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Long typecast as a costumey throwback to Old World farm life, a folksy block print gets rebranded for today's fashion set in a sophisticated button-up silhouette. If you're thinking it looks more milking-the-cows than creative-professional, try using the shirt as a curveball element in a polished “suit” look for work. Just pair a long-line, fur-collared vest with tailored, near-matching culottes.
Loeffler Randall bag and shoes, Topshop pants, Zara vest.
On the run after a busy day crushing it at the office? Heeled booties, an inky color scheme, and a mix of rich textures take a funky-print top from day to night.
Loeffler Randall shoes, Topshop pants, Zara vest.
Another angle to work: Emphasize the print’s alternately bohemian vibe in a tiered-ruffle dress. It's made for when you’re feeling like a free spirit but don’t want to look like you’re on your third day at Woodstock. (Semi-sheer fabric and a flattering fit are key.) Otherwise, keep things simple with a tall, quality pair of suede boots and a basic bag. Who says hippieish can’t be high fashion?
Zara shoes, Marimekko clutch.
Politics aside, the 18th-century French monarchy ran the style game in its day (see: Versailles), and the epoch’s ornately designed fabrics are still influencing fashion. A beautifully sharp contrast, black-and-white transforms a damask-like pattern into unexpectedly graphic eye candy on a cool, mesh-detail dress. Make the already modernized look pop even more with a saturated coat in a bright, showstopping color, like this gorgeous juicy orange number.
Marimekko coat, Coclico shoes.
Take a more all-in approach to color, and still get your Louis XIV chic on, by embracing an elaborate, baroque-inspired print in a rainbow of rich, fun-for-fall shades. While an attention-grabbing fit-and-flare mini-dress does its job on the dance floor, solid knee-high boots and a long, clean-lined coat balance out all that wow factor.
Pas de Calais coat, Céline shoes.