STYLE GURU STYLE: On The Grid

If one message was clear from the pre-fall 2015 runways, it’s that graphic prints need to be in your wardrobe—like, right now. Derek Lam’s pre-fall 2015 collection was chock full of intersecting clean lines to create the bold, windowpane print. Complemented by a neutral color palette, Lam’s collection was wholly simple, elegant and modern.

Inspired by pre-fall’s attention to geometry, I gave the graphic trend a try. I opted for a shirtdress in a windowpane print as the focus of my look. There’s just something so effortless in taking a page out of the menswear book, as this oversized shirt lends a laidback feel to this modern print.

Following Lam’s aesthetic, I kept the color palette to shades of black, white and gray. These leather cutout booties create bold contrast while adding structural detail to the graphic print. I wore a gray Panama hat—which happens to be one of my absolute favorite spring accessories—to add a little cool femininity. To finish off the look, I wore my mom’s vintage Coach backpack. I will forever be obsessed with the bag’s classic design, making it the perfect accent to this laid back meets structured look.

My biggest takeaway from Derek Lam’s pre-fall show was the elegance of a neutral, graphic print outfit. A simple color palette sends a bold pattern like windowpane to be the focal point of the look. Channel this minimalist style all spring and summer long with clean lines, subtle accessories and dainty details.

Get My Look: 1. Windowpane printed dress. 2. Cutout booties. 3. Panama hat.