Snakeskin Boots. Polka Dot Maxi Dress. Vintage coat with fur lining. I’ve worn this outfit a few times, and everytime I feel like a 70s Rockstar in it. Yes, in general, it makes me want to lounge on a velvet couch, but it’s a little more rockstar than that. And a bit 70s.
Really, to me, both Rockstar and 70s involve being a bit big and a bit extra, and not being shy about it. 70s fashion at its best? Shapes, patterns, colors, and platforms that aren’t afraid to let you know that they are there. Same with Rockstars. (Actually I have met quite a few shy performers–but get them on stage? Watch out!) This outfit? While each piece is enough, and big, on its own, together they aren’t shy.
I like to think it’s the boldness that makes the outfit work.
Being big, extra, and unapologetic? It’s the best recipe for print mixing that I know of. Yes, you can mix like patterns and colors. That outfit will look great. (I did it here and love this outfit just as much as the rockstar one!) But, to really mix prints, you have to be a little daring. Polka dots and snakeskin aren’t really in the same print family. However, it works. Is it because the boots err on the side of neutral? Maybe. But loves, these boots are a bit extra in all the right ways. Does the coat balance it out? It adds texture and is a statement on its own. The magic here I think is that while no print matches, they flow. Each are bold and rockstar in their own way, but manage to share the spotlight with each other.
Print mixing can be a very specific thing. A bit rockstar. There are no hard and fast rules, so all I can offer in terms of advise is : go big. Let’s be 70s Rockstars together.
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