STYLE GURU STYLE: Polka-dots and Stripes

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If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a bit of a prints and patterns aficionado. Whether mixed together or paired with solid colors, I gravitate toward looks that incorporate some kind of energetic print. This being said, it’s no surprise I fell in love with Burberry Prorsum’s spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection. The presentation featured bold polka-dot prints coupled with sculptural lace garments and broad striped handbags. Models wore a beautiful spectrum of pastel hues, ranging from lavender to a sheer baby blue, and many of the line’s garments were embellished with ladylike jewels. One look in particular paired a red and white dotted blouse with a classic black and white striped pencil skirt. This look gave me the inspiration I needed to finally recreate the polka-dots and stripes combination, without looking like a character from The Big Comfy Couch.

I eased into this trend by sticking to a neutral color palette of black and white. I’ve learned the key to mixing prints is to ensure that you have one like color in both prints to keep your outfit balanced and congruent. Another rule of thumb to achieve print-mixing harmony is to pair large prints with finer prints to avoid a busy, overdone look. Here, I complemented the bold stripes of my sweater with the small polka-dots of my drawstring pants. To give the outfit a light and fresh feel for summer, I wore a platform espadrille sandal, subtle gold jewelry and straw hat.

Mixing prints can seem like a daunting effort, but Burbury Prorsum’s effortless method of doing so proves that we, too, can achieve this fun and feminine look. Just stick to the aforementioned rules of thumb and you’re ready to hit the streets with this punchy runway look of your own.

Get My Look: 1. Bold striped shirt. 2. Polka-dot printed pants. 3. Summery straw hat.

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