November 28, 2011

The Ram Runway: Mixing It Up

The trend of mixing prints together can turn into one of two things; a unique twist of unlikely pieces paired together, or a total disaster. In this case, it was outcome number one. Mixing items together in a single outfit that are an unlikely pairs, is becoming a very hot trend. It is a tough trend to articulate and succeed in, but if done correctly, the outfit becomes an extraordinary, surprising outcome. People have always been a bit weary to mix prints even as simple as polka-dots and stripes, but it has been proven that if done with similar patterns, colors and fabrics, the end result is genius.

This week, I was immediately captured by Andora, a sophomore at Rose Hill. Her fabulous and fun outfit consisted of many on-trend components. For one, her pairing of a skirt and tank in different patterns was a successful and edgy way of mixing prints. Andora stuck to the rules, but still had fun by pairing together the tight geometric skirt in purples and blues with a flowing white tank with geometric patterns in the same color schemes. Although the two patters were completely different, since the colors were similar and the tank stayed untucked, the pairing was impeccable. This is the right way to do it. Both pieces are great if worn alone, but together create an unexpected and innovative look.

Along with her mixing up, was a great tan Urban Outfitters jacket and lace-up boots from Aldo. I gave Andora props for braving the first really cold day of the year, all for fashion.  I admired her fearlessness in uniting unexpected pieces from her wardrobe into one amazing ensemble. She gave her whole look a relaxed vibe, with her wavy hair worn down and amazing turquoise earrings, which she said were a gift from a friend. Her long unzipped jacket showed off the outfit, while the sturdy biker boots gave the outfit some structure.

Mixing prints is not a trend that works for everyone. It is a bit risky and takes a person who is willing to take a chance. Careful planning, numerous try-on’s and advice from a friend are the way to go when prepping an outfit with mixed prints. Make sure the colors and designs don’t clash and make you look like you are heading to the circus. Stick with similar color schemes, patters and materials and you should be in the clear!

Alex Casolaro is currently a sophomore at Fordham University and is a Communications and Media Studies major. Alex is completely enticed with the fashion world and living in New York City has only inspired her more to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She is greatly influenced by photographing and documenting street style and keeping tabs on the happenings of the fashion industry locally and globally. Check out some of her posts at 

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