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Graphic FloralsGraphic Florals
What is flirty, fun, and have a sense of feminine innocence? This summer, it's graphic floral prints!

Graphic floral prints can give any wardrobe a major boost, conjuring up cheerful, uplifting, and whimsical dimensions. Think back to your childhood, the playful floral looks amazing when paired with neutral staples and classic denim. If you are concerned about looking like a flower pot, then remember some tricks below to keep you from going in a flower frenzy!
Invest in classic colours. This season, there is a variety between pastel or bold colours. If you would like to be on the safe side, then you should definitely opt for a few pieces with more subtle patterns Graphic Floralsand colours and pair them with neutrals. However, if you feel like experimenting, then consider colour blocking with different floral patterns and colours.
Florals look more chic with analog colours – colours that lay beside each other on the colour wheel which flows together well.
Florals make a bold statement with complementary colours – colours that are directly opposite from one another on the colour wheel. They contrast against each other so they make a daring ensemble.
Finally, florals look more fashion forward with triad colours – three Graphic Floralscolours equal distance from each other on the colour wheel. Triad colours are balanced yet striking. These colours are often used to colour block!

Mix And Match!
Although it's always best to buy items that will transition from one season to the next, however, mixing and matching graphic florals can also achieve a trendy look. So don't be afraid to pile on floral patterns! In fact, be creative and find your own unique ensemble!
Do: If you keep to one colour scheme and mix varying sizes and patterns of floral garments, and pair it with a neutral staple, the look will actually look well put together! Furthermore, graphic florals with other patterns look great as well: for example, stripes or polka dots!
Don't: Try not to go for an all-out floral look....that being said, if your clothing is busy, then your accessories should be subtle and vice versa.

Your Style!
Zara Shahjahan

by SALEHA

Zara Shahjahan"I always prefer to wear smart casuals over formals," says Zara Shahjahan, the multi-talented Pakistani fashion designer. She takes inspiration from a lot of different things while designing the outfits which are the epitome of perfection and eastern elegance. However, when it comes to her own unique style statement, she likes to stick to casual and chic ensembles. Here, Zara speaks to MAG about her style mantra. Excerpts:

Please describe your personal style.
My personal style is very casual. Mostly, I like wearing chinos and blue jeans.

How has your style evolved?
Well… my style has evolved with whatever has been in fashion.

How long does it take you to get ready?
It usually takes 10 to 15 minutes, not more than that.

What inspires you style wise?
When it comes to designing clothes, different things inspire me. For instance, the simplicity of Armani inspires me. Versace's Medusa and Cavalli's animal prints are a huge inspiration for me. So, I get inspiration from a lot of different things. However, when it comes to my own style, I like to keep it classy and casual and I like wearing shalwar kameez at work.

Is there anything you would like to change about your appearance?
Nothing.

What is your favourite piece of clothing?
Right now, it's my coloured jeans!

Your favourite designers?
These days, Balmain is my most favourite designer.

Tell us something no one knows about you?
I am a very open person, so there is nothing that no one knows about me.



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