Friday, December 7, 2012

Prints Charming

   YSL cocoon cardigan, j.crew cafe capri, Balenciaga jodhpur booties

My love of neutrals is constant but I also find myself drawn to seemingly loud/strange/inventive prints from time to time.  While the notion of minimalism in both sartorial and lifestyle choices is very appealing to me, I can’t deny the occasional impulse or random item purchase when it just feels right. I am by no means claiming to be an expert on this subject. I think it must take years of soul searching (and plenty of purchasing mistakes) to fully understand your body, personal style, and lifestyle.  And its very likely mistakes will still be made. Who’s perfect anyways? But mistakes are minimized by critically thinking about your purchases. This does not mean you can’t have fun with fashion. You can and certainly should but not at your pocketbook’s expense. This post is rapidly turning into a “mulling/rationalizing over one’s purchases post” and I’m not quite ready for that. So back to the prints…

I’d been eyeing these pants for a little while and when the holiday sales started I snapped up a pair. I was immediately intrigued by the colors. Red is rarely a color I wear. This is not because I dislike red, quite the contrary but like so many bold colors, its difficult to find the right shade of red. Often it’s too orangey for my taste. The robin’s egg blue color tones down the red without watering down the entire print too much. Next I was drawn to the actual print – part flower power, part mosaic, part Euro-hippie. At first glance I liked the print because it reminded me of Prague and Europe in general. Now, being as I’m a shorty this pant is supposed to be a capri but lucky for me it actually hits right at the anklebone thus pairing well with booties, pumps, or flats. And the fact that’s these are 100% cotton, comfy, and look great with all my neutral tops makes this a win-win for my wardrobe.

Any prints attracting you lately?


  1. Love your blog! Great for outfit inspirations!!
    Also wondering if you'd be willing to sell your Balenciaga boots??I'd be very interested, let me know
    and keep posting ;)

    1. Hi lili haze - Thanks for your comments! I'm so honored you feel inspired viewing my blog. :) The Balenciaga boots were an unplanned purchase I scored while visiting a consignment boutique. I slipped them on and have had a difficult time taking them off! I wear them often every week and don't plan on parting with them until they fall apart. Which from the craftsmanship I don't see happening anytime soon. But I looked around for you and see a few similar pairs:,default,pd.html?cgid=SHOES10&index=44

      Good luck and hope you can nab yourself a pair!

    2. Thanks for your reply, nice of you to help me look around. I just found a pair on line but not sure of the sizing..can I request your help again on this? what is your normal size and what is the european size written on the boot? just to know if they fit big...
      I'm a little obsessed with those boots sorry!!! but I'm sure you understand ;)

    3. No trouble at all! The boots are 36.5. I'm usually a Euro 36.5/37 and a US 6.5 (sometimes 7).

      I feel these fit true to size and as they are calf leather, these will mold and stretch a little to your feet. Also, this style is fitted almost like a glove but not restricting. These booties hug your feet and are very comfortable but are a little bit of a struggle to get off and on due to their "suction-cup" like feel. But they are well worth the effort as they are so well made and in my opinion quite timeless.

      Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions :)

  2. I feel the same way, it's hard not to be drawn to bold prints, although I suppose how they mesh with your wardrobe is another matter altogether. Anyway, LOVE the cafe capris, they make your legs look super long! x

  3. Haha, I'll take any (comfy) trick in the book to look taller! You would rock some printed pants yourself, especially with your ultra-cool black boot collection. Happy Holidays and thanks for commenting!