STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Mix and Match

I hope you all enjoyed a break in hot, tropical paradises working on your tans, or at least taking a well-deserved break from schoolwork for the week. Before I left for sunny Arizona, I spotted this Fashionista nonchalantly rocking one of my favorite current trends: prints.

Large-scale prints or itty-bitty micro prints, I don’t discriminate. From the ultra wearable (yet totally unaffordable) printed shorts at Jason Wu to the perfect floral motifs at Céline, awesome prints ruled the spring runways. If the Man Repeller has taught us anything, it is to not be afraid of mixing and matching prints and colors. We already know that colored denim is going to be huge this spring, but why not try something that will really push the boundaries. Perhaps pair something like Zara’s floral print trouser pants with an animal print blouse for a truly over the top statement.

If you love prints but prefer a more traditional look, follow in this Fashionista’s footsteps and invest in a print that goes great with a subtle background. This Fashionista paired her abstract printed blouse with an otherwise monochromatic look in order to let the print pop. This trendy look is so easy to recreate by simply finding a printed piece that works with black, white or other neutral colors.

Remember, mixing and matching is all about having fun! So go play with some printed pieces and style yourself in a one of a kind look. I hope you enjoyed your spring break and brought some color back to campus with you!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Let’s Mix

There once was an age-old cliché that everything in an outfit had to match. There was a pristine criticality about making sure that even bags and shoes were the same color before being married. Nowadays the rule has evolved into requiring styles to be categorized, to be pinpointed easily when it comes to how you dress. Why not break the barriers and be indefinable by mixing and matching all sorts of styles and pieces together. Clothing is supposed to be adventurous, impulsive, but still very true to your individuality. In terms of shopping, roam the whole store. It’s unfortunate to be anchored in sections where you think you’ll find something.

There is still a formula to create unity and this Fashionista hits the mark perfectly to be quirky with detail, but still be full of chic appeal. You want to look effortless and unique, not over-exaggerated and unappealing. To start off slow, find a neutral base to build upon like her black skinny jeggings. This sets a modest tone to start acquiring layering pieces like the classic striped tee that is bold but still breezy. To catch that flair, find a vibrant patterned scarf that is equally whimsical but still offers a sense of balance with its contrast. Outwear is optional but to create a discreet hush of pattern and texture, a tweed blazer adds another layer of intensity. For fun accessories, go for studded boots and flat faced sunglasses for extra cool. This look plays around with urban essentials and embraces androgynous details. For something more feminine, try a floral pleat skirt, vertical striped shirt, open toe oxford wedges, and warm color cardigan to wrap around your shoulders. Whatever you choose don’t be afraid to mix and match; you’d be surprised what happens. You’re probably the most fashionable when you’re different.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Mix and Match

Now let me start off by saying I'm not the biggest fan of this Fashionista's decision to pair this breezy dress with her harsh boots, but as separates I think they definitely work! So instead of pairing this dress with brown earth-tone boots, try a shoe with a more similar color pattern, a white oxford or yellow colorful flat. If you're wearing these boots, pair them with these black sheer tights and either this Seneca Rising Kennedy floral dress or this Vasia by Ulla Johnson Silky Lace Inset Dress. Finish the outfit off by wearing a messenger bag similar to the Fashionista here; try this leather pushlock satchel bag.

Hint: And unrelated to this particular post, but absolutely essential to your wardrobe, tucked inside oxfords over your's fall tights, are these basic print ankle socks! Don't deny yourself of them; they go perfect with hot chocolate and this month's Nylon

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