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March 3, 2013

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Duro Olowu for JCPenney paisley stripe blouse and plaid sweater, Mossimo Viveca cap toe pumps, Merona turnlock satchel, Los Angeles fashion blog
Duro Olowu for JCPenney blouse and plaid sweater, Los Angeles fashion blog
Merona blue turnlock satchel bag
Duro Olowu for JCPenney blouse and plaid sweater, Merona turnlock satchel, Los Angeles fashion blog
Mossimo Viveca cap toe pumps heels
Duro Olowu for JCPenney paisley stripe blouse and plaid sweater, Mossimo Viveca cap toe pumps, Merona turnlock satchel, 7 for All Mankind jeans, Los Angeles fashion blog

Duro Olowu for JCPenney plaid stripe blouse and plaid sweater, Xhilaration woven stone necklace, 7 for All Mankind jeans, Mossimo "Viveca" cap toe pumps, and Merona turnlock satchel (also in coral)

The Duro Olowu for JCPenney collection which launched recently (and which I reviewed on  Fashion Trend Guide) exceeded my expectations in terms of quality and versatility. I've got a soft spot in my sartorial heart for both bright colors and print mixing, and this collection, with its abundance of global patterns - from floral and plaid to paisley and geometric - allows me to mix with minimal effort. 

For me, the key to combining prints in a chic manner involves following the rule of keeping the prints in the same color palette or scale in order to achieve a harmonious effect. Sometimes experimentation is required, as well as the ability to not care if strangers stare. 

A dash of bold colors and an amalgamation of unexpected prints is my way of saying that I'm ready for spring. 

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