2 events, 2 different prints-on-prints outfits. Because Solange is awesome like that.
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Solange's trademark patterned style may not have technically begun with *that* brick motif pantsuit (a quick Getty search shows she was test-driving the look long before that), but let's be real for a sec. Ever since the singer won us over with last fall's "Losing You" music video, her outfit choices reflect one seriously steadfast fashion philosophy: more prints are DEFINITELY merrier. From her Met Gala Suno gown to those matchy ladylike performance outfits, this is a star who's taken a very particular look and totally owned it. And now, proving just how versatile these wild patterns can really be, Solange has given us an extra dose of wardrobe inspiration with two very different twists on the trend.
Holland Roden, Adam Lambert, Ashley Benson, Jaden Smith, and Audrina Patridge at the 'NYLON' magazine Young Hollywood Issue party in Hollywood on May 14.
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Whew, if there's one event we'd want to squeeze into all year long, it'd definitely be last night's Young Hollywood party hosted by NYLON! I mean, literally all of our favorite people arrived decked out in the most effortlessly-cool ensembles, and, oddly enough, they all seemed to stick with one particular trend—the head-to-toe monochrome look. Holland Roden, Adam Lambert, Ashley Benson, Jaden Smith, and Audrina Patridge sported outfits devoid of ANY color (like, not even on the shoes or accessories, y'all), and considering it's almost summer AND they're in California, this feels pretty out of character, dontcha think? Luckily, us New Yorkers love a good ol' gothy ensemble, so we're obsessed with their dark take on typically springy trends.
How many times have you looked back at Solange's SXSW outfits or Katy Perry's two-piece KCA steez and thought, "MAN, I really want to try the matchy smatchy top and bottom look, but have NO idea where to get that in my price range?" Welp, for a while, you were totally right. It was a style reserved for phresh-out-the-runway boutiques and a completely different tax bracket, but never fear, fellow non-celebs, we have located the look WITHIN our price range. Some retailers like Topshop and River Island make it easy with dedicated co-ordinates shopping sections, but other places require a little more digging to uncover a full set. Luckily for you, we did the dirty work already and organized our findings neatly by category, and we're pretty sure we've found a printed co-ordinates set for every steez. Check it out!
CROP TOPS + SKIRTS
Get warm weather-ready in matching pairs.
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Have any dresses with cut-outs or sheer panels at the waist? These crop top + skirt pairings are basically the same thing but taken to the next level. A short top worn with a skirt so high-waisted only a subtle sliver of skin shows through. They work in sleeveless + bodycon combinations like this Tomorrow Land Crop Tank ($48.00) and Skirt ($55.00) pair from Nasty Gal or in short-sleeved + skater skirt looks like this polka-dotted top ($32.00) and bottom ($36.00) from River Island or this floral shirt ($54.30) and skirt ($67.88) by Minkpink from ASOS.
Kim Kardashian and Paloma Faith sport glove sleeves at the 2013 Met Gala.
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A funny thing happened on the 2013 Met Gala red carpet. No, not the thing where Beyonce paid homage to Katniss Everdeen. It was the thing where Kim Kardashian and Paloma Faith both implemented a styling choice we have no better term for at 1 AM than "glove sleeves." The rare fashion phenomenon of gloves sleeves, as you've probably already deduced, happens when a garment's sleeve does not end with a hem or a cuff and instead, extends and splinters into fingers. It's definitely a look and one that caught us by surprise tonight, especially because not one but TWO ladies sported the look down the "Punk: Chaos to Couture" step-and-repeat. And what's more punk than unabashedly wearing something almost no one understands?
Rita Ora wore a UNIF clear jacket at Coachella.
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We're not the only ones feeling the spring fever vibes around here, you guys. Leave it to Rita Ora to get a major head start on some KEY warm weather trends this month, from rocking that old-meets-new version of the gladiator boot to strutting her stuff in a basketball jersey dress. Now the pop star's bringing yet another unexpected piece smack dab onto everyone's radar: the clear jacket. We spotted the singer traipsing around the Coachella festival grounds several weeks ago, repping her trademark tomboy style (and uh, showing off her rock hard abs) in a graphic Carven skirt, fresh white Supergas, a HUF hat, and, the piece de resistance, her see-through moto jacket. Remember when Lady Gaga hopped on the transparent clothing fad early in her plastic frock at the 2010 EMA?! Well, Rita's version definitely a more wearable option for everyone who isn't brave enough to wear nipple stickers IRL. In other words, most of us...?
