Banana RepublicThis ensemble was inspired by another Banana Republic outfit (they are looking GREAT this year thanks to a new design team). The outfit formula combines a pair of patterned pants with a graphic tee and topper. The jacket completes the outfit, making it look more structured and pulled together. 

I’ve chosen a black, white, denim and floral colour palette, but feel free to choose any colour spectrum. Here are the components:

Pants: Choose a pair of soft patterned pants in a jogger style. A pair of structured patterned jeans or twill pants are another way to go. Choose them cropped or full length. Feel free to substitute the pants with a printed skirt if pants aren’t your thing, or a pair of shorts for a breezier option. The patterns can be bold like I’ve shown here, or more subtle like a narrow stripe or two-toned small scale geometric. 

Tee: Choose a printed tee in black, grey or white with a slogan, or all-over pattern. The point of the outfit is to pattern mix the top and bottom, which creates the arty charm of the look. All-over patterns like stripes, dots and gingham work well as secondary patterns to combine with the dominant pattern of the pants or skirt. Semi tuck the front of the tee into the bottoms. 

Topper: The topper completes the look by adding structure, chic and a dressy factor. Choose a modern classic blazer, boxy cropped style, a vest, moto or denim jacket. You’ll cover most of the tee’s slogan with the jacket, which makes the combination of the print-on-print more subtle. 

Footwear: Add heeled or flat footwear that works with the bottoms like ankle strap sandals, slip-on sneakers, wedged sandals, caged sandals, peep-toe booties, pointy toe flats, sliders, flat oxfords, or gladiators. 

Accessories: Finish off the look with a bag that complements the colours of the outfit. Add jewellery, watch and eyewear as desired.

Ensemble: Printed Pants, Slogan Tee & Jacket