Would You Wear Navajo Print?

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Alyssa Vingan Klein
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I have to admit, my fall/winter wardrobe is looking pretty drab. I’ve been trying to find a way to brighten up my monochrome closet, preferably with one or two pieces that really make a statement. That said, over the last few weeks I’ve noticed an emerging trend that’s perfect for what I am searching for, though I find it a bit perplexing. Vivid Navajo and tribal prints seem to be popping up everywhere, but I can’t figure out which is the way to wear it best. Opening Ceremony is carrying a selection of wool, Navajo print items in unexpected shapes that make them look fresh. I love how the mini-skirt is styled with simple black tights and boots, allowing the color to really pop.

However, photographers such as the Sartorialist and Facehunter snapped the look multiple times during NY Fashion Week. Stylish types like Julia Frakes paired a Navajo jacket with plaids and other bright colors, something that I would never be brave enough to attempt. Piling on the prints is a daring move, and I’m not sure that many people can successfully pull it off (M.I.A. and Iekeliene are two names that come to mind.) Also, are the acid colors and retro patterns a little too loud for everyday wear? Before I make the investment, I am in need of some outside opinions. What do you think about the trend and, more importantly, how would you wear it?