Several days ago, I was pleased to come across a fellow Texan on the Barnard campus. Lately I have seen a multitude of girls embracing mixed prints and I found this student to be an especially good example. Although print mixing can sometimes seem to be a daunting process, as you search through your closet for prints with similar color palates, this Fashionista shows us that perhaps shapes are more important that colors when it comes to pairing patterns.
Arguably the most interesting element of this pairing was the contrasting use of lines. In the shirt, the thin, black, horizontal lines create a kind of optical illusion. In opposition, diagonal lines in her pants merge into a grid pattern with abstract swirling detail in the center. Furthermore, the straps of the white sandals play into the sharp linearity. The shirt and pants both have similar gray tones, but it is definitely the line quality that unites and reinforces each print.
Another stellar part about this outfit is its relaxed nature, there is nothing forced or uncomfortable about it, which I think every college student can appreciate. This Texan can get away with the easygoing style while still looking put together partly due to the strong geometric sway. Also, take note of how the student tamed a billowy shirt by rolling up the sleeves and tying the front tails into a small knot that hovers just above the waist of her pants.
If you are looking to buy pieces as such, especially an oversized shirt, I’d suggest browsing your local vintage store. As for printed pants, this style is currently booming with popularity, so you would probably be in luck at a large majority of stores. Having recently hunted for a pair myself, I’d advise you to shuffle through the pajama section of some stores to find drawstring or elastic linen pants similar to these.