WHY WE LOVE IT Digital technology has given designers the ability to craft exuberant patterns that would have been unthinkable 10 years ago. Whether they’re stamped, woven, handpainted or silk-screened, the effect allows you to be your own Mardi Gras.
MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU Ask yourself how much attention you can handle. Even a short dress (no gowns, please!) will stop traffic. A kaleidoscope shoe or bag may be enough for you—pair either with neutrals to show it off. And restrict what you put with eye-popping tops, skirts and pants: Those garments and accessories must satisfy a “noncompete” clause!