IN or OUT: Solange Knowles in Marni

Posted on March 12, 2013

We’re going to keep this one very simple, darlings. We see no need to get wordy about it.


Solange Knowles attends the Verizon Wireless & Nokia Music Live from Austin event in Austin, Texas in Marni.

Marni Pre-Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Irina Kravchenko (NATHALIE)


Too many polka dots? Or just enough?

Vote Now!


IN! Just enough!


OUT! Too many!


We, for our parts, consider this the perfect number of polka dots for Miss Solange, and we LOVE this look.

The Kittens could not rally behind Anna Kendrick’s tweed shorts and leather-trimmed jacket, voting the look OUT.

[Photo Credit: Spencer Selvidge,]

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  • Sobaika

    IN. This is a borderline-werq for me!

  • Rand Ortega

    Just enough!
    Only Solange could pull this off. Anyone else would look like a chicken pox explosion. Fantastic!

    • PeggyOC

       Agreed.  You took the words right out of my mouth. 

  • Claire Scott

    In! Solange can work endless Polka Dots

  • Judy_S

    In. Adorable.

  • I love it. In. 

    I do wish the jacket was a fraction of an inch shorter, just to showcase the skirt a bit more. 

  • I think she looks sharp as shit, but epileptics might disagree.


  • gabbilevy

    IN! Just enough. She rocks.

  • SewingSiren

    Just enough.
    Perfect number in my book in fact. Much better than the botched dots of Eva Mendes the other day.

  • Indigo54

    Well I’ll be damned!  I actually love it – except the shoes.  IN

    • 3boysful

       I want to hate the shoes, but somehow, I’m kinda digging them . . . .

    •  Love the shoes. But the shoes on the model–eeek!!!

      • kimmeister

        The white flaps look like alien skeleton toes sticking out of mary janes!

  • fringebenefit


  • Kathy_Marlow

    IN..only she could do this though

  • aykhan

    Love it! It’s surprisingly harmonious, and I can even tolerate the white shoes. Total IN.

  • phylora

    IN. Love her.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    As I believe I mentioned in a previous post this week, I LOVE me some polka dots, so I’m tempted to give this an IN just on that basis, but really, this is too many of the same size/tone of polka dots even for me, so OUT.  There needed to be more contracts between the pieces.

    • charlotte

       Glad I’m not the only one.

    • Ditto. I love polka dots but this color palette is drab, drab, drab. And white shoes are too crisp and clean for drab.

      (yes, I know the dots are white but they are reading beige)

  • Before I read your comments, I looked and though, I really do love this… I agree, just the right amount of polka dots. In for the win.

  • It’s making me dizzy. OUT. 

    • Louise Bryan

      I’m with you.  It made my eyes goofy.  I think she looks cute, but I’m not sure because I can’t see straight.  Have to give it an OUT.

    • k b

      My pregnant nausea has just reached climax. Warning: carry gravol for your friends when wearing this.

  • Jangle57

    While I think staring at this too long could lead me to seeing perpetual spots before my eyes, I still find it oddly cute.  IN

  • I have rarely — if ever — been mad at a polka dot in my life, so I say IN.  Also, what is the deal with all the white shoes lately?  I mean, these are just interesting enough to escape my ire, but I am loathe to embrace white heels in general.

    • Introspective

      i warned my fellow bks about the cracked out white shoe craze earlier today. solo has confirmed that the end is nigh.

      but the polka dots, though crazy and setting off an eye twitch, still land on the side of cute. in with a small i.

  • JuliaInBlack

    Two scoops of IN with sprinkles on top.

  • AuntJentie

    Cute, except the shoes are startling.  IN.

  • Janet B

    How is it I’m tired of white shoes already? Oh, because they have been so poorly used (so far) this month.

    In, barely.

    •  If you can’t wear white shoes with an outfit with white polka dots, you can’t wear them.

  • Hetha Innis

    In! I love it!

  • IN.  This is a WERQ for me, actually.  She has so much style.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    In.  Love it.  On the model shot – anyone see crazy white toes hanging down from the pants instead of the tassel flap on the shoes at first?  Just me?

    • Sue_Asponte

       Not just you!

    • Yes; they look like little feet; those shoes are hideous.

    • Mistie Holler

      Yes! Kind of makes her look like a puppet.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Yes, frightening little animal feet.

    • sleepycat

      OMG I thought they were sandals!

    • pop_top

      I did and it was terrifying.

  • l_c_ann


    Too much

  • OUT. This is borderline Chloe for me.

  • In. She looks ADORABLE, and somehow manages to pull it off without looking twee.

