Classic Monochromatic

Updated on Aug 02, 2014
black square Lucy Mint sunglasses - black black and white Michael Kors top
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What I Wore: TOP: Michael Kors | SKIRT: Forever21 | SUNGLASSES: c/o Lucy Mint | BRACELET: Hanjiun Designs | HEELS: BCBG | NECKLACE: c/o Lucy Mint

I’m a huge fan of the recent comeback of the whole monochromatic look – it’s just so classy, don’t you think? Instead of layering simple black and white pieces together, I challenged myself to rock the stripes and polkadot pattern mixing trend as well. I must say, I’m quite pleased with the outcome! What do you think? Comment below!

Here are my rules for how to wear stripes and polkadots together:

- Scale

There’s nothing worse than oversized dots and wide stripes taking over your entire look! The same can be said for microdots and tiny stripes – talk about a headache! When you’re ready to mix prints you have a couple of things to pay attention to, the most important o which is scale.

Pick either the large dots with small stripes or the wide stripes and small polka dots. By playing with the scale of each print you allow one to be the spotlight and the other to be a subtle compliment.

- Color

These prints play best together when they are of the same family group. Keep in mind that anything can be mixed against black, white, or nude, since these are the basic neutrals. When you keep it in the same color scheme there is a better chance of the look being perceived as cohesive and not mismatched or worse yet, clashing.

- Stripes on Stripes / Dots on Dots

A word on mixing two different styles of stripes or dots: First off, if you’re going to double up on stripes, choose either vertical or horizontal. If you choose to intermix both vertical and horizontal lines, I guarantee you will look very confusing. The same rules of scale and color apply to doubling up on these prints.

xo, Kate

*Disclaimer: Some of the items featured in this outfit were gifted, however all opinions expressed are my own. Please see my policies page for more details. Thank you!*

Comments (3)

lizolsen2011
lizolsen2011 on August 08
print mixing perfection.
genni
genni on August 03
chic!
anonymours
anonymours on August 03
cute top
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