When getting dressed everyday, it’s easy to get caught up in the madness of your closet. The brightest colors always compete for attention, and the eyes are subconsciously drawn to bold and textured pieces. It becomes all too simple to believe that wearing an exciting outfit means throwing on the loudest print in your wardrobe. When surveying your options, it’s important not to underestimate the power of solid colors. The look is prim, polished and when done right, transforms you into the opposite of a fashion wallflower. This Fashionista has the solid color trend down pat. Her black dress from Bounce boutique is the epitome of classic sophistication, and the ruched waist and delicate scalloped edging on the bodice display feminine design at its finest. Her Urban Outfitters cardigan adds the right boost of color to the look without being overwhelming. She accessorizes the outfit to perfection with her retro Ray Bans and urban-chic black leather boots from Target. Solid-color frocks are effortlessly basic to find while shopping. American Apparel is a mecca for solid and monochrome shades. Their Stretch Velvet Double U-Neck Mini is especially covetable as temperatures begin to dip, and is available in classic black or more daring burgundy and turquoise. J Crew’s array of solid-hued sweaters is luxe and cozy, and many styles (like the Dream draped-V sweater) are heavy enough to wear in the place of a jacket. On bottom, Forever 21’s Cuffed Tweed pants in heather gray scream old-school campus preppy, and Free People’s Super Skinny Five-Pocket Corduroys in gray and taupe are perfect neutrals. The best part of the solid color trend is that it is essentially an open canvas upon which to accessorize. Play up your best features with a chunky jewelry, or take that extra step with eye-popping makeup.
Hint: Just because solid colors are not as in-your-face as prints doesn't mean the outfit can’t be eye-catching. Color and accessories are your best weapons with this trend. Try wearing a shade that you normally wouldn’t, like red for your bottoms or yellow on top. Solid colors can be minimalist, but they certainly don’t have to be quiet.