Summer Fashion: Butterfly Prints

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Alice + Olivia Poet Butterfly Cotton/Silk Dress
Alice + Olivia Poet Butterfly Dress

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Butterflies are beautiful arthropods that tend come out during the day to show off their lovely array of colors while glamorously flying along. Being as graceful as a butterfly may be a difficult task, but with a couple butterfly items, it may start rubbing off! Butterfly patterns are everywhere, making a solid fashionable statement by adding flavor to the mix. Anything from a butterfly ring, to diamond encrusted butterfly jeans will have you up to date with the fashion world. My idea of fashion lately has been me obsessing over watches. I figured I might as well be in sync and find a watch with a butterfly accent, and that I did!

I like having two extreme kinds of watches handy: fun girly ones and big masculine looking ones to completely change my look. Try it, you’ll see. I’m buying this Juicy Couture Butterfly-Embellished Watch that’s adorable, and something Barbie would definitely have… why not pretend we’re perfect? Plus, it may help you find your own personal Ken! The watch has a croc-embossed pink leather band with a big face containing 3 butterflies, one of which is embellished with Swarovski crystals.

Bindya Print Butterfly Scarf
Bindya Butterfly Scarf

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Since I’m on a sassy streak, I would like to talk about this next fabulous find. The Alice + Olivia "Poet Butterfly" Dress is very colorful, but a simple design. The dress is a cotton v-neck mini dress that would look nice with wedges. The blend of bold colors is unbelievably striking. The waist is slightly cinched with a piece of stringy material. If you’re going to represent a confident butterfly you should go big, or forget it, and this dress is a perfect example.

Contrary to the dress, this is delicate butterfly printed scarf with crystal-dotted antennas. The Bindya Print Butterfly Scarf is a great option for the less butterfly obsessed ladies, and a very versatile accessory. It will definitely liven up an outfit, without overwhelming or detracting too much from a cool pair of jeans or a nice summer dress. It’s also helpful to remember that there are limitless options when tying a scarf. My favorite style is the “European loop”-- it’s when you loop both ends into one, giving a laid back, sophisticated impression. Another cool look is when I see men and women wrapping a scarf around their neck and sticking the ends into a blazer. Get creative, and try different things with your scarf-- wrap it around your hair, on the handle of your tote, or try using it as a tube top. Fashion forecasters are saying this is the year to get creative and follow your heart, without looking stupid.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.