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MASTER THE MIX
Ready to try one of the biggest, boldest trends of the season? While pattern mixing can seem daunting if you’ve never done it, it’s just a matter of training your eye to see what combinations fit together and what works best for you. Putting florals and stripes together is a popular move – just look at Instagram or Pinterest for proof – but the beauty of this trend is that it opens up so many options for a truly individual look. If you want something more distinctive, follow these tips to find a flattering combination of your very own.
Trying monochrome first helps get you familiar with rules that apply to more colorful print mixing without the added challenge of matching hues. The simplest patterns to mix are also versatile fashion perennials: stripes and polka dots. From there, you can move up to combining the same print in different scales or pieces with similarly ordered patterns and opposite base colors.
Pair up similar palettes or choose patterns that share at least one color or the same background tone. A sense of balance in the proportion and density of your print pairings is also a must, like large stripes or dots with a finer print for contrast. When in doubt, try a classic menswear pattern like glen plaid with a vibrant, more feminine print like a big floral or ornate paisley – the result can look very boss-babe.
If you’re loving the look but sweating the process, you can always let a designer do the work. Just pick up one piece that incorporates multiple prints.
In your accessorizing, a printed shoe or scarf can create a mixed look that’s easy and on the subtle side. For monochrome mixing, let the pop of a bright, solid bag or shoe take the look next-level. If your clothes have a mix of prints and colors, however, it’s best to keep the extras to neutrals, black or white. Accessories should complement your look, not compete with it.
Feeling ready to make a bold style move? Share it, girl. Get on Instagram and show us your haute mix of patterns with the tag @ExpressRunway.
If you’re the kind of guy who thinks a suit is something you leave on the hanger until the next wedding invitation comes in, the time to rethink is right now. The dressy-casual trend means there are loads of opportunities to make suiting a regular part of your style rotation (and to get a lot more wear out of an investment-level buy while you’re at it). Read on for tips on how to get on board and keep it informal.
Time to splurge on a suit update? The lighter-weight fabrics around this time of year, like cotton sateen, are great for more casual styling. Plus, neutral shades and blues are simultaneously trending and trend- proof, so it’s really hard to go wrong once you find the right fit.
The simplest way to bring a suit down a notch is a classic tee. With such high-class company, go for one that’s nicely fabricated, maybe with a longer length or a classic stripe. A more upscale option: A polo like our man Stephen Curry’s sporting. Even if you tuck it in and go fully buttoned, it just feels laid back.
Next to a suit, a blazer’s a lower-impact way to get into this trend, and new fabrications like denim and cotton blends straddle the dressy-casual divide with ease. For a basic upgrade, layer a blazer over a tee, polo or less formal button-down (something in a small conversational print will work), then ground it with complementary chinos or denim (remember, darker wash = dressier look).
GOT THE BASICS? NOW TRY THESE MOVES:
- BREAK UP YOUR SUIT. Repurpose the jacket with a linen-cotton shirt and chinos. Take the pants out for a night with a printed short sleeve button-up and slip-ons.
- GET COLORFUL. Apply these ideas to one of the bolder suit shades popping up this season, like teal or burgundy.
- LET YOUR SHOES SEAL THE LOOK. Pairing cap toe sneakers with lightweight suiting and sock-free ankles is a classic cool-guy move. With jeans, suede shoes will elevate your lower half.
- GET SPORTY WITH THE ACCESSORIES. A rugged watch, a weathered belt, some court-ready shades – all subtle but important ways to keep your look authentic.
- MIX IN OTHER CASUAL FAVORITES. Go farther fashion-forward with a blazer over a henley tee, joggers and high tops.
HALTER YOUR PLANS
Is there anything better after a brutal winter than saying hello to spring in a light, adorable dress? When it’s time to try a new one for a graduation, spring holiday get-together, wedding or other dressy event, our flattering Fit and Flare Halter Dress makes a perfect fit, so we’ve created some occasion-oriented inspo around it. Once you’ve styled your own look, show us your ideas for spring with a selfie on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag @ExpressRunway.
