Sometimes you need to take a break from bold color blocking and mixing patterns, and get back to the basics. Just because you’re sporting neutrals doesn’t mean you can’t stand out though. Sometimes less is more when putting together an outfit. Try breaking up a monochromatic look with an area of contrasting pattern or colored lace.
With crocheted detailing on the shoulders, sleeves and bottom of her dress, sophomore Taryn Payne spaces out the navy blocks of color, creating a more light and airy look. This Fashionista continues her attention to detail with her rings. They are all silver, but each ring differs from the rest when it comes to shape and pattern. All of these subtle touches of texture stand out against her neutral colored ensemble and pull her outfit together.
Simplify running errands, meeting the parents or taking on those early morning classes with a more relaxed look. Staple items with a twist are perfect for any occasion. Feel free to add more jewelry or a bold bag without overpowering your look. Upgrade to some “not so basic” basics to enhance any outfit.
Take a day from trying all the latest new trends to go back and revamp your wardrobe staples. Anything from subtle crochet around the neckline to a small burst of a loud print on a pocket can transform a layering piece to a statement piece.
Spotted: An emphasis on a sheer, floral pattern made this dress a statement on the runway during the spring 2013 Valentino show.