Style Advice of the Week

Intricate and baroque patterns have been trending as seen in the Dolce&Gabbana fall 2012 collection and in the Emilio Pucci spring 2012 collection. This week’s Fashionista took a whirl with the popular trend by choosing a paisley print to add some drama to her outfit. She paired the light brown paisley pants with a loose white quarter-sleeve top along with gray wedge booties.

Originated from India and popular during the psychedelic hippy years of the late 1960s, the paisley design is a detailed and artistic one that's hard to ignore. This design in bright and exotic colors is perfect for spring, yet it’s also appropriate and still eye-catching in more neutral or demure colors for fall, such as this Fashionista’s trousers exemplify. Its green accents and elaborate pattern inevitably make a statement without being too loud. Taking note from her, make sure to balance the whole outfit by contrasting the paisley with a casual solid colored top to avoid the overwhelming look of print overload. The white top makes the pants the star of the outfit and prevents it from looking gaudy.

Paisleys are no longer something you find in your grandmother’s closet. They've been updated to fit contemporary shapes and garments to bring some bold vintage flair. If you need to add more prints to your wardrobe, opt for these ornate teardrop designs for a modern-day flashback. Check out my top picks of the week for more paisley options.

ASOS Cropped Pants in paisley print from ASOS: Be classy with these white and blue paisley cropped trousers, which you can easily dress up or down.

MOTO Floral Paisley Hotpants from Topshop: Pair these shorts with tights and a chunky sweater for the perfect autumn look.

Paisley Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans from Paige Denim: Your essential skinnies with a twist. The soft green color and subtle paisley design is great for fall fashion.


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