Tropical Look

With spring just around the corner, it’s not surprising that we’re looking so forward to a much warmer change of weather, and consequently, a change in the trends that come with the sunny, cozy spring of 2011.

With the upcoming fashions of the new season, designers unleashed their inspiration on the runways, featuring all kinds of tempting trends and displaying a sheer exuberance of prints and vibrant colors. Tropical trends invigorated the fashion week shows with large fashion houses such as Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Dior and Stella McCartney picturing various forms of tropical prints, energized by bright, juicy colors.

Speaking of colors, the tropical jungle foliage released plenty of color ideas, from lime and darker shades of green, to bright hues of yellow, orange and blue or spicy tones of sunset pink and violet. Some of the main color trends featured by Pantone for the 2011 include the bright pink also known as honeysuckle, the winning color of the current year. In addition, yellow, orange and tropical blue will be inaugurated in the spring/summer of 2011. Add a wild print to these colors and there you have it: the tropical fashion.

What to Wear

The tropical trend is more versatile than you would picture, looking marvelously exotic and fresh on dresses and skirts, tops, trousers and jumpsuits, as well as accessories. Tropical fashions are fast attention grabbers, but if you’re looking only to accent your garment with this fun trend, go for colorful necklaces and pendants, bangles, tote bags, scarves, and don’t forget to color your nails in crazy, delicious colors.

When it comes to pairing the tropical trends with other patterned trends, you can go for animal, geometric or abstract prints. Speaking of the latter, what better way to quench down the aloha kind-of-look, if not by blending it in an abstract combination? If you’re ready to embrace such a bold trend, you’ve got to keep an eye on your outfits to avoid competing elements. A mixture of prints can work, but not many women can pull off such a difficult look, therefore you may want to mix the wild prints with a heavy dose of monochrome to quieten down a resort-like look and make it more casual.

How to Accessorize a Tropical Look

When hooked on the print, the rest of the elements completing your outfit should be kept as simple as possible, especially if you’re going for the whole head-to-toe tropical effect. In this case, a tropical patterned maxi-dress will look great with neutral toned bangles, especially if they’re made of natural materials such as wood or leather. Golden, bronze or silver accessories work as well, for jewelry, as well as shoes; gladiator sandals, strappy sandals, or platforms and pumps look better on shorter hemmed tropical attires such as printed jumpsuits, rompers or skirts.

As far as bags are concerned, tote bags or one-shoulder bags made of natural fabrics are perfect for accessorizing tropical-printed outfits. Other fashion items including sunglasses, scarves and sunshade hats will complete the look, but make sure you restrain yourself from adding too many accessories since the tropical fashion is in itself a statement look.

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