Shady Palm Print

Shady Palm Print

Occasion: appointment with client
Dress Code: casual
Outdoor Temps: 75°F
Activity Level: Moderate
Wearing: Wanama palm/tiger shirt, J. Crew moto skirt, Brahmin shoulder bag, Crocs sandals, Raen sunnies.

I've been seeing palm prints everywhere lately, so I thought it was high time I shop my closet and pull out this rayon palm-and-tiger print blouse I bought while vacationing in Argentina a couple years back.

 Note how the weight of the skirt's zipper makes it want to "fall" towards center... mildly annoying, but it thankfully looks just fine centered. 

Note how the weight of the skirt's zipper makes it want to "fall" towards center... mildly annoying, but it thankfully looks just fine centered. 

I really love the subdued colors in this particular print, which make me think of napping in the shade on an island vacation. I also love the upside down print orientation, which reminds me of being in the Southern hemisphere (and, well, some of the quality control differences in Buenos Aires).

In the past, I've paired this sharkbite-hem top with skinny jeans, but I wanted to mix it up with my moto pencil skirt. Palm prints in general - and rayon palm prints in particular - read very casually, so it can be easy to end up limiting yourself to jeans, shorts, and linen pants. The more structured skirt helps dress up the top a bit and take the top from the beach to everyday life.

One style challenge was that the skirt has a slight a-line flare, but it is short enough to pair with the long, loose top to create balanced proportions and not make me feel three feet wide. Because of all the volume up top, I also chose substantial-looking clog sandals to visually weigh my feet down and prevent the outfit from becoming top-heavy.

If you love palm prints but lead a dressier lifestyle than shown here, try looking for an all-neutral color scheme, classic cut, or luxury fabrication (like silk). Click through the image below for the Polyvore.

 

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