I'm sure you've picked up on this from reading my blog posts, but if not, here's a reminder: I love bright colors, and I love a good print!
One fashion trend for Spring 2011 that suits both bold colors and unique patterns is Tribal print. It's all over the runway. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood, L.A.M.B., & Diane Von Furtsenburg have been embracing this movement. Even celebs have been spotted wearing these bold patterns. (Check out Michelle Obama in her Tracy Reese dress!)
Across the board, tribal patterns are dynamic, and they are statement of your confidence and spunk. One thing I've noticed with current tribal trends is that the outfits are often belted or cinched at the waist. This breaks up the pattern and gives more shape to the frock.
For todays outfit, I was really inspired by a South Moon Under tribal print and lace dress. Mixing together the bright blue tribal print with the lace detail on the shoulders is a unique look that gives off both a vintage (lace), as well as a contemporary (print) feel.
I also really love the gold jewelry paired with this dress. Sometimes people have a hard time deciding between silver or gold accessories. I think with this dress, since the lace, center fabric, and tie around the waist all have a yellow-tone to them, this outfit is best accented with yellow gold.
My dress is from a boutique called Francesca's. The two things that drew me to this dress were the color and the cut. I absolutely love the one-shoulder look. It draws attention to your shoulders and neck, which I think is flattering! It's also belted at the waist, similar to the styles in the inspiration photos above. The blue color is stunning. It's a gorgeous, bright royal blue! I accessorized with a gold necklace, green & gold bangle bracelet, a gold ring. My sandals are also a jewel-tone so they keep with the gold theme!
Make it your own:
Dress: Francesca's $44
Shoes: Jack Rogers $97