Having done the matching florals this season I thought I would do clashing ones this time. I've realised I did something similar last year in posts contrasting matching floral prints with clashing ones. And then I began to realise with a sense of rising panic how quickly the year seems to have raced by since then! Arghhh!
And yet, comfortingly, floral prints, either as matching or clashing sets, have prevailed as a fashion idea. Maybe time went by so quickly that all the fashion designers just had to whip out the same old idea for yet another season. I for one am quite happy they did! I'm proud to say I've actually avoided wearing all black for some time now and the florals craze is allowing me to dress like a kind of mad Frankenstein botanical experiment all summer.
I have to say it is quite mood changing to dress like this, there is no safety net of blending in with black on black or neutrals. You expect people to look, sometimes twice and sometimes not very approvingly. But sometimes they do actually smile. I would not, repeat NOT, try a look like this at work (unless you work for an über creative industry), but it sure is lots of fun for the weekends.
The trousers are from the Mary Katrantzou for Topshop collection and I do love wearing them, the swirly blue, black and white reminds me of the patterning on those Chinese ceramic vases from the Ming dynasty. I usually wear a plain tee and jacket with them to allow the print to stand out on its own, but this time I decided to provide some stiff competition in the form of a psychedelic, floral print, neoprene biker jacket.
Oh yes! Neoprene! The only other time I've donned neoprene is to go deep water snorkeling. So wearing it as fashion item is a bit of novelty. Boy is this thing the best to cut out the wind chill factor. I've seen a few interesting uses of neoprene as a material in fashion collections over the last couple of years that piqued my curiosity about its wearability out of water and I must say, it's very comfortable on a cool day when you need the warmth of a jacket and it looks fabulous printed.
As I'm probably visible from outer space in this outfit I shall be joining the ladies over at Not Yet Dead Style for Visible Monday, and I'll also be linking up to Monday Bloom at DC's.
Have a great week all!
Trousers: Mary Katrantzou for Topshop; White Tee: Cos; Printed neoprene biker: Clover Canyon; Ballet flats: Dune; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs