From traditional Indian silk sarees and intricate Persian jewelry, to psychedelic '70s blouses, paisley has travelled oceans and eras into 21st century America. I’ve often steered clear of the bold print for fear of blending into my grandmother’s wallpaper, but this fall feels like a great opportunity to experiment with an unfamiliar textile.
The highlight of Rag & Bone's thick embroidered patterns, Emilio Pucci’s ethereal silk designs, Marc Jacobs tailored textiles and Carven’s psychedelic swirls, paisley is no rookie when it comes to the runway and is adaptable in both its fabric and shape.
Inspired by the Summer of Love, this Fashionista opted for a bright, calf-length paisley skirt, a Beatles tank top tucked in and cinched at the waist and a brown braided belt. The ethereal silk texture balances out the intricate print of the skirt. Go with light fabrics with paisley print; because the print is so bold, opting for a lighter fabric keeps the look feminine and casual. Mixing paisley with other prints requires both stylistic technique and boldness. For a similar look, try this Forever 21 Paisley Print Skirt with Belt and Title Unknown La Lune Foiled Muscle Tee.
For fall, pair a paisley print with a nude bootie, like a suede Chelsea boot. For the really adventurous, pair tough Dr. Martens with a bright pant, like these Blank NYC Skinny Ankle Jeans in Rising Sun. While a head-to-toe paisley look may not be to the likes of all Fashionistas, accessorizing with paisley can be just as adventurous! Opt for a Vera Bradley wallet with the traditional preppy paisley or for a weekend getaway, go with a large duffle.
Paisley is so diverse that it can sometimes be overwhelming finding the right print. The key is adapting this unusual print into your personal style and rocking it like it is 1967. Whether delicate swirls in pastel colors or bold teardrops in bright hues, I’m crazy for paisley!