Fashion Evolution Chronicles: Solely Solids

Prints are great, but it's time to let the construction of a garment speak for itself.
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Personal style changes when you move to a new city... especially New York City. I recently moved from small-town Iowa to Manhattan, and it didn't take long for me to act on all of the great fashion inspiration the city has to offer.

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Photo Credit: ELLE

If you asked if there is someone in the room who likes to wear prints, I would be the first to raise my hand. Textures? My hand goes up even higher. Florals, stripes, faux furs, beads, abstracts– I love them all.

However, since moving to Manhattan, I've noticed that the most pulled-together women in this city are often wearing solid colors. What makes their outfits stand out is the impressive structure and cut of the pieces they choose to wear, (not to mention their sleek hair and impeccable nail beds).

Whether the ensemble is composed of pastels, denim-on-denim, or black from head-to-toe, I know these women know how to dress themselves. Prints and textures are easy and fun, but solids take careful thought and consideration to pull off successfully.

I have a newfound appreciation for solids, and have really enjoyed styling them for myself. You can grab a few cute pieces from stores like H&M and Forever 21, but if you find something you absolutely fall in love with, don't be afraid to invest. Solids will never go out of style– you can count on that.

So, how do you style solids? Remember to keep your hair, makeup and nails equally on-point with your clothes, since solids create a unified look as a whole, rather than having a "statement piece" that steals all the attention.

Above all, solids should never have to be boring. Scroll down to learn how to wear solely solid outfits to fit your style:

Golden and Glowing

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Product Information - Top: Mango,  Cropped Pants: Zara, Shoes: & Other Stories, Necklace: & Other Stories, Illuminator: L'Oreal, Lip Balm: Ulta, Nails: Essie in "Find Me An Oasis"

One of the easiest ways to look effortless in the summer is with a crisp white top. Wear this structured tee for an easy look, or choose a collared shirt for a more professional approach. (Marigold dress pants are fine for a dressy occasion, if styled correctly!)

Complement your bright cropped pants with a glowing complexion. Use L'Oreal illuminator for subtle, shimmering cheekbones. Top off this summer face with a peachy balm, which is a nice summer staple to replace sticky, gloppy lip gloss.

Sleek Sophistication

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Product Information - Dress: Cos, Shoes: Aldo, Bag: Rampage, Lip Color: NARS, Nails: Essie in "Sheer Bliss", Eyeliner: L'Oreal

I love a good wrap dress. The DVF silhouette is a classic, but for a more modern take, try a structured number that hits right above the knee.

You can never go wrong with head-to-toe black, especially when you pair it with a bright lip and pale manicure. Court heels take this look to work, while cute sandals and a clutch can take this look to dinner with friends.

Effortless Ensemble

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Product Information - Turtleneck: Topshop, Pants: Mango, Shoes: Naturalizer, Crossbody Bag: Warehouse, Earrings: Kate Spade, Hairstyle: ELLE

A sleeveless turtleneck paired with pleated pants and slip-ons is the perfect way to say, "I know I look good, but I barely tried."

A muted, warm palette is safe for any occasion, and the low, sleek ponytail is a strong nod toward sophistication. "Granny pants" are a fashion risk, but if worn with confidence (and a few trendy pieces: i.e. a saddle bag and woven sandals), you can't go wrong.

What do you think?

Would you wear solids from head-to-toe? Do you have any of these (or similar) styles in your closet? Which look is your favorite? Don't forget to comment below!

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