We asked fashion blogger Ana De-Jesus from Faded Spring to give us her tips on how to style the Psychotropical trend…
Easily the most ‘wearable’ psychotropic trend, digital print blooms are back in fashion, after a short spell in A/W 2014. While most ‘digital print’ dresses, tops and bags use rainbow brights, not all ‘psychotropical trends have to be neon inspired’. In fact, what we learnt from that A/W 14 catwalk was that the deconstruction of color, or moody digital prints, were also at the forefront of Psychotropicalism – a navy midi dress with layers of multiple floral blooms and plants in a repetitive print, can also be a subtle nod to the trend. There are several ways that digital print blooms can be worn as shown below:
THE MUTED PSYCHOTROPICAL BLOOM LOOK
Whether you choose a simple shift dress or a ball gown like below, keep colors muted and neutral. A muted neutral like black, grey or navy with a psychotropical bloom overlay – colors like pink and blue work well – allows you to still be fashionable, but in a refined and sophisticated manner. This look is inspired by 2017’s tea dresses and combines the elegance of the 50’s dress length with the 17/18’s updated digital print bloom motif. Pair with matching accent accessories that are clean and streamlined, so as to not take focus away from the digital print dress.
THE FUTURISTIC PSYCHOTROPIC BLOOM LOOK
While this outfit might retain elements of the 50’s ladies who lunch aesthetic, on closer inspection, the gothic lace bell-sleeved bodysuit juxtaposed against a moody floral, mesh midi skirt, is unexpectedly futuristic. While it might not scream space-age because there is not a whisper of metallic or deconstruction of shape, contrasting textures like mesh and lace and a synthesized digital print bloom, is more futuristic than you will ever know. The key to nailing the psychotropical look for modern day wear is transforming it into a wearable print. After all, high-fashion catwalks might like to mix prints, but in everyday life mixing prints can be scary.
THE TROPICAL MIXED DIGITAL FLORAL BLOOM
While dresses and skirts are often used as a focal point in psychotropic styling, when it comes to informal wear, tops and kimonos become a bigger part of the picture. While the looks below lean more heavily towards the ‘tropical’ side of the spectrum rather than the ‘psychotropic’, the ability to mix prints is a large component of wearing this trend.
In the beach look, a tropical kimono is juxtaposed against a more muted digital print shirt and tucked into a mint green skort. The A/W version uses the same tropical print batwing kimono but juxtaposes against a lighter forest themed printed 90’s-esque cami, tucked into black skinny jeans and baby pink Perspex boots circa 2016. The looks are both very different but what they both demonstrate is how the psychotropical trend can be both exaggerated and over the top, or more muted and refined, depending on your personal style.
While the psychotropical trend features a prominent nature or floral print motif, a sub-component of Psychotropicalism is ‘watercolors’, often printed onto silk and swimwear. As shown below, the silk kimono features Pucci’s psychedelic print creating a psychotropic version of ‘resort wear’.
HOW TO WEAR THE WATERCOLOR PSYCHOTROPICAL PRINT
DO choose ‘luxury’ materials like silk. Watercolors- while synthetic in nature, are a beautiful emblem of luxury. Because Psychotropicalism exists on its ability to blur the boundaries between reality and what Baudrillard calls ‘hyper-reality’, the boundaries of fashion prints too have become blurred. As watercolors have no definitive shape or structure, the silk allows the print to over-run.
DO ‘over-accessorize’. While Psychotropicalism prides itself on its ability to fit into two camps: the minimalist vs. the maximalist, rocking a watercolor print and its connotations of the unknown or the unreal is almost begging for an exaggerated, over-heightened aesthetic. As shown below, the watercolor kimono is juxtaposed against a mint green belt, with a peep of an orange watercolor bikini underneath. Gladiator sandals and a princess tiara bag add to this psychotropical maximalism, while the street art mural is optional!
While there are many more elements to styling the ‘psychotropical look’, the main features of the trend are mixed printed fabrics, focal blooms and watercolor prints. While 2018 might seem a little way off, be ahead of the fashion curve and get psychotropical today!
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Words and images by Ana De- Jesus