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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Runway to Real Life: NYFW Trends, part 1

Even though we’re just getting into beautiful warm weather in San Francisco, all the Fashion Week coverage is spurring my excitement for Spring. Sadly, the Spring in my head (Tulips! Bunnies! Satiny Shoes!) doesn’t exactly coincide with the Spring of my life (Rain! Rain! Trudging places uphill! Did we mention it’s going to rain?!) so I thought it would be helpful to put Fashion Week’s beautiful trends into context that makes sense for a Northern California lady’s lifestyle. Every damp, yet sparkly moment of it.

Trend #1: BIG pops of color (especially yellow!)

J.Crew, Badgley Mischka, Naeem Khan, Vera Wang, Jason Wu

When I think basics, I think really basic: jeans, khakis, black ballet flats or a crisp white tee or oxford. Maybe a bright necklace here or a dash of lipstick there, but basic has always been synonymous with blah. Luckily, what we’re seeing on the runway and on the cusp for next year is that ensembles can still be beautifully simple without being boring whatsoever. Case in point: using big, bright colors – especially yellow! – to anchor an outfit while still keeping it light. Instead of a bright necklace, bright pants. In place of a fun scarf, taking things a step further with a bright dress and even brighter heels.

But in San Francisco (or anywhere the weather is less than Audrey Hepburn’s perfect Paris in Funny Face), it’s hard to sacrifice beautiful heels to rain, or hide a beautiful sundress under layers of sweaters and jackets. Instead, think how to externalize the trend and make it work for you: sunny rain boots, a bright umbrella, or fun tights.