Graphic splash: Be bold and get on the grid
Thick stripes combine with crisp plaids, strong silhouettes and a splash of color for a look that's fresh and modern.
FRESH AND CRISP: Express top, $49.50 at express.com; H&M jeans, $39.90 at H&M Beverly Center; Forever 21 belt, $4.80 at Forever 21 Beverly Center; CC Skye bracelets, $110 each, and ring, $62 at www.ccskye.com; Theory shoes, $375 at Cusp, Century City. On the Cover: Rory Beca dress, $322 at Elle H. Boutique, Laguna Beach; CC Skye bracelet, $160, CC Skye ring, $62 at www.ccskye.com; Nine West shoes, $130 at ninewest.com. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
The idea is easy to work into a daily wardrobe, but remember: A little goes a long way. If you pair contrasting prints as Van Noten did on the runway, it's easy to wind up looking like a Magic Eye poster. Start with one patterned piece, or a piece with a graphic print covering just a portion of the garment.
Try a dress with a few thick stripes across the bottom à la Mary Quant, or throw a cropped, graphic-plaid jacket over a simple black dress. Or pair one graphic item with a strong, solid piece, such as black jeans or a solid, dark skirt. The graphic look should play out through the entire ensemble, in pieces with similar hard shapes and lines. In this case, slouchy and strong don't mix. Accent hard lines with a small splash of color such as a thin yellow belt or bright red sandals. You can also try the look more subtly with accessories. This season's hot trend in cage shoes has a similar graphic aesthetic and can add the same tough feeling as a bold pattern.