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!

      • Barbora

        Ditto. Big IN!

      • Diana Giese

         +1! IN!

      •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        I agree! 

      • Tadiana

        Joining the chorus: “Iiiiinnnn.”

      • LocMama

         All the way IN!

      • ecallaw1977


      • Cecilia Lin

         +1! It’s one of those looks that deserves a double take and then you end up loving it.

      • Bernadette Ulsamer

        Agree completely!

    • 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.

    • Emily Dagger

      I love it. In. 

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

    • Deborah Lipp

      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 . . . .

      • Donna Tabor

         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.

      • gillian holroyd

        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)

    • Brett Hulst

      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.

    • MajorBedhead

      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

    • Shannon Beamer

      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.

      • Donna Tabor

         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!

    • Jeff Warhurst

      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!

      • Jeff Warhurst

        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

    • commish24

      OUT. This is borderline Chloe for me.

    • Dana WhatTheFrock

      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.

    • Shawn EH

      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. 

    • Courtenay P

      IN! love this.

    • f_yeah_marie

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

    • Dorothy Damage

      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. 😮

    • kerryev

      In, but looks a little normal for her.

    • Emily Smith

      In that’s delightful.

    • ashtangajunkie

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

    • Erin Hines

      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. 

    • Charles

      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.

    • kingderella

      IN. sooooo IN.

      woulda chosen different shoes, tho.

    • jmats

      IN! Love the look on her!

    • Jessica Crowl

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

    • Fifi LaRoux

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

    • VioletFem

      IN. I like polka dots.

    • Samantha Irene

      Polka Dot Perfect! IN

    • Carina

      Super cute. IN!!!

    • IAmJ

      Perfect. As IN as it gets.

    • jilly_d

      LOVE! IN!

    • Rhonda Shore

      IN!  LOVE!

    • Adriana Blair

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

    • Sara Hottman

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

    • Garcia Loca

      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.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg


    • Nancer

      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

    • Gabriella M

      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!!

    • Kim Baker Vidas Davey-Irvin

      LOVE. lady mix-a-lot.

    • Susi R


    • Pamela

      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. :) 

    • Ginny Ellsworth

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

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    • Gus Casals

      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.

    • Sara Leigh Merrey

      I like it a lot!

    • ThisMeredithianLife

      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.

    • Elena

      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!

    • Democracy Diva

      IN! Fabulous! All of the polka dots!

    • Danielle Lisle

      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.

    • Maya KC

      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.

    • Kerry McCombs

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

    • MinAgain

      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.

    • Merneith

      IN. A perfect sufficiency of polka dots!

    • Matt Bailer


    • jkatkins

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

    • Dino Bonačić


    • 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.

    • Denise Alden

      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


    • Erin

      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!)

    • Eovaai

      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!

    • Aaminah Khan

      LOVE. IT.

      Sad that Anna Kendrick was voted OUT, though. :(

    • judybrowni

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

    • Melizmatic

      Total “IN.”

    • Vera

      Totally IN!

    • poggi

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

    • Paula Pertile

      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…

    • Alex Palombo

      In – and werq.

    • Brooke Opie Ragusa

      In! She totally suits this look.

    • Nancy Marion

      IN! Love her, love the dots.

    • Sara McDarby

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

    • Crystal

      Oh I LOVE this!

    • J. Preposterice

      IN IN IN IN IN

    • 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

    • Laura


    • Reality TV Casting

      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.

    • Maria Smith

      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.

    • Fatima Siddique

      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


    • Beth Ann Gallagher


    • annamow

      IN. Super cool.

    • Jeremiah Capacillo


    • 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


    • Mariah W Grimm

      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.  

    • Jesse

      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.

    • Badriya Al-Badi’a

      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?

    • Heather Waddell

      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!

    • Krysta

      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!

    • marlie

      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. 

    • Delysia LaFosse

      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. 

    • Darva Sutra

      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!


    • Louisa Edwards

      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.

    • Susan

      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


    • Vivi N

      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!!!

    • Caitrin

      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)

      • Tom and Lorenzo

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

        • Caitrin

          touche. 😀

    • 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.