Lately, across the country, Fashionistas have been posting and preaching about one thing. We’ve all been talking about layers. And while I’m the first to encourage everyone to mix bold patterns and hues when loading on the layers, I’m the first to call someone out for butchering the look. When making a statement like that with your look, it’s far too easy to take an ensemble from chic to shriek.
This week’s Fashionista is a brilliant example of a laid back, layered look. She begins her ensemble with a black and white plaid shirt. She tucks her top into a pair of high-waisted black shorts, with a fun pair of chevron patterned tights underneath. She matches her brown leather woven belt with a pair of brown, buckled combat boots. She accessorizes with a turquoise pendant, an abundance of eclectic, bright bracelets and a couple of rings.
Our featured Fashionista kept her pattern combination tame by keeping the majority of her outfit in neutral tones. It’s hard to go wrong when mixing neutrals, but if you’re ready for the challenge you should try doing the same with bolder hues. Think it can’t be done? Just check out this Fashionisto from the University of Wisconsin. His look works because it has purpose and a phenomenal color scheme, centered around his key patterned piece, his knit sweater.
To replicate this look, pick a statement piece like a bold patterned top or this year’s street style obsession, leggings with loads of imagery. Once you’ve established your statement piece, just go wild! Pick pieces that will complement it with color, pattern and even texture. As long as your choices have a purpose behind them, you’re sure to look stylish rather than foolish. And if all else fails, stick to a neutral palette. You can’t go wrong!