It's really quite simple to take on a trend. Just follow this smart advice from InStyle Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary.
Whether you are an intrepid trekker or an armchair adventurer like me, you will find these mutes tones and exotic patterns a welcome addition to your wardrobe. The mix of utilitarian details and animal prints lends itself to the urban (or suburban) jungle effortlessly.
Runway Inspiration: Donna Karan
Why I Love This Look:
1. Personally, I find brightly colored pieces challenging. They often require more time and thought than I am willing to give. So I stick to my base camp of neutrals—black, beige, gray, white, and khaki—and rely on prints and texture (and occasionally a little sparkle) to amp things up.
2. That said, it's a snap to incorporate colorful accents into a neutral palette. A pinch of saffron, orange, or chartreuse can add just the right amount of spice.
3. Forget camouflage—there is another reason safari clothing was designed in these earthy colors: They don't show dirt easily. Practical and fashionable.
For more tips, pick up the May issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.
—Cindy Weber Cleary
1. Diane von Furstenberg
Cotton, polyamide, and elastane, $285; dvf.com
2. Elizabeth and James
Silk, $225; nordstrom.com
Leather, $248; coach.com
Cotton, $275; shopbop.com
5. Holst + Lee
Mixed fabric and brass, $225; holstandlee.com
6. Rebecca Taylor
Polyester, $250; rebeccataylor.com
7. Dooney & Bourke
Leather, $348; macys.com
8. Rachel Zoe
Cotton, spandex, polyester, and lamb leather, $495; bloomingdales.com
9. Kate Spade Saturday
Cotton and spandex, $85; saturday.com
Leather, $108; bodenusa.com
11. Acne Studios
Cotton and flax/linen, $430; acnestudios.com
12. Kendall Conrad
Leather, $215; kendallconraddesign.com