When wearing all-over prints, it’s a fine line between looking glamorous and looking like grandma’s couch. But it’s actually not that complicated. The key? Choose sophisticated prints in modern silhouettes that suit your body type. We’ve found four matching sets, and added some coordinating garments to show how versatile these printed pieces can be as separates. Look #1: The Deconstructed Dress Palm jacquard tee, Topshop ($130); Palm jacquard midi skirt, Topshop ($170); Black leather skirt, Avenue 32 ($598 on sale); High-waist jean shorts, Jolly Chic ($22.99) Buying separates instead of a full dress can be more figure-flattering, as you have more control over fit (it can be more cost effective, too). For a sleeker look, pair the top with a leather pencil skirt and strappy high-heeled sandals, or dress it down with high-waisted shorts and espadrilles. Look #2: Crop Tops Taffeta Picnic midi skirt, Topshop ($190); Taffeta Picnic crop top, Topshop ($76); Iris crop top, Abercrombie & Fitch ($17.10 on sale); Short-sleeve Pima tee, L.L. Bean ($17.99) This set’s longer crop top shows just a sliver of skin, giving your eye a break from the bold pattern. Show more skin by swapping in a shorter lace top and wedge sandals, or less with a black tee and canvas sneakers. Look #3: Classic Cuts Charley pineapple sweater, J.Crew Factory ($34.50 on sale); Printed stretch chino short, J.Crew Factory ($49.50 on sale); Pineapple collector tee, J.Crew Factory ($34.50); Cropped jersey top, H&M ($6.95) The simple tailoring of this sweater and shorts keeps the pineapple print from being too sweet. This also makes it easy to separate the set: double down on the ‘apples by half-tucking this printed tee, or mix prints with a striped top. (Read more tips on mixing prints.) Look #4: Back to Bed Animal-print top, Zara ($29.99); Animal-print trousers, Zara ($29.99); Skinny low-rise jeans, H&M ($9.95); Neon jacquard-weave skirt, H&M ($49.95) Wearing pajama-inspired clothes may not feel chic, but this animal-print set looks quite sophisticated with some black-leather Birkenstocks. Even more surprising is this bold print’s versatility, as it pairs equally well with dark-blue skinny jeans or a neon miniskirt.Read More
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He may have left office in 2006, but The West Wing’s President Josiah Bartlet remains one of pop culture’s favorite presidents. And what better way to salute the fictional commander in chief than by throwing a West Wing–themed party, complete with a table so befitting of the iconic show, it just might put a smile on Toby Ziegler’s perennially anxious face. Greet guests at the door and invite them to “walk with you” into the dining room where they’ll find a blue-striped tablecloth and plates that came straight from the White House (the gift-shop wing). Fill glasses etched with the logo of President Bartlet’s favorite team, Notre Dame, with a drink poured from a lemon-shaped pitcher inspired by “Lemon Lyman,” the fictional fan blog about Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman. Instead of inviting press secretary C.J. Cregg’s pet goldfish to the table, fill a goldfish-printed vase with flowers. After that, the only thing left to do is put on a Gilbert and Sullivan record and wait for someone to burst into a rendition of “The Jackal.” 1. White House plate; The White House Gift Shop ($16.95) 2. Notre Dame glass tankards; Groupon Goods ($26.99 for two) 3. Hand-painted goldfish portrait pencil box; duckdrakestudio on Etsy ($35) 4. Figural lemon pitcher; Sur la Table ($16.99 on sale) 5. Blue stripe tablecloth; Meri Meri ($9) 6. USA-shaped cutting board; AHeirloom ($48)Read More
It holds your keys, your cash, and your lip balm. It probably complements your shoes or your belt. But if your purse looks like a purse, you’re missing out on a trend that’s gaining momentum: handbags made to look like anything but. This season, you can find a purse shaped like a snack, an animal, or even a piece of machinery. To ease into this quirky trend, let the bag be the focus: pair it with an outfit composed of solid colors and sleek lines, such as jeans and a button-down. 1. Grand Tour Wicker Camera; Kate Spade ($178, on sale) 2. Feline Bold bag; ModCloth ($59.99) 3. Gummi Bear clutch; Charlotte Olympia ($797, on sale) 4. Queen of Hearts clutch; Urania Gazelli (price upon request); similar style available at Anthropologie ($998) 5. On the Prowl handbag; Mary Frances ($308) 6. Wireless clutch; Charlotte Olympia ($597, on sale) Check out more clutches at ideeli.Read More