So you fancy yourself a risk-taker, huh? You've come to the right place. There is no better way to spice up your wardrobe this season than by trying the all-over printed suit trend that flooded the runways for fall, and while it may sound scary, fear not: we've got advice for you no matter how much you want to commit. Whether you’re taking the trend for a test drive or diving in head first, we've got you covered. Follow our tips to head-to-toe patterned dressing and you'll be turning heads and gaining fashion cred in no time.
If you want to: Dip a toe
The safest way to take on the trend is by suiting up in a chic and tailored patterned suit like Beyonce's stylish little sister Solang. She was front row for the Suno Fall 2012 show in grey and white suit separates, bringing the outfit together with simple makeup and interesting but neutral accessories. The outfit is eye-catching but not overwhelming thanks to a subtle color palette. Snag this ensemble for less with these graphic coordinating separates from TopShop. To make this look more fall appropriate, layer an on-trend sleek black turtleneck under the blazer. A swipe of red or bright pink lipstick, a simple hair style, and a neutral heel would complete this outfit perfectly and have all your friends wondering how you always manage to look so chic.
If you want to: Take a swim
Take the trend to the next level and experiment with color. Borrow from Prabal Gurung's print-heavy Fall 2012 show (even prim and proper Kate Middleton is a fan!) and opt for a blue on blue pattern in a slim and flattering trouser and blazer combo. To get the look on a budget, try these separates from ASOS. The cobalt is flattering on every skin tone, while the print and shine of the pieces will ensure your best dressed status. A crisp white button down shirt is all you need to layer underneath this outfit (be sure to button it all the way up for that high-fashion edge) and a sleek low pony will ensure that you look put together and deliberate.
If you want to: Go deep-sea diving
You love the lime light, so why not let your clothes prove it. Florals? Check. Riotous color? Double check. Clover Canyon's graphic baroque rose print blazer and coordinating trousers are the perfect everyday answer (confused how does one designer outfit answer another? Maybe say we love both? Just needs rewording) to Peter Som's crazy flower print suits from his Spring 2012 collection. Bring out the orange centers of the roses and pair the trousers with tangerine heels, but stick with a neutral top underneath the blazer for balance. Try an of-the-moment top knot for the perfect finishing touch.