In Clueless, when Cher dubs popular girl Amber a “Monet,” it’s because she appears attractive from afar but her looks don't quite match up upon closer inspection. Thankfully, that’s not the case with these artistic watercolor pieces, which look perfectly stylish whether seen from a distance or not! This season, it seems as if everything from silky button-downs to skinny jeans are drenched in the dreamy, pastel motifs, and the look couldn’t be more appropriate for spring. At turns the trend is chic and youthful, like Ashley Madekwe’s Etro Butterfly Print Dress ($1998, 310.248.2855) at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style event in Beverly Hills last December. The Revenge star’s frock stands out, thanks to the brushstroke butterfly print that pops against the white mini dress. At other times, watercolors feel more romantic and feminine, particularly on Lela Rose’s Withering Floral Organza Draped Bodice Dress With Cowl Detail And Full Skirt ($1795) from the S/S 13 collection. No matter what your sensibilities may be, we’ve rounded up a few watercolor-inspired styles for you to try, so read on.
Marni Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt ($270)
Marni’s playful top displays a watercolor tiger print from Dutch artist Rop van Mierlo’s book Wild Animals. Add some polish to the tee with a fitted blazer and slim blue jeans.
CC Skye Bright Love Lucite Clutch ($255) in Orange/Yellow
This boxy Lucite clutch adds a refreshing splash of color to your look. Style it with a crisp button-down and white trousers for a decidedly fresh take.
Theyskens’ Theory Damara Printed Silk Mini Dress ($595)
For a watercolor look with downtown appeal, try Theyskens’ Theory silk dress. The of-the-moment marble print lends it a contemporary vibe, and the front ties echo the current shirt-tied-around-waist trend too.
Guess Brittney Skinny Ankle Jeans ($138, available May)
Upgrade your classic skinnies with Guess’ sophisticated pair rendered in a mix of hazy hues. Play up the pastel palette by teaming the jeans with a silk blouse in soft lilac or creamy yellow.
tarte Cheek Stain ($30) in Awakening
Make watercolors part of your beauty repertoire with this universally flattering cheek stain. Apply to the apples of your cheeks for a natural, sweet-looking flush.
Charles David Bliss Heels ($230)
The abstract print gets a polished twist in Charles David’s pointy-toe heels. We suggest wearing these with a slim pencil skirt for a soft, feminine take on office-appropriate attire.
Harlyn Blouse ($187, 213.614.9292)
If you favor bold, splashy prints, you’ll want to snag Harlyn’s button-down. Wear it with a pair of bright trousers for a statement-making ensemble.
BaubleBar Marquise Leaf Drops ($26)
Tap into the watercolor trend with pastel blue baubles. Slip them on with an equally elegant cocktail number at your next soiree.
Lela Rose runway image, courtesy of Lela Rose; photo of Ashley Madekwe, courtesy of INF.