Runway to Real Life: NYFW Trends, part 2

Trend #2: Printastic

Milly, Nicole Miller, Karen Walker, Diane von Furstenberg, Suno

The idea of wearing prints head to toe can be daunting, not to mention a little fugly, if executed poorly. Stripes? Checks? Polka dots? All of it? Who’s to know what is and isn’t an acceptable mashup of prints?

The good news is that pretty much anything goes, and because of that, this is one trend that works in San Francisco’s favor. As “the city that style forgot” according to the New York Times (the publication that tact forgot), we’ve basically been given carte blanche to be our crazy selves and wear whatever we want.

Per the runway, it makes sense to keep things within the same color family, or at least the same aesthetic: lots of tiny lines, or several big bold prints. Blending a paisley top with a buffalo check bottom might be seizure inducing, but a swiss-dotted oxford with a beautiful plaid pencil skirt? Solid.

Other combinations to try:

– a pinstriped oxford and blazer, in differing hues and widths (I love a pale purple shirt with a navy blazer)

– a striped waffle weave henley under a plaid snap-front top, for weekends

– a nautical striped tee, neutral skirt, and patterned tights (for the pattern-mixing gun shy!)

– a lightly striated cardigan over a dainty floral top – it’s just the right amount of pattern and texture to be on-trend

What’s your favorite print and pattern mashup?

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