One Israeli sure did!
On the way to my bus in the morning, I spotted an Israeli girl wearing a navy blue and white polka-dot blouse, a leopard print scarf, and a bulky knit grandpa cardigan that looked like it was made of alpaca. I couldn’t snap a picture (besides, it was way too early and the girl looked grouchy) but it was a sight to behold!
I began to wonder (with Carrie Bradshaw-like finesse)…Is Israel the country of mismatched prints? Is this a new trend? Do Tel Aviv girls like to mix and match and make a statement?
I offered up my thoughts on my Twitter account, and got some great responses; one of the best was from Hilla Ohayon, fashion writer for Haaretz, who wrote, “Mismatch is in but what you just described sounds like too much. I’d lose the leopard print scarf. TLV girls love ‘too much.'” And she’s right.
Unfortunately these past few months, I’ve seen too many patterns and textures thrown together for an outfit on the streets of Tel Aviv. We’re talking brown boots with black and white striped tunics (a big fashion no-no in my book) and floral dresses with knitwear (This doesn’t do it for me, even if the colors are in the same color family.)
And while most mismatching works when carefully mismatched the right way (see The Streetswalker’s 2008 post of 20-year old Noa in an ultra-cool color combination: a purple striped vintage tee and an A+ tiered floral skirt,) most of the ones seen in this tiny little cosmopolitan town DON’T.