Black and White, Reimagined

Mixing patterns is a big trend right now, and while I think it looks great on the runway, it can be a bit difficult to pull off in everyday life. It seems to me that the trick for not looking too over the top is sticking to a simple color scheme; the easiest being black and white.

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A soft, stripped t-shirt is a great starting point since the versatile print can be both classic and edgy at the same time. I recommend pairing the top with high-waisted black shorts and casually tucking the shirt in the front or on the side (aka “The Front Tuck.”) To keep the look on-trend, pair this casual outfit with a black and white shoe that has a slightly different pattern. The matching colors will keep this look polished while the opposing prints give it a fresh and trendy vibe.

To break up all of the black and white, complete the look with a warm, saddle brown colored handbag, modern sunnies with a geometric shape that ever-so-slightly mimic the patterns in this ensemble, and a few gold midi rings for touch of delicate femininity that subtly contrast the bold patterns in this look.

Remember, building an outfit–especially one involving mis-matched patterns–is kind of like putting a puzzle together. Each piece is a component of the look and has to offer something in order to fit perfectly. Proportion, texture, print, comfort, and contrast work together to make up the perfect look. So get creative and think outside the box!

You can click the pictures to shop the look on my Polyvore, but keep in mind, this outfit is so classic and simple that the pieces can easily be found at any price range. If you recreate this OOTD, I’d love to see it so post a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #MissVranHalen so I can check it out.
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