Well, there's no denying it. Overalls are BACK! And these denim dungarees haven't only returned in full force, they've become a major fashion trend, popping up on the runways at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Agnes B, and Jason Wu, as well as on celebs like the current overall MVP, Alexa Chung. Before you roll your eyes at us, like, "Duh, Alexa Chung can wear ANYTHING and look good," hold up— we were skeptical at first, too. But after doing some seriously in-depth research (otherwise known as cruising our favorite online stores and stalking their selection), we've realized that overalls are actually way easier to pull off than they appear. You don't necessarily HAVE to go full-on farmer status, channel *NSync, or even rock flashy leather to get in on the look...there are tons of ways to reach a happy medium with style secrets like classic black, '70s silhouettes, or even prints. See the long and short of it here!
Denim dungarees get a cool new update.
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Overalls were originally designed for blue collar workers way back in 19th century, thanks to their durable fabric and functional cut. Needless to say, these onesies have come a long, long way since their humble beginnings on the farms and in factories. This gorgeous image of Kate Moss sporting hers should be reason enough to give this trend a spin; but if that's not enough to convince you of their long-staying '90s popularity, these basic blues also made pit stops throughout the decade on stars like TLC, Destiny's Child, and even the Olsens. Despite the fact that Man Repeller has given them her seal of approval, ironically enough, the 21st century iteration of the look has a decidedly flattering appeal. Think Jane Birkin-inspired trousers, sleek colorways, and a slimmer leg. OR you could always go the Rihanna for River Island route with two-toned separates...
Selena Gomez in NYC on April 24, Rihanna on a plane on April 20, and Rita Ora in London on Feb. 16.
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Hi, world! Remember gladiator sandals? Heh, well, they're back. In case you forgot, between 2005 and 2008 these strappy shoes we ALL the rage. Whether they were low-top, high-top, studded, tasseled, bedazzled or anything in between, everyone wanted their hands (er, feet?) on a pair. Eventually, they made their way out of the fashion world, and we haven't looked back—until now. We can't stop spotting celebrities wearing the strappy, Roman-inspired shoes as of late (see: Selena Gomez, Rihanna, and Rita Ora), and we need to discuss. I mean, we have to admit we're not too surprised at their comeback considering they were all over the Spring/Summer 2013 runways—everyone from Alexander Wang to Proenza Schouler decked out their models in knee-high gladiator shoes. The only difference is that this time around we're supposed to refer to them as "cutaway boots." Got it? Got it.
Selena Gomez in New York City.
From her clear accessories to subtle belly-baring pieces, there's absolutely no question that Selena Gomez has a real knack for whipping out ensembles we'd gladly steal for our own closets. But although Sel looking cute is nothing new, it's rarer when an outfit singlehandedly causes SUCH a stir that we stop whatever we're doing immediately to steal it for ourselves. Seriously, though! As soon as we spotted the actress and singer at Elvis Duran's radio show yesterday in New York dressed in all-over floral print, we knew we HAD to track this little number down. Luckily the communal search party didn't take too long, since her silk pajama-inspired pants, "Get It Girl" graphic tee, and white strappy heels are all from the same place: 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Unless you happen to be one of those lucky people who never gets hot and sweaty (seriously though, what's their sercret?!), looking cute at a festival like Coachella is a tough feat to pull off. We're talking about a situation where you're sitting outside all day under the beating sun, surrounded by thousands of pushing people all elbowing to see the same band you want to...not exactly a picture-perfect moment. But hey, it IS possible, and some of our MTV Style favorites are here to prove it. It seemed like everyone and their mother hit Indio for weekend 1 of the fest, and over the course of 72 hours, some key trends emerged. Whether it's stars like Solange sporting ladylike dresses, Karen O in crazy prints, K.Stew in her trademark snapback, or Vanessa Hudgens in a flower crown (yep, they're still around), these musicians and their famous fans manage to keep cool without sacrificing style. See how they did it below!
Solange, Katy Perry, and Jessie Ware at 2013 Coachella.
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Alright, so we all know that Miss Solange Knowles is the reigning queen of festival dressing. Rather than stick with lazy girl options like ripped denim and cropped tops, she cranks up the quirk in retro originals like printed suits and button-ups. She rocked this look hard at SXSW, but this weekend the singer gave her signature style a ladylike spin in a lemon-print sleeveless frock and matching yellow sandals. Not that she would ever need to, but Katy Perry also proved her pinup status at the Lacoste party decked out in a Dolce & Gabbana skirt and bra set (also the same one Iggy Azalea wore in her "Work" music video). Then there's Jessie Ware, rounding out the trio in a red and white striped crop top and printed tea length skirt. Whereas Solange and Katy opted for heels, Jessie shed her shoes to go barefoot during her performance. She topped off her look with some raver pigtail buns, and somehow, we love her even more than before.