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The dictionary definition of eclectic is a style composed of elements drawn from various sources. An eclectic look is a mix & match of strong references to different decades, cultures, and lifestyles. It requires boldness and a certain talent in combining things that are deemed as heterogeneous but miraculously work together. Let us show you smart ways to pull it off!
Asian cultures are a great influence. Designers delve into their iconography, palette, and pattern-making to spice up contemporary styles. A traditional silhouette is transformed into the Diane von Furstenberg V-neck Devoré Kimono Dress which is the ‘new cool layer’. Mandarin neck and print make the RIXO London Viola Oriental Sky Print High Neck Top the statement to mix with grunge leather bottoms. In the evening, slip into the RIXO London Alice Tiger Moon Embroidery Dress.
Rock & Roll
Music is another strong reference, and rock & roll is a genre that had a great evolution from the 40s through the 70s. Literal imagery is seen in the Zadig & Voltaire Rosario Lightning and Guitar Print Dress. Secured with Asian-inspired frog closure and layered under a fluffy coat, it alludes to what Jerry Hall would be wearing now if she was still dating Mick Jagger. Stars are another symbol mixed with ‘boho chic’ vibes in the RIXO London Sadie Mini Star Neck Tie Blouse. Layer over it the RED Valentino Star Patch Denim Overalls, for the ultimate ‘rocker chick’.
Badges, college fonts, parkas, and bomber jackets are feminized and luxuriated. Sporty outerwear such as the Miu Miu Embellished Appliqué Wool Bomber Jacket and the Coach 1941 M65 Parka Jacket are now blended with girly skirts. Some of them are investment pieces with precious elements including the fluffy trim in the Maje Bobby Multicolor Fur-Trim Hooded Jacket. It can even be thrown over a maxi dress!
Recall images of Kate Moss and other supermodels wearing slip dresses, mini check skirts, and slim chokers. Mix it with today’s athleisure trend and you are a hip eclectic. Layer the Frame Belted Velvet Midi Slip Dress over a 70s ribbed turtleneck. Intarsia sweaters from the 90s are also back-on-trend, so wear the Maje Massimo Decorative Multicolor Knit Sweater with frayed jeans. Don’t forget to combine the Vince Car Check Oversize Wool-Blend Coat with other checks referencing the revival of the punk movement.
Let’s borrow from the men’s or find our own menswear-inspired looks. Tuxedos are sharp and the Veronica Beard Harriet Cutaway Contrast Jacket lends its polished feel to your casual separates. Equally mannish is the Maison Scotch Striped Silk Button Shirt . Or opt for the Maje Paige Wide-Leg Pants and loafers.