STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Prints on Prints on Prints

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When I saw what this particular Fashionista was wearing, I was in awe. I was so excited about her styling choice to wear some beautiful prints on top on one another. In this look, this Fashionista has on an architectural printed dress with some beautiful maroons and blues as accent colors, followed by a wonderful thrifted flower print jacket. I think what is working so well with this look is the abundance of color as well as the limited color. By this I mean with the matching brown ankle boots and big brown scarf laying on top of the prints next to one another, a cozy, warm vibe is present. 

As fall turns into winter and the snowfall begins to start, brigning out the big scarves is always a good decison. Not only will they keep you warm, but they make great solutions for styling ideas. 

Take an opportunity this upcoming winter season and discover new and interesting prints next time you are out and about. Find prints that  you not only enjoy, but that are interesting and eye-catching. Sometimes bold prints next to simple prints with similar color palletes are strong and can be a great decision when it comes to styling for your day. To get this look, you can shop at your local thrift store, or seek stores like ASOS or even Topshop and Free People. This particular Fashionista found her wonderful printed garments at some great thrfit stores and I think we all can agree she looks wonderful. 

So go out, get inspired 

 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Prints On Prints On Prints

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It is no mystery to the fashion elite that prints are in. Whether it is a geometric print, floral, stripes or any other print for that matter, these perplexing arrangements of composed and collected shapes are intriguing to wandering eyes as we debut our latest fashions to the streets and our campuses. Prints can be intimidating, and they should be. For someone who does not know exactly how to wear one print, two prints can seem like an extremely difficult and dizzying task. But believe it or not, mixing prints is not as hard as it may seem! These days there are so many different prints available in a wide variety of colors and numerous scales that it makes it harder for us Fashionistas to compose an unsightly combination.

This Fashionista paired prints perfectly using a vertical striped top and geometric printed pant. By using the same hue in both pieces, her look does not clash. Also, by choosing simple garments and with the help of vertical stripes, she elongates her figure. Also, both prints are not too extreme for the human eye to handle, making her outfit a prime example of how mixing prints is easier than what meets the eye. A striped shirt  is something every Fashionista should own and it works well with many other prints, like floral pants or a tapestry printed skirt. Be creative!

When mixing prints here are some key rules to abide by. First off, keep the colors in the same family. If you are going to mix colors make sure one piece monochromes into the next or that they are visually pleasing to the eye together, when they are not necessarily mixed in a print. Always remember scale and your body type. The wrong proportions can earn you a demerit in dressing, and will not make you stand out in the right way. Last but not least, follow your instincts! If you don’t feel comfortable in a combination then do not wear it. You always have to be comfortable in what you wear and make sure it defines you and only you. Individuality is a key characteristic every Fashionista must unleash, no matter how many trial and errors it may take. Prints are meant to be fun, just like you, so have fun creating your mixed print ensemble and the reward of self confidence and achievement will shine through, no matter what shapes or patterns it will be in.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Prints On Prints On Prints

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Throughout the history of fashion, there has been an enormous amount of prints that have been circulating. From animal to tribal, there have been a lot of prints that are used in designing today. However, during this past spring/summer runway shows, designers decided to change this in the game and mix prints together. I was kind of nervous about this trend until I seen this look by Miu Miu. Mixing prints is a trend that is considered fun for people who love trying new things and is not afraid to express themselves through their clothing.

This Fashionista is truly a dare devil and a trendsetter for wearing all of these amazing prints together. She is wearing a floral, lace tank from American Eagle and mini-flower printed shorts from Forever 21. Even though both of her prints are floral, they are both different sizes and fabrics which add to the mixing prints trend. Also, I was obsessed with her amazing floral cross body bag that this Fashionista bought in El Salvador.

If you are afraid to try this daring trend, take a cue from my favorite mixing prints celebrity, Solange Knowles. She mix prints without even caring if it works out or not but it always does for her. If you are still afraid to try this trend, the Refinery29 have a slideshow of mix prints and fabrics looks that magically worked. To look carefree and sensational, you can mix these shorts with this top for the perfect polka-dot and floral combo. Don’t be afraid to take a step onto the free-spirit side and have prints on prints on prints.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Prints on Prints on Prints

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Creating trendy outfits from unlikely combinations is so rewarding as a Fashionista. You get cool points for being unique and creative, while still managing to look fashion-forward. Mixing patterns is a prime example of this kind of edgy, uncommon fashion.

Although mixing and matching looks effortlessly chic, achieving the look can be challenging. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when pairing patterns. Think about the colors you’re choosing, try to stick with neutrals or have one color in common throughout the whole outfit. This Fashionista’s pieces work so well together because they each revolve around a black-based pattern. If you’re feeling really edgy, pair complementary colors like yellow and gray. Another thing to keep in mind is the size of the pattern. This Fashionista mixes small prints (her shirt and houndstooth scarf) with the larger, more ornate print on her jacket. Use a large/small variation or go small on small, like polka dots paired with stripes. Lastly, confidence is key. Make your choice and stand by it. Don’t stare in the mirror too long because you will begin to doubt your fashion sense.

What’s especially nice about this trend is you can create completely new looks from the clothes you already own. If you’re tired of your clothes and ready to make some purchases, start with a basic patterned skirt. This white and black striped skirt from Urban Outfitters is a great base for mixing patterns. Pair it with a fun colored print, like this polka-dot blouse or floral print top and you’re mixing and matching like a pro.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Prints On Prints On Prints

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Although saying goodbyes and adjusting back into campus life has me in a post Christmas/New Year's rut, it feels great to get back to Pittsburgh to catch how Fashionista/os are incorporating shiny new holiday gifts into their revamped wardrobes. It’s always exciting to see how a few weeks at home can motivate and inspire street stylers out of the typical pre-finals sweatshirt and leggings combo. With a peculiar 60 degree January day and a fresh outlook on fashion, I spotted this Fashionista soaking up the sun with a great look and pure confidence.

This week’s Fashionista dons a loose fitted flannel, breezy skirt and gray leggings with an edgy pair of combat boots. The icy blue and white of her shirt contrast the neutral gold and brown tones in her skirt. She breaks up the patterns and accentuates her waist by incorporating a brown, braided leather belt. The gray leggings tone down the clashing prints and allow the black combat boots to pop. Accessorizing with a few chunky bracelets and feather dropped earrings, this Fashionista has managed to rock the fearless print on print trend.

My favorite part of this look is not only the effortless feel of the ensemble, but also the way she mixed the print of her top and bottom. Designers and fashion experts have been presenting different variations of this trend for the last few seasons, but the spring 2012 runways delivered a true blending of prints. Designers Charlotte Ronson, Anna Sui and Karen Walker incorporated stars, plaids, florals and sheer stripes into their spring collections, brilliantly executing the trend.

The best aspect of this trend is that it truly abandons all fashion “rules” and never looks back, mixing and matching touches of geometric neon shapes, nautical stripes and leopard prints in any look without a care in the world. This trend may seem intimidating, but with a few guidelines you can be well on your way to becoming a master of mixed prints.

At first, pick prints that have similar hues. Mix this vertically stripped Topshop blouse with a funky plaid mini. The black, white and red colors will complement each other to create a more put together look. Once you’ve gotten comfortable with the idea of mixed prints, embody the fearless Fashionista I know you can be by pairing this houndstooth coat with a floral dress, opaque stockings and a wedge heel.

Step out of your comfort zone this season and sport the print on print trend to reach your full Fashionista potential!

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