Miu Miu blazer, Ganni skirt, Zara sleeveless turtleneck, Danse Lente handbag, Celine earrings and Balenciaga pumps.
Fall/Winter 18/19 is all about strong graphic prints; the big cats, the zebras, the reptiles, the flora, the tartans and the ubiquitous logos. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen (specifically Andrew), your friend here is living her Her. Best. Life. And, this is a great season for my wardrobe heroes. Take this Miu Miu checked blazer, it is currently my second skin. It somehow works with every single look that I put together. Maybe it just works with the 70s style palette currently dominating the scene (and my closet). Or maybe it’s just that good. Roomy with boxy shoulders, a veritable 80s throwback (but refreshed), it manages to frame the ultimate FW18/19 silhouette. I can’t say enough how much I love finding a piece that gives so much in terms of wearability and style. Get used to seeing it a lot this season – I’m on outfit 152.
Silk skirts are also headlining their own show. By now we know that they truly look good with anything; trainers, kitten heels, cowboy and combat boots. Long gone are the days when they were restricted to eveningwear. For the past few seasons, brands like Raey and Realisation Par have been offering versions so good that they’ve become essentials in many of our closets. If you love the idea of wearing your lingerie on the outside, then opt for a fun print, like the Ganni skirt that I am wearing here.
And this is the moment where you go full on print. Luckily for all of us, there are endless ways to embrace the print life. If you are a minimalist, imagine how gorgeous you would look in a single piece; a dress, top, skirt or trousers styled with a solid item. If you are more adventurous, you can mix up your prints. One of my favorite takes on the trend right is multiple pieces in the same print styled into one look. Checks on check, animals on animals or straight up flower bombs.
Anum Bashir of Dessert Mannequin in Lagos for Fashion Week.
Another favorite is the maximalist spin where you just mix-n-match all of the prints in your closet, the more haphazardly the better – if that’s your thing of course. Anum Bashir nails this approach while in Nigeria for Lagos Fashion Week in a Chloe blazer, Veda Skirt, Tohum necklace and Gucci loafers.
If you are brave, but maybe not quite that brave, create a look like I have done here by mixing prints in the same tonal family. You’ll be grabbing satisfying glimpses of yourself in the mirror all day long – ain’t nothing wrong with a little vanity.
So, Pretty Birds, will you be giving me some print love soon? Hit us up on Instagram with your lewks!