It feels like Fall Fashion Week was just here, but already designers and celebs alike are flocking back to the city for the upcoming shows and glam after parties. I always feel a surge of energy around this time of year that spurs me to dress a little bolder and get creative with my outfits. When you think of clothing as a vehicle for self-expression – instead of a functional necessity that prevents you from getting arrested in public – suddenly you’re an artist and your body is the canvas.
Eclectic mixes are the best kind come this time of year. If two pieces in your wardrobe absolutely don’t go together, this is the week when you damn well better put them together. Stripes are one of the most timeless patterns. I’ll bet you could find at least one photo of every major muse, from the 50’s through today, wearing stripes at some point. There’s a reason they’ve been around from Lauren Hutton to Lauren Conrad. But when you put striped separates together, you fuse a classic pattern into an edgy combination. Game changer.
I recently hit up Mango to shop the mad sales they’ve been having, and I came away with several new separates. They were full price though…story of my life. This black and white striped sweater immediately caught my eye because it’s bold and versatile at the same time. Do you guys think I could sneak into a football game and start reffing? Me neither.
I also really vibed with this wildly patterned maxi skirt. Skirt season is right around the corner, and the maxi is an ideal way to swing into spring. You can pair them with sweaters (à la me) or a graphic tee and moto jacket for effortless style. I love that you can rock basically any kind of shoe with them as well from feminine stilettos to sporty sneaks.
I wasn’t exactly expecting to put the two together until I suddenly felt an urge to be eclectic on my way into the office. The stripe on stripe look makes a bold, but playful statement. I like the way each piece has the same black and white vertical stripe pattern, but the emerald green and diagonal stripes of the skirt cleverly interrupt. To top things off, I strapped my Prada bag around my waist for hands-free style. The black Givenchy boots and mirrored sunglasses (similar) ground the look with a little bit of hardware.
If you’ve been curious about mixing patterns of any kind, whether it be stripes on stripes, polka dots on polka dots, or camouflage and florals, I say go for it. Fashion is what you make it. So why not make it fun?
Photography by George Elder