Olivia Harvey
Updated Mar 07, 2017 @ 6:12 pm
Michael Kors Collection Fall 2017 Runway Show - Backstage
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Opting to keep an outfit within a basic black-and-white color scheme is often seen as playing it safe. But Blake Lively just flip-kicked that stigma into a tailspin with her latest clothing creation. Lively’s recent mixed-pattern outfit is black, white, and absolutely fabulous all over.

The actress was spotted with sister Robyn as the two headed to the Marchesa fashion show during New York City Fashion Week. The pair had just attended the Michael Kors show where Lively dressed in a ’60s inspired ensemble. After a quick change, we’re feeling some serious Molly Ringwald circa 1986 via Lively’s houndstooth coat, polkadot trumpet skirt, and bright white heels.

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And check out these wonderfully ’80s Aviator sunglasses. Swoon!

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So how in the heck is Lively getting away with wearing all these patterns at once? Let’s break it down. Firstly, she kept everything within the same color palette. Black-and-white is a great scheme to mix patterns in because it’s basic. You want the pattern to be the subject of interest, not the color of the garment.

Secondly, vary the sizes of the patterns. Note how Lively chose a vest with a larger pattern to offset the small polkadots and houndstooth. That larger pattern will immediately draw the eye to one portion of the outfit rather than having the eye bounce around to try to figure out which pattern is what.

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Lastly, when mixing patterns, it’s best to leave accessories to a minimum. Here Lively only has a few rings on her fingers and some classic sunnies. The patterns are the only accessories you need.

We’re loving Blake Lively’s Cruella de Vil inspired ’80s ensemble. Mixing patterns within your comfortable color scheme is a great way to step outside the box and draw positive attention and respect from fellow fashionistas.