  • Vanja

    In. She looks great.

  • sweetestsith


  • Sue_Asponte

    Perfect number of polka dots! IN! (Though I do wish the skirt were pulled down about two inches. Waist a bit too high, hem a bit too high.)

  • Mistie Holler

    Maybe I’m blinded by the awesomeness of her hair, maybe I’m dazed by all the polka dots… but it’s a definite IN from me!

  • teensmom99

    IN. Even the white shoes don’t look bad.

  • In! Though the slacks would also have rocked, I know a soul sister has to pump up the volume a little for the fans!

  • deliadee

    In.  I like it, I think she looks great.

  • DTLAFamilies

    In, even though to me white shoes will always read Staten Island secretary circa 1984. 

  • IN! love this.

  • f_yeah_marie

    IN!  I even love the suit version on the model.

  • In! This appeals to my inner 5/15/25 year old.

  • CurbGirl

    IN. Lovely (and spot on for this venue).

  • SugarSnap108

    That’s a lotta polka.  But I like.  IN.

    The shoes on the model are freaking me out … I thought the tassels were her toes. 😮

  • In, but looks a little normal for her.

  • In that’s delightful.

  • ashtangajunkie

    IN! She’s fab, and I love polka dots.

  • As far as I’m concerned, rocking that hair will forever be an IN. And the outfit is fabulous.

  • notterriblybitter


    Did anyone else look at the model’s shoes and think “hobbit toes”?

  • NDC_IPCentral

    My astigmatism has been assaulted.  I truly cannot look at that getup without ocular discomfort – I cannot focus on it.  OUT for that reason.  Now I wish I could rub my overloaded optics.

  • Martha Deutsch

    IN. Too many polka dots, and yet she makes it work. 

  • Love everything about it, IN

  • TSkot

    The shoes and mismatched skirt kill it.  (And then there’s that ridiculous hair…)  OUT

  • stagmania

    IN. Love those polka dots.

  • MilaXX

    IN! Love it.

  • alyce1213

    I love me some polka dots, but this is making me a little queazy.  I’m really on the fence, because she looks great, even though I’m not crazy about the outfit.

  • gsk241

    I don’t like polka dots, but I love this on her!  IN!

  • MissMariRose

    Oh, gawd. More white shoes.

    I need to go lie down. 

  • tallgirl1204

    voting out only because the pants version is so, so much fiercer.

  • IN. sooooo IN.

    woulda chosen different shoes, tho.

  • IN! Love the look on her!

  • This is hurting my eyes. Should have stuck with just 2, not 3. If the skirt matched the top I could probably handle it.

  • IN! She’s working these polka dots like they owe her rent!

  • VioletFem

    IN. I like polka dots.

  • Samantha Irene

    Polka Dot Perfect! IN

  • Super cute. IN!!!

  • IAmJ

    Perfect. As IN as it gets.

  • jilly_d

    LOVE! IN!

  • IN!  LOVE!

  • IN. I would even say WERQ! I love that she went all the way with this outfit.

  • With the hair and the legs to balance it out — perf. IN.

  • IN, but with a caveat that it took me a while to consider the virtues of three polka-dot patterns in one outfit.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    IN. But this outfit is like the sun. You cannot stare at it for too long or you’ll start seeing things! 

  • Beardslee

    IN.  The colors tone down all those polka dots and she looks great.  And, of course, sleeves.

  • IN!

  • In. Bold and beautiful.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I don’t know — I like polka dots, but this is just a bit too twee.

  • rhl25

    I usually hate prints. And competing prints make my eyes physically twitch. 
    But I really dig this one. It looks weirdly like the dots are lining up. Which is all kinds of cool. Also, I wish my hair was that fabulous. IN. 

  • Wendi126

    Love it. IN

  • IIIIN! I am disappointed Anna Kendrick was out. This is really cute too. I wish her hair were a little less flat on top – it’d be the perfect punctuation to all those dots. 

  • Clueless_Jock

    Roy Lichtenstein snaps.

  • RocknRollmom

    In for her.  OUT as to the white shoes.  Clearly a trend that I will never get behind.  Great shoe if it were in any other color!

  • lrober03

    IN.  Great choice of shoes to finish the outfit.  

  • lobsterlen

    In.  Eva … This is how you do polka dots.

  • anotherkate

    IN! Especially since it’s a performance look. I dig the hell out of it.

  • call_me_schmeg

    solange is my spirit animal. IN.

  • lesmaha

    IN!! Love it!!

  • LOVE. lady mix-a-lot.

  • IN!

  • Too much eyestrain.  It was the third colour that did it in.

