Scarf(e) Diem

There are many things I love about the warm season (amongst which picnics, Pimm’s, softball league, longer days, happier people, parks, blue sky, icecream, barbeques…) but, when it comes to fashion, what I really love is that it allows you to be versatile with your outfits in an inexpensive way.

Rather than buying new clothes each season to follow the trend wagon, best to buy a few cheap(ish) scarves and use them in various ways to update your style. They usually go great with plain vests and statement shades. And, if you feel a bit bolder than most, wear them on your head to emulate the 50′s or the 70′s power looks.

And because I am firm believer that the ‘Copacabana’ prints aren’t here to stay for longer than a season, I strongly recommend buying a tropical printed scarf instead of the hawaian shirt women’s magazines are raving about if you want to be part of the latest fashion craze. I personally really like the oversized scarfs from Primark – I have quite a collection at home and consider them wardrobe staples.

Source: Sartorialist.com

Source: Sartorialist.com

Source: French Connection

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Clashing prints – the new colour block?

Now that everyone seems to have warmed up to the colour block trend, looks like the world is quite ready for the next step: the print clash. It’s been on the catwalks this year and most probably will be a strong trend in the spring/summer of 2012.

Prints and textures clash is, in my opinion, an expression of confidence and when it’s right it can be really right, and when it’s wrong, it can be really wrong. It takes a bit of practice at first but don’t be afraid to experiment and soon you’ll be an artist at print clashing. The secret is to mix different prints but within the same colour range (see picture below from Graziadaily.co.uk) or similar patterns in different colours as seen on Jonathan Saunders’ collections (below). PS: Did I mention I have a huge crush on Jonathan Saunders? :)

Source: Graziadaily.co.uk

Jonathan Saunders 2011

Jonathan Saunders spring/summer 2012

Sometimes little details such as colour accents can bring different patterns together and create a harmonious result. Notice the beige that unifies this Paul Smith dress and the accents of yellow in the flowers and the polka dots, which makes it a total print clash success.

Paul Smith dress

A practical and cost efffective example of pattern clash would be this lovely aztec print River Island skirt (a complete bargain for £20) matched with this Warehouse sequined stripy tee (£40), in a black and white winter symphony. Totally financially achievable too.I would even go so far and add a colourful necklace – yellow for instance if your complexion allows it, as the one below from craftsinindia.com:

And if you’re wondering if I practice what I preach, here’s what I’ve been wearing today: leopard print dress from Dorothy Perkins with autumnal flowers and leafs scarf from Primark. It’s up to you to judge if it works :)

Thanks for reading and because I am off to India for two weeks from tomorrow I may not be blogging too much, but will definitely try to report on the trends in the subcontinent. Have a good week-end! I. x

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