TREND: Print Crazy

As the weather turns from fall to winter, it’s time to put away your summery prints. Yes, that means the nautical stripes, bright florals and tie dye should take a vacation at the back of your closet while the plaids, leopard, and Fair Isle prints come out. One idea for wearing prints in a fun way during winter is to make it abstract. Yes, abstract is back!

This happy Fashionista wears an American Eagle indigo and blue abstract print tunic, black leggings, brown aviators, brown leather pointy toed boots and a black vintage cross-body bag (from her grandma’s closet!) The look is simple, except for the eye-catching folk-inspired print on top. I like how she balances a loose billowy top with tight opaque leggings. With abstract prints, the key is to use them in moderation, which this Fashionista clearly does.

Abstract prints were seen on the runways of Brian Reyes fall 2010 RTW and Just Cavalli by Robert Cavalli pre-fall 2010 recently. Cavalli reinterpreted his leopard motif as an abstract print, while Reyes used Ukrainian artist Oksana Mas to create abstract prints for sleek gray colored dresses, skirts and coats. There are many types of abstract prints, from digital to geometric, so choose one in a color or style that flatters your body type. Whether it’s a tunic or a scarf, abstract prints will definitely wake up your wardrobe during the cold gray months.

Hint: Who What Wear has a great article on the trend of abstract prints and how to wear them! Try wearing an abstract print on a loose blouse with dolman sleeves and pair with denim shorts for a laid-back hippie look. 


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