This Fashionista fit right in amongst the vibrant smoothie carts on Library Mall in a colorful, striped dress. A striped summer look like hers is part preppy, part retro, and completely fun to wear. When it's suddenly 80-degrees overnight, like it has been in Madison these days, you'll need to keep cool while maintaing your Fashionista status. Look to the print of the dress for this one, rather than the overall design. A simple dress with a fun print like stripes is easy to throw on and will keep you comfortable in the humidity and sun.
The stripes on her dress aren't too loud or too soft, which makes them noticeable enough without being childish. When shopping for stripes, keep the size, color, and overall mood of the garment in mind. Look for a similar dress that has just the right kind of stripes, such as this one by Topshop or this dress by Forever 21. Since her stripes are in green, blue, pink, and white, she can pull from any one of these colors to accessorize. The featured Fashionista chose to pair her dress with a beige tote and a neutral pair of heels, which is a casual cool option on a hot, summery afternoon. If you'd like to play up the accessories more and pull from the color of the stripes, try a preppy feel and add a pair of Stephen Bonanno sandals with a basket-inspired purse. Or go retro with some vintage-style accessories like this pink handbag or some unique blue heels. Be creative, be yourself, and be comfortable with whatever you chose to wear in the summer heat.
Hint: Stripes are for guys, too! Fashionistos, for warm weather look to some super cool striped TOMS or a fun tabbed T-shirt with bold stripes.
Mixing patterns is one of the best ways to shake up your wardrobe and put a fresh spin on last season’s styles. Combining different graphics, colors or fabrics adds interest to an outfit while avoiding accessory overload.
The experts agree – prints are here to stay. Luckily, conservative shapes and the right styling can suit this trend to any Fashionista. Try one patterned piece until you achieve the confidence to mix. The key is in the color; stripes, plaids and even florals can work, just stick to the same family of hues.
This Fashionista’s mixed style is effortlessly interesting. The contrast of light and dark pieces adds depth and interest to her look. Most importantly, a unifying black-and-white motif coordinates her printed top and monochrome stripes. The best part? Denim skinnies and a wool peacoat create a great mix of texture while keeping the outfit casual and cool.
Finish with basic shoes and outerwear to keep this style daring (not distracting). A black coat and tall boots are perfect accents to this mixed-up look. Our Fashionista’s perfect touch? Matching her red-hot pout to her blouse’s whimsical lip-print. Who says you shouldn’t kiss and tell?
Hint: Try mixing prints in muted colors. Layer a neutral dress and scarf to really let the patterns shine. Make this look work by keeping the extras simple – these prints do all the talking.