventional approach has never been more welcomed.
This Fashionista is certainly taking a risk by mixing her florals and stripes, but she does so in an interesting, yet tasteful way. By taking a style cue from TV style icon, Blair Waldorf, this Fashionista artfully combines two otherwise conflicting patterns. By opting for darker striped tights that match the main color of her dress, she keeps the look cohesive. Simultaneously, the gray cardigan serves as a nice neutral that prevents the whole look from being too serious. Lastly, it would be an injustice to mention the combat boots. This style of shoe has been all been the latest craze in the fashion world, and has slowly been making its way onto campus sidewalks. They act as the perfect middle ground between chunkier winter boots and summertime sandals, and are equal parts comfortable and stylish.
To achieve this fun and memorable look, look no farther than your own closet. Simply grab your favorite floral piece and neutral boyfriend cardigan, and pair it with tights that are from the same color palette of the rest of your ensemble. Chloe Sevigny’s collection with Opening Ceremony provides the perfect inspiration for this modern spring trend. For example, this Lissy Boxy Swing Dress would look amazing with these Polka Dot Patterned Tights or Houndstooth Patterned Tights, all of which are available on Shopbop.com. Of course Urban Outfitters also provides the greatest selection of spring apparel and hosiery, such as the Pointelle Tights which would easily go with darker-toned dresses.
Basic looks are always easily vamped by adding color and prints, but many people shy away from combining prints in fear of being too bold, but fear no more, prints are in!