  • Monday1900

    Holy Op Art Batman!  Out–too many dots!  Love the shoes (even though they’re white)

  • Reneesance

    IN, I didn’t actually like it outside but in the venue it looks pitch perfect. 🙂 

  • If she had worn spectator pumps, it would have been too much. This is just right!



  • Too many. Also? Afro is lacking top volume. OUT. 

  • Carla_Charlton

    IN except for the shoes.

  • Anna Tree

    IN. Solange can do no wrong!

  • Jellybish

    IN! J’adore.

  • I like it a lot!

  • IN. I’m not partial to polka dots, so if she’s going to do them, might as well do them like this. Think she looks better than if she was just wearing one polka dot piece. 

  • aleatoire_IL

    In. I know its way to many polka dots but somehow the juxtaposition in colors blend them well. I like her shoes for once.

  • IN. This girl knows how to rock clothes, no matter how mismatched or loud they may be. I think she might have her fashion PhD, yes?

  • peachy

    IN.. love it

  • MsOlympia

    In – she rocks it.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    IN … and one of the few instances where white shoes work.

  • greyhoundgirl

    I LOVE.  In.

  • kimmeister

    Out – too many!

  • nannypoo

    It makes me a little dizzy but I love it anyway.

  • another_laura

    IN – love Love LOVE this on her!

  • IN! Fabulous! All of the polka dots!

  • I hemmed and hawwed over this for about ten minutes before slapping my desk and deciding that it was an IN. Solange works it like no other human on earth could.

  • Imasewsure

    Love it all – can even take the white shoes since they have some edge to them. IN

  • belfebe

    IN!  She looks fuckingfantastica!

  • jmorino08

    In! Fan-fucking-tastic!

  • phrenk

    Looks great, especially for a performance.  IN.

  • Ediths_Head

    In! I’m not a big Marni fan, but Solange is making this work.

  • MoreShoes

    OUT. It gives me headache.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I’d never have guessed that was Marni. Anyway, just the right amount of dots. But I don’t think the jacket works over a pleated skirt of the same length. Still, IN
    The fringe on the model’s shoes is freaking me out. Every time I scroll by I think they’re freakishly long toes.

  • marilyn

    Out.  I don’t like the colors that are put together with the white polka dots.  Also, I am getting queasy just looking at the clothes.  She should  not wear clothes that make people sick.

  • Just enough. She looks fantastic!

  • Vanessa McKinney

    IN! I really like it, so cute and fun.

  • jw_ny


    it all works…somehow…

  • hillmad

    IN! Because it’s Solange!

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    IN! Too many polka dots are good. And those shoes! I don’t think I’d like them in general, but they look fantastic with the rest of her outfit.

  • TieDye64

    Easy IN.

  • altalinda

    Just right.  In.

  • stubbornthoughts

    LOVE. 100% IN. That shot of her at the mic is everything to me.

  • Alyssa

    IN. It is a lot of polka dots, but I happen to love polka dots!

  • OrigamiRose

    IN.  I can’t believe any pulled this off, but she did.  Wowzah.

  • luciaphile

    I should hate this, but I kinda love it. IN.

  • mrssage

    In. She is such a breath of fresh air.

  • IN! Adorbs! Although I don’t like the shoes.

  • You can never have too many polka dots.  And I am unanimous in this.

  • rococodada

    I never say no to dots- IN.

  • Aly Light


  • harleydear

    I kind of love it. IN.

  • IN. A perfect sufficiency of polka dots!

  • Matt Bailer


  • jkatkins

    IN.  Love it.  Not so much the shoes, though.

  • LOVE!

  • formerlyAnon

    IN. I’d go with a lower-case werq, actually.

  • RebeccaKW

    I love it.  In! (also, I love the pantsuit)

  • boweryboy

    Against my better judgment, I hafta give her an IN.

  • lizajane1776

    In in in!

  • Trisha26

    IN. Don’t like the shoes.

  • IN.  Love the polka dots, and I really think those shoes look great with this.

  • Monabel

    Yes, yes! Dots forever! (also, stripes.)

  • butter nut

    IN.  adorable.  really adorable.

  • crash1212

    IN. Love.

  • melanie0866

    Out.  Hurts my eyes.

  • Scarlet39

    IN (but I don’t love the shoes)

  • M Wymarc

    In! Lady’s giving a rockin’ vintage half-tone vibe.

  • DominoEstella

    IN!  Killin it!

  • BobStPaul

    In.  Super cool.

  • decormaven

    “You know you’re cute as hell”- Don Draper. IN!

