Move over patterns and repeat prints! Digital photos are covering the landscape in fashion — literally — with dreamy destinations inspiring designers to make vacation locales and more very stylish. TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas highlight how to wear the trend.
Sunsets, palm trees, waves, historic landmarks, and surreal skies were a common theme for spring runways, from witty-yet-subtle designs at the Akris show to Dries Van Noten's hyper-real collection. Mass retailers have followed suit with affordable inspirations, and whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a student, there's truly an ideal image out there for everyone. Nordstrom's hot seller, Mother Denim's The Looker jeans which feature a print called 'A Day in Paradise', is a hit with Hollywood's trendsetters ($251, Nordstrom.com). H&M's chic work-appropriate pencil skirt features a slightly abstracted photo print on the front side and looks sharp with a classic blouse or button-down (Panel Print Pencil Skirt $49.95, hm.com), while Zara's sheer sleeveless photo print tops have a flattering ombre effect (Sheer Print Sleeveless Top $35.90, zara.com), and look great with basic black leggings or layered over a solid maxi dress.
The variety of visually flattering images found on dresses this season can be a gal's best friend. Before you slip into a statement-maker, take a step back and glance at the light and dark areas of the print. Lighter spots like clouds and skies can call attention to your favorite feature, while darkened areas can slim your silhouette. Also consider the placement of significant objects; the Eiffel tower can draw the eye up and down, while an image of a racecar zooming across your dress will pull focus horizontally, so use the these quirky moments to your advantage (Keyhole Shift Dress $64.95, Nyandcompany.com).
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Last but not least, swimsuit season is upon us, and this is one trend anyone can plunge into. While in town for mother's day, my own mom fell in love with an adorable, flamingo-printed one piece suit from JCPenney that's modest yet playful. The digital trend updates the idea of a one-piece and styles often display graphics better than two pieces, so you can make a bold statement without feeling overexposed (Arizona Flamingo Print One-Piece $22, jcp.com).
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