Spring Style Breakdown: Prints Clashing

by Jessie Ajluni

Prints Clashing

Today is the first official day of Spring and that means that, hopefully, the cold weather is far behind us. Inspired by the infinitely possibilities of just not dressing for pure survival, Tamu and I began to put our heads together for the very first installment of our Spring Style series. We asked ourselves: should we do florals? (I knowgroundbreaking, right?) What about stripes? Perhaps one of spring’s biggest jewelry trends, shells? Or maybe a quick roundup of ladylike accessories?

With all of these fantastic looks, how could we possibly choose? That is why, in today’s post, we’ve decided to take up the challenge to cover all these trends in one fashionable ensemble. I’ll admit, when it was first proposed I was nervouscould we pull it off? But I shouldn’t have worried with our style-savvy Chief Lover at the helm. From the next-level clash of gorgeous prints to the dainty but withanedge accessories to the crowning jewel of the most stunning shell earrings, we are giving Tamu’s look a solid 10 out of 10. So, whether you want to copy this look piece by piece or you’re just taking some inspiration for your own wardrobe, we’ve got you covered.

Prints Clashing

Prints Clashing

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Shell Earrings

From puka to conch, ever since Miuccia Prada sent these delicate beach accessories down the runways of her FW17 show, other designers began jumping on the tropical bandwagon, providing us with a plethora of beach-ready accessories that have us ready for our next vacation. But if travel plans aren’t in your near future, channel your inner Tamu by rocking these earrings with a brightlycolored floral dress. What’s the old saying? Dress for the life you want, not the life you have. Maybe those vacation days will be here sooner than you think?

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Stripe Blazer

Let me start this off by saying I LOVE a striped blazer (or really any blazer, who are we kidding). You can rock them in a boardroom or on the brunchroom, and they are a must-have staple for anyone’s wardrobe.  But if, like me, you are getting a little bored of your classic options, try spicing up your look like Tamu with an awesome print clash. The key to wearing the OTT look is all about the colors. Go for a more neutral palate for your blazer and then spice it up with the dress below. If you do want to inject some color into your outerwear, make sure it is repeated somewhere else within the look for balance.

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Floral Dress

Floral dresses go with spring like peanut butter goes with jelly. They are just one of those perfect combos that work for everyone.  If you want to mix up this classic look, we suggest going for a more graphic, stylized print for your frock. Not only will it keep you looking modern and fresh, it also pairs beautifully with the bold stripes of your blazer.  We are particularly loving this enchanting number from Diane Von Furstenberg – the perfect day to night dress if there ever was one.

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Ladylike Bag

Perhaps the ideal finishing touch to this quirky ensemble, we love Tamu’s choice of a tophandle structured bag. Not only does it provide a grounding visual point against the more whimsical pieces of the outfit, but it also manages to elevate the whole look by emphasizing the sophisticated silhouette choices. The reason that the outfit works without feeling too over the top is that while the prints might be loud, the shapes are sleek and timeless.

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Chunky Kitten Heel Pump

We know that you Pretty Birds are no strangers to our love affair with kitten heels, however, we have found a new obsession in the chunkier varieties that have been popping up this season. Not only are they super comfortable and perfect for dashing around looking stylish, but they also are super practical when having to walk over cobblestone streets or city grates. These are officially the perfect shoe for a city girl on the go. Also, for a little extra interest, we definitely suggest finding a version like Tamu’s lucite iterations.

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