  • MzzPants


  • Adorable.  IN.

  • VicksieDo

    IN, especially for performing. I want that outfit!  (but I’d have to wear the pieces separately)

  • Bailey Debruynkops

    in, because those colors are perfect

  • Anniebet

    IN. And who would’ve thunk that combination would work so well?

  • Annabelle Archer

    IN. Fun as all get out.

  • elemspbee

    so INNNNN! Love.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    OOOOOOOoooouuuttttttt. Sorry, can’t type, eyes are twitching too hard!

  • ballerinawithagun

    In! And I love these white shoes. I won’t wear white pumps but I have a pair of white T-straps similar to these and I love them. The length on the whole ensemble is perfection. 

  • Melvis Velour

    Since when did Roy Lichtenstein become a designer and stylist?

  • Sara__B

    IN. But way too many polka dots for anyone but the amazing Solange. (Thanks, T Lo, for a day with Solange AND Chloe. Such fun!)

  • On anyone else I would hate it, but somehow she works it. How does she do that? IN.

  • FridaStaire

    In, in, in – all the way.

  • Zippypie

    I can’t imagine this working on anyone else.  Big IN!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    OMG those shoes!   I thought those were her toes, but all weird!

  • LOVE. IT.

    Sad that Anna Kendrick was voted OUT, though. 🙁

  • judybrowni

    IN! And I also have deep, deep hair envy.

  • Melizmatic

    Total “IN.”

  • Totally IN!

  • poggi

    Love it. Lbe the dots, legs, and white shoes! Completely, unreservedly, unabashedly IN.

  • Love. My eyes are flickering a little, but still love.

  • allj

    Crazy and confusing in the best possible way. IN!

  • libraangel

    Jeeper creepers, my peepers are getting blurred

  • libraangel

    But still an In – don’t know why, but an In

  • ankali

    OUT. I get and appreciate what the outfit’s going for, but the tiny polka dots hurt my eyes. Maybe it would be easier to take in person?

  • LJCdoc

    Out. I think I just had a seizure.

  • LaSylphide

    Love the shoes, just not sure about the color with this outfit. But she looks fabulous. Big IN.

    (FYI no such thing as too many polka dots.)

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    In, I love polka-dots.

  • E. D.

    OUT.  Two out of three ain’t bad…

  • In – and werq.

  • In! She totally suits this look.

  • IN! Love her, love the dots.

  • I don’t understand why I love this but I LOVE this!

  • Crystal

    Oh I LOVE this!

  • J. Preposterice


  • tereliz

    IN! She’s in Austin, kittens, keeping it weird! 😉  

    I think she looks fab.

  • pdquick

    So incredibly IN.

  • sunandmoon24

    I vote in.

  • sleepycat

    I love it, although there are a bit too many polka dots for my eyes to deal with. Otherwise, MA-JOR IN

  • IN!

  • in this is phd hpstr fashun  

  • pookiesmom


  • unbornfawn

    OUT. Hurts my eyes.

  • demidaemon

    I’m sorry, but the first pic makes me feel both cross-eyed and epileptic, so it’s an OUT for me.

  • Huge IN!!! Adorable.

  • subwaycars

    It kinda hurts my eyes, but it’s too fantastic not to vote IN.

  • carolie_king

    IN!!!!  Although I think my eyes would wig out if I were in the room with her – loving the dots de polka.

  • quiltrx

    In…BUT I wish the scales of the dots were different in all three pieces.

  • guest2visits

    This is kind of cute, kind of cool. I find myself describing her outfits as cute alot. I think because they are so short, most of the time.
     I am on the fence on the shoes too; I might like black heels better if the blouse is black.

  • nefrankl


  • KC

    Oooh this is so cool. She looks awesome. Total WERQ for me!

  • Maya Laukaran

    Much like Gwen Stefani and her leopard suit last summer, this is a case of “Girl, That is Your Dress ONLY”. Like Gwen, Solange is a “advanced-level clothes-wearer” and others should not try this at home!

  • j_anson

    Too much AND I LOVE IT. IN.

  • Out. Should I expect the image of a boat to jump out at me if I stare at it just right? 

  • DebbieLovesShoes

    IN IN IN IN 

  • Dagney


  • In!

  • annamow

    IN. Super cool.

  • IN

  • ChristySchiff

    IN! Love this so much.

  • Francie Worley

    In! Solange > Beyonce

  • ConnieBV

    I would have gone baby blue with the shoes, but it’s cute. IN!

  • Warrior89


  • Not an IN, but a WERQ.  She’s a SWINTON or Blanchette in the making.

