Thinking Outside The Box: "PRINT IS THE NEW BLACK"


There is a huge difference between "dressing well" and being "fashionable". In my opinion, just because you dress nicely does not automatically mean that you are stylish. Being fashionable means being daring and trying out new things, and most importantly, it involves thinking outside the box.

Gone are the good ol' days when basic black was everyone's favorite go-to outfit. Now, clothes are becoming more and more vibrant -- prints, patterns, and colors are worn together to create striking ensembles. Basically, the bolder, the better!


I used to be the type of person who almost always wore black. To me, black was classy and chic. While that may still be true today, people are becoming more and more competitive in the world of fashion and somewhere along the way, style has evolved into something more eye-catching and daring.

When the TV show Gossip Girl first came out, the first thing I noticed was the characters' wardrobe choices. Let's face it, we all watched that show mostly because it provided a lot of style inspirations in the form of Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen. 




What I noticed about the characters of Gossip Girl back then was that even though they each had their own personal style, they all had one thing in common: their clothes were always bold and colorful, which was part of the reason they attracted so much attention. Gossip Girl characters are perfect examples of mixing and matching done right.

As soon as I realized this, I started experimenting more with colors and various prints, and the rest is history (or so they say). While wearing simple black and white outfits will always be something I'll go back to every once in a while, I must say that I prefer wearing a creative mixture of patterns and different colors.

I deeply encourage all of you to be more experimental when it comes to fashion because ultimately, that's what it's all about -- fun, creativity, and expression.


Someone asked a friend of mine recently for ideas on what she could pair with her new floral leggings. My friend responded, telling her that "a plain black top or plain white top" was the only option.

This somehow saddened me because as much as I love my friend, I realized how narrow-minded some people still are when it comes to fashion. Now, please don't take this the wrong way. I am not saying that my friend has no sense of style. I'm just merely pointing out that a lot of people become complacent when it comes to picking out their clothes, and they no longer try to think outside the box.

If you ask me what you could pair with floral leggings, my answer to you would be an endless list of possibilities: Perhaps a leather jacket? Or a striped sweater? Or maybe polka dots? Stripes? Or a white top, yellow top, blue top, green top, red top, etc.? Like I said, the possibilities are endless. Definitely not just a white or black top.


With my blog, I really hope I can inspire people to become more creative when it comes to picking out their outfits. If you're not comfortable wearing so many prints all at once, maybe you can try mixing and matching colors first? There is no hard-and-fast rule on what works and what doesn't. The key here is to experiment with different things and various combinations until you find what looks good on you.

I do understand that everyone has their own personal style, and not everybody will like the whole "print on print" trend. My aim here is not to force you all to wear things that you don't want to. I only want to inspire you to go beyond the norm.

In life, you're given a choice. Do you choose to be plain and blend in with the rest of the crowd? Or will you choose to be daring, unique, innovative, and be remembered?

After all, nobody ever made their mark in history by playing it safe.

x



44 comments:

  1. Gossip girl! I remember watching the show because 1. The fashion thing going on was just perfect. They were quite the trendsetter and 2. Nate Archibald and Chuck Bass, need I say more? Haha. I agree bold colors and prints are making a scene and I love it. The prints I really love right now are florals, hounds-tooth and polka dots. :) I love this post so much Kyle!

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  2. I love wearing prints too. But I stick to one print at a time. I don't think I would be able to carry off print-mixing :P

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  3. Print IS the new black and I love all of this print mixing!

    Heidi D.
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  4. I always adore Blair's outfit! She's always stunning with her outfits!


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  5. Love the print :D

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  6. I love prints!

    But I think I'll stick to black more ;)



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  7. Great inspiration.so beautiful.loved gossip girl the fashion was on another
    Letter
    Cheers

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  8. Cool post, very interesting! And I really like these Gossip Girl's pictures! =D

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    xoxo,
    Jess

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  9. ohh Gossip girl!! I used to love that show! They always had such bold styles!
    I love the idea of wearing prints since it definately is an eye catcher. I personally don't wear too much bold colors, but I really want to experiment more with prints!

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  10. Oh I completely agree with you! I love combining bold prints, patterns and colors. I think fashion is a way we can express a little bit of our personality and let me tell you my personality is rather loud :) so yeah! I'm so in love with this trend. Thanks for this post, I loved Gossip girl and their amazing outfits too!

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  11. Super cool outfit and very nice post
    Great pics too anyway :)
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  12. Great selection of prints
    Love all the colors
    Great post
    xoxo
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  13. Great looks, sweetie !
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  14. I totally agree with the last sentence!
    Prints are lovely!
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  15. Inspiring write up and yeah everybody loved gossip girl because of their fashion sense. Gossip girl is like the modern day sex and the city when it comes to fashion.

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  16. You HAVE actually inspired me to be more creative with the outfits I wear esp when it comes to colour and prints, but "print on print" will always be something I'd see as amazing on people but not on me :P hahaha. Well that's how I think now anyway, but who knows in the future right? I miss reading your posts Kyle! Time to catch up :)

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  17. Very beautiful prints dear! I love this trend!

    XOXO!

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  18. love all the clothes in gossip girl..

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  19. print print print! Im loving this challenge... mostly how well it looks on Leighton Meester ^^
    xoxo

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  20. wearing bright outfit can brighten up the day! love this post.

    xx
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  21. So inspiring outfits. Thanks for shairing.
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  22. I love fun prints, and it's definitely not easy to wear them, but when they are combined in the right way they can be quite spectacular.

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  23. Great combos!! I fell in love with the first one!! kisses!!

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  24. So inspirational, I would love to get into mixing and matching different prints bit more! :)

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  25. Prints are for the win! :) Great post, Kylie babe.

    xx,
    Jewel
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  26. I love prints and I agree with you - it's great to have fun with fashion and mix different prints to be unique and not one of the rest of the crowd! :)

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  27. So addicted to prints too! ;-)

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  28. awesome post! prints are so fun to play with and i love that more and more people are experimenting with prints :D

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  29. Nice post! I miss watching Gossip Girl. :) Love the prints. I haven't tried wearing prints on prints but I'd love to try it soon. I hope it looks good on me.

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  30. GREAT INSPIRATION ! :D

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  31. looks absolutely beautiful,love this style
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  32. I totally agree with you! Everyone can look nice with the clothes from H&M Zara etc, but that doesn't mean you really have style. The gossip girl characters definitely do!

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  33. that doesn't mean you really have style.

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  34. Love, love, love prints! :) I guess it doesn't matter which clothing brand you're wearing, so long as you can look good on it, then poof that's all good. :)

    Love this post!

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  35. "just because you dress nicely does not automatically mean that you are stylish"-nicely put and I firmly believe the idea that just because a person owns too many designers doesn't make that person style savvy! great blog btw :)

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