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Essie Says: Let’s Get Digital

On our morning stroll down Woodmont, we realized that Bethesdans are quite a tech savvy bunch, with pedestrians juggling at least one iPhone or Blackberry along with their morning Starbucks. The fashion world has embraced the digital age also, with live-streaming fashion shows and style bloggers sitting in the front row to report on SS’10. So is it to anyone’s surprise that digital prints are hitting the shops faster than Wi-Fi?  Prints-wise, the usual suspects have been pushing florals this season, to which we quote the wise Ms. Miranda Priestly: “Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking.” This week, Essie says: be bold and reach for the new digital prints!

There’s nothing like a silk jumpsuite, and these colors are just too appetizing to pass up!

Halston Heritage Short Silk Jumpsuite – $375

Halston Heritage Short Silk Jumpsuite

Essie Says: Pretty in Prints

Although flowers are still buried under the last bit of snow, you can still feast your eyes on the colorful and fun patterns popping up in every boutique around town. Spring 2010 prints range from tribal to floral to ikat, and are available at any price range from DVF dresses at Urban Chic to vintage scarves at Mustard Seed. Essie says don’t be intimidated by prints this year, embrace them! This week, we have found three ways to incorporate prints into your everyday wear.

1. Tibi – Floral Brocade dress – $355

If you are feeling a bit nervous about adding a sudden splash of color to your attire, start with baby steps, like this perfectly muted floral dress.

Floral Brocade Dress

How to wear:
Prep Princess: Layer this dress with a simple black blazer, sheer black tights and patent t-strap heels.
Rocker Chic: Throw on a bomber with a pair of suede slouchy ankle boots.
Feminine Beauty: Drape a silvery white shawl and pair with grey peep toes.

Tibi dresses in similar prints can be found at Urban Chic, lower priced printed dresses by Trina Turk and Karlie can be found at Luna.

2. Tory Burch – Kara Tunic – $325

Want a twist on the traditional floral? Then indulge in this spring’s hot Ikat print. Ikat is not just for bohos and trendsetters anymore. Muted and less “trippy” Ikats are now available in stores, and can be worn while stylishly strolling along Bethesda Ave or even to the office.

Kara Tunic

How to wear:
Street-wear: Pair this with straight-leg green cargo pants and gladiator style wedges.
Office-wear: Tuck this pretty blouse into a black pencil skirt, belted with a woven leather belt, and classic black pumps.

TuNix – Bali…or Bust – $170 (Sale: $99)

Now introducing Bethesda’s own, TuNix! This tunic comes in different lengths to suite various body types.

Bali ... Or Bust

How to wear:
Shorter versions can be worn with dark bootcut denim and cowboy boots. The longer length can be paired with the oh-so-comfy leggings and python printed flats. Pattern on pattern, you can do it!

3. Sassanova – Gwyneth Leopard print pony hair flat – $98

If adding prints to your wardrobe is too much shock to the system, you can at least sport the trend on your feet. Worn by a variety of style icons, from Jackie O. to Gwen Stefani to Carey Mulligan, Leopard print flats can find a place in any woman”s wardrobe.

Gwyneth Leopard print pony hair flat

How to wear:
The First Lady: Dress with J Brand ankle length denim (straight or cuffed), and navy bateau neck knit shirt.
The Rock Diva: Wear with distressed black skinnies and a red and white striped one-shoulder tank.
The Oscar Nominee: Pair with a girly A-line dress belted at the waist with a thick caramel colored leather belt.



Essie Says is a weekly fashion column written by a local style savant.