Although spring/summer style never excited me much growing up, I can’t help but be inspired by it more and more as I get older. This year I have been discovering new and unexpected ways to mix patterns as weather gets warmer. Don’t get me wrong–it is still pretty chilly here in New York City, but in the world of fashion, spring has already sprung.
Last week I saw blogger and style icon Lucy Williams in a dress I already owned, and I thought the way she wore it was so genius. So, I recreated the look for myself and put my own spin on it.
Instead of opaque tights, like the ones Lucy wore, I decided to show a little skin with a sheer pair. The dress has a high neckline and long sleeves; to make it look cheekier, I chose sheer tights.
While I love mixing prints, I never would have thought to wear this ornate comic-print dress with patterned tights. But this cheetah pair gives it a fresh, updated (and slightly sexy) feel.
The dress itself has pops of muted blue, yellow and pink throughout, so the subdued color palette really keeps the entire outfit looking sleek. It is even more streamlined with black tights.
Other than shoes, I definitely did not feel the need to accessorize. Lucy’s feet are not visible in her photos, so I was left to my own devices when it came to footwear. Normally, I go for heels when I rock a dress and tights, but I wanted to be a little more dressed down this time around. Because this look makes enough of a statement on its own, I slipped on my Fila Disruptor II’s.
Their chunky design gives me the height boost I crave, while also balancing the busy top half of this outfit. (And the all-white colorway maintains the subtle color palette I had in mind since I started putting the look together.) Overall, the Fila’s Disruptor is a “dad” shoe that gives any outfit a boyish edge.