Pretty In Print :: geo print + burgundy heels

Friday, September 4, 2015

A bold pattern in an elegant cut is the definition of modern chic. Think geometric designs or graphic prints in a striking black and white combo. This full-on geo look I'm rocking is perfect for the pre-fall season because it's loud without being obnoxious and eye-catching without being over-the-top. 
To the naked eye (especially from afar) it would appear as if I'm wearing a dress. But surprise! This is actually two pieces. I bought them together but I love that I can wear them apart too. Checkout how I styled the tee here. Despite their quirky print, both pieces are quite versatile, but there is something dramatic about wearing them together that I can't resist. 
For those of you who have been following my blog since January, you know that these burgundy heels are my baby. I can't believe this is the first time I've posted about them this whole summer. But hey, better late than never! I absolutely adore burgundy (shoutout to Pantone's color of the year) and having burgundy be the pop of color in this otherwise color-muted look was icing on the cake for me. They make such an impact and help bring this already bold ensemble to super-fierce status. 
When picking my jewelry, I didn't want to overwhelm the print or upstage my shoes, but at the same time I knew I needed a little extra something for pizazz. So I picked a simple gold choker, which elevates my look by complimenting its modern feel. It's not overbearing but it does add a polished touch that completes the entire outfit. 
Sporting a funky midi is simple (even in the office). Just swap your trusty pencil skirt for a standout calf-skimming style and look to geometric prints. At work keep things simple and let the pattern do the talking. 
Bright nails in the spring and summertime are a weakness of mine. I thought it'd be fun to play off the burgundy in my shoes and paint my nails turquoise to give my look a playful twist. 
I've recently tried to step up my makeup game and it's been fun experimenting with smokey eyes, highlighters, and vivid lips. I actually watched a video tutorial to get my eyeshadow just right and I'm really happy with the result. It's not my everyday style, but a gold and gray smokey eye is super fun for a night out. It just adds to the drama of this whole look!   
Photos by Brooke Faison 
[top: Loft  // skirt: Loft (I also love this one) // heels: Ann Taylor  (similar here) // choker: Ann Taylor (super similar one here) // earrings: fine jewelry (similar here) // headband: Loft (similar here) // gold knot bracelet: Kate Spade // gold bangle: Alex & Ani // heart bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

I'm clearly not in New York City in these photos. These were actually taken back in North Carolina right before I graduated college. But seeing all these back-on-campus statuses and posts has me feeling super nostalgic since this is my first year not returning to school. So I decided this would be the perfect time to post the last photos I have of me on my alma mater's campus. As the sun sets on one adventure, it rises on another! I'm very excited to see what this fall will bring here in The Big Apple. Stay tuned! 


  1. love your look from head to toe, so pretty dress and heels :)

  2. Very stylish dress <3
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  3. Love it!

    Lots of love.

  4. Love this geo dress!! Great find!

  5. Love those shoes! You look very pretty!

  6. I was just thinking the same thing - I kind of miss first days of college. The fresh notebooks, the crisp fresh morning air... I don't miss the cramming and finals haha
    Love this photos!

    Happy Medley

  7. Love your shoes, but definitely love you MORE. Miss you so much, pretty lady <3

  8. I miss seeing you around, Kathleen! Love the shoes in this photoshoot, but I definitely love you MORE. <3

  9. Gorgeous pattern. I thought it was a dress, too. And those shoes!

  10. ooh what a stunning dress! the geometric print is fantastic! :)

  11. it look like u have a dress!
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  12. these photos are stunning! absolutely loving the bold geo print! :)

    Metallic Paws

  13. Perfect outfit :)

  14. Lovely dress you look really nice.

  15. In love with your geo printed dress and these shoes are TDF!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  16. I love the location of your photo shoot! My favorite piece is the burgundy heels! And I also live in nyc :) - read that in your bio.

  17. YES! Love this two piece! How is your first year feeling? What are you going into?

    Oh yea, and I totally love this lighting!


  18. Love this set! I remember seeing it online and wanting it. Looks great on you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  19. Loving this dress! you look amazing!


  20. Love the shoes, and the dress! You look amazing! <3 <3

    Kiss Me Darling

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  22. Amazing pictures. How do you take them on a track like that? I have always since I started blogging wanted pictures in a similar location. I adore your look. I am surprised its a two piece set. The print is definitely my style- love bold and unique prints.

  23. love love love your dress, you look wonderful!

  24. Love your retro outfit! the dress is perfect!

    Zapatos Rojos

  25. Yes I did think you were wearing a dress! That is a great pattern too. And looks spot on with those shoes.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  26. Beautiful and chic! Love your cute two piece set. Happy Tuesday Kat!

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  28. OMG! This outfit is amazing! I love how you paired the top and skirt together for an extra bold look!

  29. This outfit is Awesome!!! I love that this is actually two pieces. Totally perfect and 10000% versatile!

    Best of luck with what NYC will bring. I'm sure it will be fabulous!

    Something About That

  30. so beautiful
    you look so stunning
    love those shoes

  31. These heels are stunning! burgundy is such a beautiful color and goes so well with this bold outfit.

  32. That print is epic!!!!

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  33. perfect colors of photos! sunset <3