Whit designer Whitney Pozgay avoids playing it safe, relying on bold prints and color in her collections. She keeps them updated and fresh each season through collaboration. For her Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection Pozgay consulted with New York artist Adam Handler and her husband, Parker Argote, to design prints. Together, they created a cohesive collection of various handmade prints ranging from tribal geometric to oversized floral.
The images were animated and artsy, rather than modern and photographic, which worked well with the playful femininity found throughout the collection. Blue gingham added a nostalgic touch to the prints. Ruffles and wrapped bows appeared in various volumes on dresses, tops, and skirts. Shirt dresses were found beside waist-hugging shift dresses, and high-waisted shorts beside wide-legged pants. Off-the-shoulder tops, a trend this spring, were another common silhouette in the collection. The color palette also reflected the tribal theme, with saturated reds, blues, greens, and yellows – sometimes all within a single look. The clothing exudes a carefree cuteness perfect for accompanying a sunny picnic or summertime stroll.
The above easygoing off-the-shoulder dress appeared in two different prints in the collection. The springy floral and neutral stripe both have a relaxed, casual look. The loose silhouette flatters, and the bare shoulders show just the right amount of skin. Statement earrings draw attention towards the face and balance out proportions. With a platform sandal like with the green and pink dress, the look could work for a summer soiree or night out. With espadrille flats like with the tan and white striped dress, the look becomes appropriate for walking around town or heading to the beach. This easygoing dress works for basically any warm weather occasion, which has caused this silhouette to pop up throughout the retail world.
Lucky for college students, the look’s popularity means it is easy to recreate on a budget. The neutral-colored, vertical stripe bare-shoulder dress is available for $36 from Zara, which also has many other off-the-shoulder options. The blue and white striped dress is $33 from Charlotte Russe. Another way to translate the trend is to go for shoulder cutouts, like on the floral dress, selling for $38 on Asos.com. The long sleeve body-con pastel print dress mirrors the bold graphics in the Whit collection, but in a more fitted fashion, and it is only $12 on Amazon. White canvas slip-on espadrilles are $42 from the brand Soludos, for sale at Bloomingdale’s. If the sandals are more appealing, a simple strapped black flat platform sandal is $21 from Aldo. The final touch, statement earrings, can be found at a range of prices. The mint-colored gem pair is $16 from accessorize.com, and the black and clear crystals are $30 from lastcall.com. An outfit like this will have students looking perfect for spring while still having the money to go out for a nice brunch.
Sophie Fay Shaw is the High Fashion, College Wallet columnist. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.