Unexpected Fashion Companions Aztec Prints And Stripes
From left to right: Christian Cota AW12 (courtesy photo), Mara Hoffman AW12 (Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com), Christian Cota AW12 (courtesy photo).

Mixing and matching prints of the same variety can be tricky enough, but have you ever considered combining bold Atzec inspired patterns with classic stripes?

No? Well, think again!

Aztec prints have been all the rage in the past few seasons and the distinct tribal patterns show no sign of going away anytime soon.  Designers Christian Cota and Mara Hoffman have masterfully incorporated the bold pattern into their work and it has quickly become their go-to for collections.

Stripes are quite basic by comparison and they have long held ground as a classic print.  Incorporating a variety of stripes in an outfit can be done rather easily, so why not take it one step further by adding Aztec prints into the mix? When done correctly, the result is eye catching and fun. Here we’ll show you how to pull off this look.

Unexpected Fashion Companions Aztec Prints And Stripes Look

Why it Works: The bold colors and print of Topshop’s Atzec bustier make it the standout element of this look so we’ve chosen muted accessories to complement and not distract the outfit. We love the bustier paired with a Boy by Band of Outsider’s skirt.

The effect is surprisingly chic because the stripes are contained to the bottom of the skirt.  A completely striped skirt would prove too jarring for the busy top.

Aldo’s Gaglia platform sandals and a muted Allibelle python clutch are the perfect neutral accessories.

For jewelry, we’ve chosen pieces to compliment the colors in the bustier. Trina Turk’s coral ring and K. Amato drop earrings are the perfect addition to perfectly finish this quirky, girly look.

Aztec Print Underwired Bralet

Boy. by Band of Outsiders Striped cotton-jersey skirt

Aldo Gaglia Platform

Trina Turk Coral Striped Resin Ball Ring


K Amato Blue Goldstone Drop Earrings