When first presented with the question, "Does your style need a revamp?" I guffawed as I looked in my closet with a "Who? Me?!" expression. I'd recently completed a ruthless round of spring cleaning, sparing no expense: tops I hadn't worn in years, undies with elastic springing from the seams, holey jeans (not the trendy kind) and a clutch I swore would be a signature style item but somehow still had on the original tags.
I was operating with full wardrobe efficiency, but as I stood smugly confronted with the surviving hangers, my eyes glazed over at the rows of basics, neutrals and sea of solids. My mission suddenly became clear: GRAPHICS. They're everywhere this season — except in my closet. Read on to see how I attempt pattern prowess and kick solid colors to the curb.
Starting off nice and easy with this Susana Monaco graphic silk dress. I’m getting so many compliments already! Graphics seem to be a conversation piece, a “print” accessory just like a bold necklace or statement bag. I guess I’m still a little gun shy on rocking full-on pattern, so I paired it with this cropped black vest, wide silver cuff and western flat booties.
I saw this graphic blazer hanging in the window of a vintage shop on Elizabeth Street and had to try it on! The print resembles something Aztec but the bias cut still feels modern. I paired it with a more subtly-striped summer dress in the same muted tone. Normally, I’d pair this dress with a black blazer but this feels "revamped" I guess? Wedge heel biker boots complete the look.
I’m slowly coming around to this whole graphic mindset so I’m branching out (hey hey!) with two patterns paired together. This polka dot Elizabeth and James silk piece (it’s actually a onesie) with the print shorts I bought at Anthropologie at the end of last season? I think it works! I slapped on a red, mod cuff and then slipped on these suede fringe Sam Edelman boots.
So I’m realizing my inner potential for prints, but also my unconscious love for blacks, browns and whites. Gah. My last three outfits have been depressingly void of color, so I wanted to go bold for Day Four. Rushed for time in the morning (hence the wet hair), I threw on this blue-hued Partimi silk dress and paired it with a pair of sneakers my boyfriend just brought back from a trip to Barcelona. I love the black/red print detail around the ankle! Last, a pop of green on my wrist rounds out the look.
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