  • Le_Sigh

    IN!  The clutch and shoes provide a nice pop of solid.  

  • Ugh.  Once again I want to like Solange’s outfit more than I actually do.  No sense of contrast, but a big sense of trying too hard.  OUT.  Love the shoes, though.

  • Patricia Gillett

    IN, she pulls it off. Few other women could, though. 

  • Kirsten Kirsten

    Because the dots are all the same size, it’s not so much mixing prints, as colour blocking with dots. Love it on her: a resounding IN.

    • Kirsten Kirsten

      Also, the clutch is awesome.

  • In, it’s a nice update to the original rather literal mod look.

  • Cathy S

    Freakin’ awesome. Definitely the right amount of polka dots. IN.

  • RussellH88

    Is it wrong that I want that suit?

  • IN. Just enough polka-dots, but too many colors. However, she’s rocking it hard and for some reason I LOVE IT.

  • EEKstl

    Love it!  IN.

  • Deedles

    IN–the individual pieces compliment each other really well.

  • Judy_J

    IN.  I love polka dots!

  • Objectively?  Too many polka dots, and seizure-inducing.  But she’s MAJORLY working it, particularly in that singing pic, so IN.

  • yulaffin

    Too much, too busy for me.  I would want a solid color shirt to go with it.

  • RuthGo

    In. Love it. 

  • nosniveling

    in! love it x2!

  • kategs

    so very IN!

  • That’s a WHOLE LOTTA polkadots, but she looks adorable. IN. 

  • Kristy Evans

    OUT. Making my eyes cross. I love the idea behind it though. I just wish either the skirt, or the blouse, or the coat had been a solid color.

  • fashionzombie


  • nancymae

    Love it! IN.

  • mmc2315


    And what a relief!  I have been wringing my hands over Solange’s outfits of late.

  • GTrain

    Love it. IN

  • mary McCall

    Fun, fun, fun – and definitely IN!

  • Laylalola

    Out. Because she seems to be on a streak where she seems to favor styles/lengths/sizes really meant for a junior. 

  • Completely fab. IN.

  • CatherineRhodes

    IN. Love it and love her hair!!!!!

  • maggiemaybe

    Just enough!

  • Natalie Bryan

    In, no question.

  • Diego!

    OUT. This is screaming for it. 

  • Fantastic! All the way IN!

  • Sunshine16

    In, she looks fab…however, the shoes almost cost her!

  • kaycem

    perfect number of polka dots:  IN.

  • amian3

    IN! Fantastic. Only the bag isn’t working for me. The outfit and shoes are great. Hair and Makeup couldn’t be better.

  • swanpride

    Out! It’s irritating that the polca dots of the skirt are smaller. If all the dots had the same size, she would be in, though.

  • piecesofconfetti

    IN j’adore

  • mike__tv

    In, duh.:p

  • barbarienne

    It’s making my eyes jump all over the place, but somehow it’s not giving me a headache. Solange is magical!


  • IN, adorable.

  • wispymiss

    IN!  Just enough!  And I dig her shoes too.

  • shopgirl716

    In, possibly a werq.

  • BrightsideSusan

    I think it is great!

  • jorinde


  • SophieCollier

    She looks adorable. IN

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Love the outfit. But not the shoes. Still, IN.

  • kikisayshi

    OUT. I love me some polkadots, but girl looks like a teacher who went crazy in her closet.

  • white shoes are in. enough said.

  • Jack Smart

    Look how much fun she’s having!!! IN

  • Haley Buchanan

    IN – For mere mortals like you and I, this is too many polka dots.  But, for Solange, it’s just the right amount!

  • mjude


  • Minus those godforsaken white shoes…IN! I’m all for mixed patterns and she’s doing it here perfectly. 

  • up with pod people


  • Pepper Pan

    IN. But I hate the shoes

  • Carly Warnock

    In. Love the polka dots in contrasting colours 🙂

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    IN!  Stunning!!!

  • And yet to think if Ryan Gosling tried to wear this you’d be having a conniption fit and having a bitch fest. I just don’t get you guys. (I’m thinking with the skirt, obviously, ;D)

    • Yes you do. You’re just pretending not to because you think it makes you sound more interesting. ;D

  • bringbackbeatles

    I know I’m late, but IN. I love it to death, except for the white shoes, but I never like white shoes. Also, not loving the shape of her hair. I liked it better when it was shorter and more round. It may be just that in-between length, if she’s growing it out, who knows.

  • librarygrrl64

    IN. They work because of the scale and balance.

  • KrateBay

    One can NEVER have too many polka dots!

  • Susan Millar

    perfect, on her.