Sep 082012
 

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Photos: Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW; Courtesy of vogue.com

The game is on: Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear collections (all the collections can be pre-ordered here) are intensively blooming in Lincoln Center right now. You might think the same thing: what are the key elements displayed on the runway that we can incorporate in our everyday wear? What pieces we can start to buy ahead accordingly? To answer the questions, I want to dedicate the following posts to the NYFW, especially the elements and style tips I captured on the runway. Hope can give you (and myself) some inspirations and shopping guide.

In this very first entry of the series, I want to share with you a beloved pattern that appears over and over on the runway and this year is showed by Peter Som. Yes! It’s chevron! Some of you may also call it zigzag, arrow print or fish spine. Although it’s such a traditional classic pattern that we can easily spot on ancient pottery or old military uniforms, it naturally has a fresh modern vibe that never goes out of style.

Today, let’s start from monochromatic pieces and gradually step into the next level: understated colored choices, bold and bright options, and of course, chevron accessories.

Neutral color is an easy way to start trying chevron pattern. This elegant yet versatile sweater is my fall must-have (featured here). The color palette and silhouette are simple, but the chevron pattern created by embroidered threads adds texture and glamour to it.

You probably already saw Rachel Bilson in this Rag & Bone sleeveless dress last month (check her look here). It has the same print as this dress I picked (below middle), but I personally adore the latter for the fitted silhouette and the unexpected sheer chiffon panel on the sleeve.

This sequin tee by J.Crew will grab more attention since the embellishment trend comes this fall/winter. And I’m also impressed by how slim fit it has considering all the glitters. Pair it with bright red or yellow jeans for a high impact look or with a conservative pencil skirt and black pumps for an unexpected yet appropriate office look.

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From left:
Rag & Bone Kari sweater (featured here)
Rag & Bone Arrow print dress
J.Crew zigzag sequin tee (dress version here)

When it comes to colorful zigzag print, we can’t skip Missoni: that’s what this Italian house is famous for right? This Missoni knit dress has big V-shaped pattern which makes it much more wearable with all the bright colors, and more importantly, the pattern can make us look thinner.

My personal favorite is this versatile Missoni wrap dress for the universally flattering wrap design, the timeless silhouette and go-with-everything palette. It’s so effortlessly chic when paired with booties. Speaking of versatility, this silk chevron twist-back tankdress shouldn’t be missed. Paired with sandals and straw hat, it’s a perfect spring/summer dress. Teamed with coat, tight and boots, it will add a pop of color/pattern to our cold weather look.

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From left:
Missoni knit dress (similar here)
Missoni wrap dress
Madewell silk tankdress (on sale now!)

If you want to be more bold, try this mint zigzag sequin tee. I like to wear sneakers to tone down the glamour. With a 60% off the regular price tag, no time is better than now to get this effortless chic dropped-waist silk dress. It’s the epitome of Bohemian Chic. Pair it with a pair of biker buckle boots to add some edginess.

For this beautiful coral/camel chevron cardigan, I will wear it to the office with another sweet and elegant color block piece: this cute New York ‘Lauren’ pump! Love the bright color, the cute bow and the luxurious material.

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Left: J.Crew zigzag sequin tee & Ash suede wedge sneakers
Middle: Thakoon dropped-waist silk dress (60% off now!)
Marc by Marc Jacobs biker buckle booties
Right: Madewell Graphic cardigan &
Isaac Mizrahi New York ‘Lauren’ pump

I consider Chevron accessories are must-haves for women of any age. The geometric shape will add a modern touch to any outfit. To find the perfect one, I always rely on the “queen of Bohemian style”–Nicole Richie. This three of my favorite pieces (below) from her line House of Harlow 1960 get the perfectly balance between care-free Bohemian vibe and chic urban sophistication, let alone the wallet-friendly price tags!

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Clockwise from top left:
House of Harlow 1960 chevron necklace (silver version here)
House of Harlow 1960 chevron ring (silver version here)
House of Harlow 1960 Riley Bag

Are you a fan of chevron print? How will you style your zigzag pieces?

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