STYLE GURU STYLE: A Matter Of Pattern

It looks like spring has finally sprung. To me, spring is all about playing with pattern, so when I saw the Isabel Marant fall 2015 ready-to-wear show, I was inspired to create a look that used pattern in a subtle yet fun way. I loved the oversized, vaguely tribal look of some of the pieces and wanted my outfit to reflect this. In Wisconsin, the awkward transition from cold weather into warm has just begun and like many fellow students, I’m faced with a closet full of fall and winter clothes. To survive winters in the Midwest I have amassed a huge collection of warm oversized scarves. Now that the temperatures are rising, however, giant scarves wrapped around and around are no longer necessary to keep warm. Instead, they function as a great transitional piece.

I think I speak for everyone when I say it was a relief to hang up my winter jacket for good. Unfortunately though, it’s still not quite warm enough to wear just a T-shirt and jeans to class, so I used one of my favorite oversized scarves to create a casual everyday look with a subtle pattern. Not only does this outfit translate effortlessly from winter to spring, but it also translates easily from morning to afternoon to night. An oversized scarf is warm enough for fluctuating spring temperatures and can be removed if it gets too hot and layered on again if it gets chilly. When choosing patterns, keep this in mind: patterns don’t have to be bright and busy to be fun and eye-catching. More muted, neutral patterns can be just as effective and are easier to transition through the seasons.

A large leather tote holds anything which makes it great for class, work and running errands. Since I’m always thinking about versatility, as a final touch, I added my favorite hat, which I have found goes with just about everything. Pieces like this that can be worn with so many different outfits and through all the seasons are a great investment and an easy addition to your wardrobe that won’t break the bank.

Get My Look: 1. An oversized scarf. 2. A large tote bag. 3. A versatile hat.