STYLE GURU STYLE: Playing With Prints

I love monochrome. Call me boring but nothing’s classier to me than simple, perfectly paired solid colors. However, I’m aware that each fashion season only brings more trends worth trying and this time around, I stumbled upon Rochas fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection and instantly felt inspired.

The show featured a lovely mix of textures and patterns in colors ranging from jeweled tones and deep, earthy browns to dark chartreuses and pale pinks. An homage to ’70s silhoulettes, the one trend that stood out was mixed prints. Not for the faint-hearted, Rochas displayed the best way to work the print-on-print trend without going over the top. Pairing either similar prints in varying sizes or different prints in the same color palette, the collection blended beautifully and encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone.

Channeling one of my favorite looks from the show, a jacket and pants combo, I did my own take on it, pairing a printed jacket with printed harem pants. Not wanting to look like a printed explosion, I played it safe with dark-colored prints and wore a black cropped top, to break up all the noise. A great tip for first-timers attempting the print-on-print trend: always have a solid colored based that complements your patterns to avoid an overly printed party. Finally, to add a little glamour and play off the jacket’s black-and-white look, I polished the outfit off with a braided silver statement necklace.

This collection has taught me that I can still work the print trend while sticking to my favorite dark neutrals. While bright bold colors might be too risky for me right now, perhaps that’ll be my next fashion step in the future!

Get My Look: 1. A printed jacket. 2. Printed harem pants in a similar color/pattern. 3. A braided necklace.