Obsessed with mixing prints these days. With that said, I feel like my closet just doubled.
Today’s outfit is about subtleness.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RANDA SALLOUM
In the 424 FIFTH post I talked about how the 90’s are making a comeback with neons and prints. Each season is always changing, no matter what predictions are anticipated, however, predictions are always the same each year for Spring/Summer: Florals and pinks, right? While going along with trends are fun, I enjoy constantly trying new things, that’s what fashion is about: Play with identity and having fun with your look. My number one tip is simple, wear what flatters your figure first, just because it’s in style at the moment, doesn’t mean it always looks great on everyone.
I adore mixing and matching prints, it’s an eccentric way to reinvent your personal style. Try the mix & match approach by playing with monochrome details of black and white graphics with accessories; Black and white is a timeless combination and is always appropriate whether you’re dressed up for a night out in the city or aspiring to be casually chic.
Mixing patterns can be intimidating at first, however, when you get the hang of it, you gain many new original outfits and practically a whole new wardrobe with pieces you already have. Here are a few tips to follow when starting to mix and match:
1) Always have a focus to build off of, for example a printed skirt or striped top.
2) Try not to mix more than two prints together, anything more tends to look sloppy or overwhelming.
3) Animal prints are edgy and neutral; Leopard palette’s because the colours are complimenting to light or darker shades, where zebra goes along with the monochrome theme.
4) Stripes and polka dots are classic already, but combining the two is a fun way to mix up a look, while staying elegant.
5) Accessories act as perfect baby steps into mixing and matching.
Last week Lord & Taylor launched the new line 424 FIFTH at the downtown Vancouver location of the Hudson’s Bay. Chief Creative Officer Marie Holman-Rao explained the name behind 424 FIFTH came from Lord & Taylor’s head office address in New York, how original is that?
The line captivated my imagination, there’s an outfit for every occasion, really.
424 FIFTH was on point from original prints and colours to specific garment design structure.
Breaking it down, the colours and prints reminded me of the 90’s with bright neons and summer-inspired graphics on pieces such as jackets, skirts and accessories with oceanic scenery.
While the scenic print was very popular among the crowd, the piece that stuck out most was the top with mixed prints of leopard and stripes (seen below with the blue Birdcage skirt, which was my favourite look showcased).
Another 90’s trend that is making a comeback this season, surprisingly, is matching bottoms with top prints. Personally, I prefer mixing prints for an edgier look, but I am going to experiment with this trend and see how I like it.
With energizing neon colours, there were many neutral pieces also if you’re looking to tone down the brightness.
The garment design was impressive, the talent behind the brand is visible with unique details. As mentioned, the Birdcage skirt was my favourite piece of the preview, it’s high fashion, mature and ready to wear on Vancouver’s runway everyday; dress it up for the office or style it for the weekend.
While colour and prints are always fun to play with, the design and cut of the garment has higher value with how it compliments your body with fit. ‘Popularity’ among colours and prints are always changing with seasons (and most of the time while the season runs it’s course), however, a flattering piece is timeless.
In all, big fan of the 90’s comeback- welcoming a very exciting Spring and Summer, and in an affordable price range. For more pictures and details of 424 FIFTH’s launch tour, follow on instagram and twitter with #LetStyleReign.
Finishing the night with an Oscar Picture! Obviously necessary…
It’s obvious there has been no new outfit posts… or any posts at all lately, however, I do have some positive reasons behind the neglect of the blog!
Besides already having a heavy workload at school, I’ve taken on a few exciting projects and roles. Lets get up-to-date, shall we?
The most exciting news to announce is my new role as Fashion Stylist for Shaw’s Leo Award Nominated television show Dream Homes with hosts Bianca Solterbeck and Peter Verge! I started with Dream Homes a few months ago where I did some producing, writing, editing, etc, gaining knowledge about the industry and strengthening my skills.
Now a new chapter unfolds! You will see a majority of my styling work come up in Season 3 (I’ll be sure to keep you all informed via social media, so stay tuned!)
To describe myself as inspired would seem like an understatement. Very happy for this new opportunity and ready to get the creativity flowing- not to mention the incredible #dreamteam I get to be surrounded by!
In more fashion news…
I am in Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed Challenge! I’m having a lot of fun with the challenge and cheering on my girls that are in it too. There are three looks to vote for so far, to see the outfits and to vote click here- all you need to do is click the “hearts” on the individual outfit photos. I will be submitting more looks again!
Switching gears from fashion for a moment, I want to tell you about another project I’ve been working on with co-host, Victoria Levy. We are working on a radio documentary about RAW Beauty Talks called “Behind Reals.”
RAW Beauty Talks is an irresistible movement forward encouraging and inspiring positive outlooks on life to awaken the soul so we can focus our energy on what makes us genuinely happy.
RAW is a conversation between real women that are posing without makeup, photoshop and filters in pictures posted on the RAW Beauty Talks website.
Their mission: “Help women find a deeper level of confidence, self love and acceptance so we can shift our focus from the superficial to accomplishing the unimaginable.”
With our culture so heavily influenced by social media, while keeping up with the fast paced city, it was incredibly refreshing to meet and interview Erin and several women from the RAW Beauty Talks movement. Hearing their stories strongly puts what is “important” into perspective. I think what makes the stories most compelling and unique is that we can relate to them on some level, and with that said, shows you are not alone.
I don’t want to give too much away (I want you to listen to the documentary and to go to the RAW website!), however, I will say that it was an awakening perspective that really made me embrace more of what I have- health and a lot of love.
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” -Steven Furtick
You know that moment of discovery where you become more excited by your gem as time passes by? That is exactly how I felt with this ensemble.
Why have I not worn my boots with this dress yet?
Often compelled to wear lady-like trends, I love adding edge with something unexpected to satisfy my fashionable appetite.
I would hate to be easily predictable.
“Glamazon” boots welcomed this figure forming silhouette to daytime hours, however, still deserving of sparkle; Layering my two favourite necklaces did the trick with a messy updo.
On Twitter? Me too! @MichelleEMorton
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASIA HERRMANN