Graduating girls, whatever dress you choose will be covered up by a gown for part of the day. This is a moment that great accessories are made for. Think an architectural cuff and the classic cool of mirrored aviators. If the ceremony’s on a field, go for eye-catching flats (those stilettos just aren’t as hot when your heels are sinking into the grass). Going out later? A refined moto jacket is a smart investment – fun enough for parties yet fancy enough for entering the workforce.
For this occasion, we love classic fashion elements with a fresh twist, like the floral print on this fit-and-flare or a pair of heels with a neon pop. After the holiday, you can incorporate the dress and sandals into your weekend rotation, add the cover-up to your work wardrobe and drop the dangly, nature-inspired earrings into almost any look you like.
Bright blooms against a dark background, a billowy dress with a tailored top layer – this is just the kind of contrast that can make your wedding-guest look a win. Rosy accessories and strappy wedges put you right in line with big trends, plus you can turn around and wear them the following weekend with a tee and flared jeans.
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When we think about festival dressing, we always think of a favorite quote: “The rules are, there are no rules.” It’s the right place to go a little wild with your style – or a lot. Need some inspo for this all-bets- are-off occasion? Check out these profiles and adjust as needed to get the look that feels right for you.
In a sea of denim, her blues stand out. Decked out top and bottom in a denim shirt and destroyed cutoffs, she mixes washes and piles on the fringe for a free-spirited look. With the flat sandals, the shades, a button-up layer for cool desert nights and a bag that’s big enough to hold plenty of water and sunscreen, she proves this beauty comes with brains, too.
She’s never met a paisley print or feather adornment she didn’t fall for. From a simple first layer of a cami and cutoffs, she builds a bright and breezy look with a multi-patterned chiffon kimono, a statement necklace that’s made for swaying to the music, strappy flats and a wide-brimmed hat – hands down the most fashionable form of sun protection.
She wants a simple silhouette that’s weather-appropriate and easy to run around in, but with so-not simple embellishment. Enter the tank with neon sequins, the T-straps with a glittery color pop, the fringe-y hands-free bag and the chandelier earrings that enhance her every move.
Want more inspiration for the festival season ahead?
1MX TO RULE THEM ALL
When we talked with Stephen Curry about styling for his #ExpressMen campaign, his appreciation for the 1MX shirt came as no surprise. Exceptional fits, upscale details and lots of distinctive color choices have made the 1MX a standard setter for over a decade. With spring comes a range of fresh hues for the 1MX and new opportunities for wearing them. If you’ve got some big events this season, we’ve got some suggestions for how to style this button-up right.
EXTRAS: Silk tie with a new take on classic pattern, like placed plaid, Chambray Oxfords, Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
ANOTHER OPTION: Mirrored Aviators
ANOTHER OPTION: Mirrored Aviators
You want to dress up without getting too serious – a perfect moment for a tie with an off-kilter pattern and fabric lace-ups. If it’s an outdoor ceremony, mirrored sunglasses are a must for sun shielding and people watching on the sly.
EXTRAS: Narrow Linen-Cotton Tie in plaid, Argyle Dress Socks, Suede Oxfords
ANOTHER OPTION: Suede Boots
ANOTHER OPTION: Suede Boots
Pair a pastel or iridescent 1MX and a narrow tie with a madras vibe for a look that’s all about spring renewal and a refinement level that’s just right. Argyle socks give it a hint of alternate pattern and suede shoes – a must-have this season – add a nice textural touch.
For a wedding, step it up with a bow tie against a 1MX in a darker neutral or pastel (later, take on the rakish look of an undone bow tie on an unbuttoned collar). Chelsea boots are the dapper choice you’ll end up wearing all the time and a chambray accent lightens it all up – suspenders for a dressier affair, a fedora when it’s nontraditional or outdoors.
Follow @ExpressRunway for exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at Stephen Curry’s spring campaign