STYLE GURU STYLE: Mixed and Matched

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Céline’s spring 2014 ready-to-wear line took a step away from the brand’s usual color-blocked palette in a big way. The maxi skirts had thick, colorful stripes and were paired with long T-shirts printed with crescent-shaped brush strokes. One of my favorite looks was a trench coat with a print that reminded me of abstract art-like paint randomly thrown at a canvas. Obviously, there was a lot going on. The break from Céline’s normally polished look made this show bright and fun, a.k.a. exactly what I want my summer wardrobe to be.

Matching patterns can be daunting. While a simple blouse with plain blue slacks can be a fashionable outfit, adding a little color and design to your life is exciting! For today’s outfit, I chose a maxi skirt with a pattern in two colors that-unless it’s early July- I wouldn’t normally wear together: red and blue. It’s normal to pair an item with a loud pattern like my skirt, with something neutral like a cream tank top. I took my outfit one step further and wore a crop top with dark red stripes. My go-to rule for rocking a multi-patterned outfit without looking like I’m in a Halloween costume is to have a corresponding element between the top and bottom. The matching red in my shirt and skirt brought the outfit together without overwhelming the senses. Some simple jewelry, sandals and a purse in neutral colors added to my look without clashing with the two main pieces.

Céline’s patterns are a little flashy for a college town sidewalk, but the show reminded me that wearing bright designs in a sea of t-shirts and jeans can be great way to stick out and add some excitement to summer.

Get My Look: 1. A colorful maxi skirt 2. A crop top with a subtle print 3. A simple oversized tote

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