"Florals? For spring? Ground breaking."
The infamous lines recited by Meryl Streep in the film "The Devil Wears Prada" is something that has resonated with me since I first saw the film. Her devilishly sarcastic tone, that most likely is something Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour would say verbatim, made me inclined to not only question how much I liked Streep's character in the film, but also had me questioning the sartorial decisions people make with the transitioning of the seasons.
When the spring/summer collections are debuted during fashion month every October, I notice a lot of floral prints. But is that all there really is to warmer weather fashions? Don't get me wrong, I loved the Dolce & Gabbana collection that featured a classic floral print on every piece that was shown down the runway, but how much is too much? After the first 30 looks, the pattern just seemed reminiscent of window drapes rather than high fashion.
Surely floral prints can't be the only pattern that makes a piece of clothing "summery." Yet, these days I can hardly distinguish between summer and winter clothing. In many ways different pieces are more versatile and can be worn year round, but I'm having trouble deciding on what patterns, colors and textures make me seem like I didn't confuse April for November.
Florals are great — I admit to just buying a pair of jeans embossed with a floral print — and easy to wear, but that's not where I'm stopping with my spring/summer wardrobe. These next two seasons I plan on broadening my scope on patterns by fully advocating for patterns on patterns, including stripes, polka dots, chevron and even adding a little floral in there. So many different stylists can expertly match completely different patterns with each other, and I plan on experimenting and taking part in the fun, too.
In addition to patterns, I'm opting for flowy, light textures as opposed to leather, wool and fur. Sleek, sheer blouses topped over comfortable cotton shorts instead of my usual thick denim and sweater type shirts will allow me to enjoy the weather and soaking in some vitamin D.
And finally, any one who knows me knows I wear a lot of black clothing. I admit, I'm drawn towards darker colors, but this season I am going to step out of my comfort zone and juxtapose my black basics with bright, stand-out pieces such as a coral T-shirt and a pair of bright pink shorts.
Dressing for the warmer months is definitely a challenge for me. Like I mentioned before, I'm drawn to the darker colors and enjoy the colder months, making the fall/winter collections my favorite between the two collections of the year.
Adjusting a wardrobe to the constant transitioning of the seasons is a difficult feat, but with a solid foundation of basics, I plan on shopping strictly for pieces that fit my spring/summer style so no longer will I get the question, "aren't you hot in those jeans?"
So, yes, Miranda Priestly, I agree with you. Florals are only one aspect of spring/summer fashion that restricts how people perceive clothing. But ultimately, I plan on challenging that and following Priestly's sarcastic belief in spring/summer fashion.
– Melodi Erdogan is a freshman in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.