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Adding Interest to an Outfit Without Print of Pattern

When I was in high school and college I wore a lot of black. I still do. It took me a long time to get comfortable with wearing colors and prints. To this day I still prefer solids over patterns. I absolutely love cute florals and adore plaid but when I get dressed in the morning, I automatically reach for something solid. 

My way of adding interest without adding a print or a pattern? Texture. Anything that creates visual interest. I love wearing a top with a peplum or a hint of lace. Look at the pleating, hems and sleeves for ways a solid shirt can become out of the ordinary. Waffle knit is my new obsession because it's functional (keeps me warm) and it adds visual interest. Sweater knits, linen, Jacquard, flowy chiffon, lace and destroyed denim are all great ways to do this too. Combine different textures for a mixed media look like this shirt: 

Solid doesn't have to be boring, quite the opposite really. It can be just as fabulous and beautiful as any print. Building a wardrobe with basic solids is actually more valuable than filling a closet with prints as you can mix, match and create endless possibilities. Don't get me wrong, prints are amazing too; florals are a necessity and striped blouses are a must for work. I have plenty of each of those as well.

And don't forget - solid basics create a canvas on which you can express yourself through fabulous accessories. That's something I'll discuss next time! What's your favorite way to dress up an outfit? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear it!


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