Fall Fashion Preview: Paisley

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Paisley. Once thought to be exclusive to carpets and curtains in Victorian homes, it has in recent years quit the halls of home décor and carved out a nice little niche for itself in haute couture.

That isn’t to say that paisley prints are reserved solely for custom-fitted, au courant French fashion houses; just the opposite. The pattern has been making the rounds and has reached a point of critical mass, the precipice so common to style in which a trend, used carefully and creatively enough, can no longer be contained to the runways and begins cropping up everywhere in everyday dress.

That is indeed where paisley finds itself today.

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It is not a style to be mishandled; like most vintage movements it is used best when it is used sparingly and paired appropriately with modern motifs. At its safest point is a lightly spotted tie, a tip to the trend for those too timid to invite stares (no judgment). A step toward the middle of the spectrum would be this: a dark paisley paired with a light suit. And finally, for those more willing to go to extremes: a vibrant paisley paired with a dark three-piece.

For the less formal, a shirt. Recalling the whacked-out wearers who pioneered the look in the late ’60s (think Hunter S. Thompson), the paisley shirt is a gamble; one must a) be completely comfortable pulling it off and b) be careful, even if comfortable, not to take it to its utmost extreme. We recommend the more muted colors: blues, grays, light greens and browns.

For the even less formal, the Adidas X Opening Ceremony Men’s Paisley Patchwork T-Shirt should do the trick.

Not even shoes have been able to escape the paisley invasion: this collaboration from Vans and Liberty might come on a little heavy for the average joe (and should never be worn with any other pattern, let alone paisley), but for the adventurous, looking to make a statement, the shoe most definitely fits.


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