STYLE GURU STYLE: Mod Summer

Mod has definitely had its moment in the last couple of years, but the bubbly color-blocking style is still an integral to clothing today. Everything from the shift dresses to checkerboard print was adopted into fashion since popularity in the ‘60s. We owe a lot to the styles of the past, but the adjustments to styles of then have been perfected with the aesthetics of now.

Rachel Antonoff’s spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection recalls poolsides of the past and vintage prom photos. The pastel toned co-ords and fit-and-flare dresses are updated for 2015 with simpler silhouettes and cleaner patterns. The pieces in her collection are charming and endearing while having a minimalist edge mixed in. The classic girl-next-door looks are softened with light fabrics, kitschy patterns and pastel color palettes, making for perfect summer style inspiration.

Antonoff is known for her use of repeating patterns and focusing on finer details in each look. When creating a look inspired by the retro collection, I wanted to incorporate similar shapes throughout. I assembled circles and ovals on my shirt, shorts, bag and necklace to recall groovy bubble patterns of the ‘60s.

My outfit consists of a cotton Topshop structured t-shirt, daisy-print neutral shorts and patent leather sandals. The kate spade patent tote matches the sandals and follows the matching required for an Antonoff-inspired look, while the hat tops the look off for summer. I added a baby blue chunky statement necklace for a dose of dreaminess to this neutral look. All you need is a neutral lip and a cat-eye to complete your mod meets 21st century look.

Get My Look: 1. A tassel top. 2. Mod patterned shorts. 3. Pastel statement necklace. 4. Wide-brimmed straw sun hat.