This design originated as a custom designed embroidery pattern consisting of intertwining leaves and vines. They weave in and out around decorative Victorian letters composed with the motif of modern artist Robert Indiana‘s graphic LOVE painting of 1966.
After photographing the completed embroidery, I started manipulating the digital version to create other designs which are suitable for textile printing. The original design was deconstructed and then reinvented with a kaleidoscope of pieces collaged into a whole new pattern. Various filters, brushes, and other digital applications end with an advanced textile design ready for printing.
Even if you aren’t invited to an official Garden Party, there are still lots of occasions where outfits with a garden party feel are refreshing outfit choices. Most all spring and summer gatherings, lunches and dinners, as well as, movies and shopping become prime occasions for a smart yet casual outfit. English Garden Vine patterns with restrained gold motifs on a white background create a perfect backdrop for essential warm weather outfits. Whether you coordinate these pieces with minimal matching green or white garments or contrasting them with bold statement colors like gold, or red, or black, you’ll find dozens of ways to pair each piece with your own wardrobe.
In true garden party style, the centerpiece of any outfit is a fancy floral or foliage item that becomes smitten with visual romance. Dressy casual attire, or what is sometimes called smart casual, is a combination of relaxed and refined pieces. Neutral colors and beautiful prints are key, with a definite emphasis on lighter, “nice-but-not-too-nice” attire for what is a more casual, but still very special, event.
For separates, choose flowing blouses or dress shirts, dress pants, dark jeans or skirts. When keeping the weather in mind, smart wraps or light jackets may also be in order. You’re coordinating a key look that is visually flowing, light and airy, even when choosing darker pieces. Mix a dressy element, like tailored slacks or a very feminine blouse, with something completely informal like a sweater or a pair of colored jeans. Try pairing a favorite casual skirt with a graphic t-shirt, some wedges and eclectic, fun jewelry. You are effortlessly pulled together when using some of your more formal and professional attire and then working around those items with casual textures and graphics.
Garden Chic is attire that is dressy but not formal, effortless but not casual typically with wedges or flats, so as not to sink in the grass. It’s a look that is comfortable and relaxed, yet smart, classy, and crisp.
How should you dress for a summer garden party?
And lastly, honor the host by bringing her a lovely bottle of wine…or her other favorite refreshment. Such a wonderful way to say thank you for her invitation and efforts in planning the event.