STYLE GURU STYLE: Mixing Patterns With Black And White

STYLE GURU STYLE: Mixing Patterns With Black And White

The Kenzo pre-fall 2015 show can be summed up in one word and one word only: bold. There were bold prints, bold colors, bold shoes, bold headpieces and the list goes on. I will be the first to admit that the style throughout the show is definitely not one with which I would regularly associate. However, while I was considering revamping my current wardrobe for the new year and upcoming spring semester, this show incorporated inspiring concepts. We are familiar with mixing bold and colorful patterns; however, the Kenzo line took this one step further by using black and white patterns to pull together looks. It acted as a common ground for an outfit that might otherwise look as if you dressed yourself in the dark.

Today, I took a much more relaxed shot at bringing this style concept into my everyday wardrobe by mixing up the patterns in my sundress and kimono. Yes, I realize my outfit is a little unrealistic for the current, cold Minnesota weather; I’m just really excited to be getting back to school in the sunny Tampa, Florida this weekend. I’m ready for sunglasses, a 75 degree temperature difference and a much, much needed tan.

I decided to keep with the darker color schemes and wear this maroon sundress from Forever 21, detailed with black polka-dots and mesh on the neckline. Instead of throwing a sweater on top, I opted for a black and white damask and paisley printed kimono. Although kimonos are definitely more useful in warmer climates where you don’t actually need the extra heat of another layer, the black and white mixes well with the maroon and maintains the wintery color scheme.

This fashion show was definitely a step out of my comfort zone, but it really inspired me to go a little out of the box with my outfits, to not be afraid to mix patterns in my outfits, even just heading to class. Fashion is all about finding those pieces and styles that make you unique and stand out against the crowd, and I think this Kenzo show embodies this in every way.

Get My Look: 1. A patterned sundress. 2. A black and white kimono. 3. A little arm candy.