Solange Knowles in NYC

Posted on May 09, 2013

Once again, Miss Solange has given us much to discuss.


Solange Knowles leaves her hotel in New York City in a Low Classic from Opening Ceremony striped suit paired with Miu Miu platform sandals.

Low Classic from Opening Ceremony Striped Pants

Miu Miu Satin Platform Sandal with Jeweled Heel

See, we liked the initial impact of this look so much that we were instantly willing to forgive the clownier aspects of it, like extending the stripe theme into the shades, sporting a purse that looks equally as suitable for a 6-year-old, and wearing those clodhopper sandals. Don’t get us wrong; we love each of the pieces we just singled out. It’s just that we think they’re each a bit too much when paired with that suit. But like we said, we were willing to forgive all of it because the outfit is so fun and has such a fresh little attitude to it.

Jesus, we’re sounding more like fashion editors every day. Did we ever tell you all how much we love Janeane Garafolo’s ancient riff on fashion and beauty magazine-speak? “‘PRETTY IS IN!’ Thank GOD, because those ugly girls have been getting a free ride for WAY TOO LONG.”

Anyway, we seem to have wandered off a bit. Our point is, we love the look, despite the over-styling of it. Or at least we did until we got to those … well, we were going to call them “seams,” but that’s rather missing the point, don’t you think? Nope. Can’t sign off on any outfit that starts out cute, but makes the wearer look like they just survived a shark attack or industrial accident the longer you look at it.

But thanks for giving us something to talk about, girl.


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  • j_anson

    Is Solange making a point to her tailor about how when she says she needs those alterations done Thursday, she really means THURSDAY, damn it?

    • gabbilevy

      “You’re not finished?! Fine. I’m taking my suit and going. To hell with you.”

      • drdarke

        Exactly, @j_anson:disqus and @gabbilevy:disqus !

        No – if your suit is coming apart on you as you walk, that is not “fashion”, that is a disaster.

        • andreawey

          and she doesn’t even have a pretty bra under it, which makes it look even more not on purpose!

  • MarissaLG

    Aside from the fact that it looks like her suit and the shirt underneath it just plain ripped, I really like this outfit. Perfect Solange.

  • alyce1213

    Maybe it’s one of those new one-size-fits-all hospital gowns that conveniently open everywhere.
    Pretty horrible. I love how she’s been looking, but this is an oops.

  • I’m with TLo. I was sort of on board with this until I saw the open seams and the bra (??) showing. If it weren’t for those seams, I’d be OK with the shades and the purse. Though I hate the shoes either way.

    • RebeccaKW

      At least she has on a bra. If this thing were actually sewn up, I’d be all about it. I really hate those 90’s prom shoes, though. Ugh.

      • Meg0GayGuys6

        Yea, Sorry Miu Miu, but I could have gotten those shoes from my Delias catalog

    • mmccall

      If you know that your bra is going to show, shouldn’t you choose a beautiful one. I cannot imagine that Ms Knowles doesn’t have drawers full of them.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Yes, that generic flesh colored bra really ruins a rather “interesting” look.

    • random_poster

      Yup! That was a needle-scratching moment.

    • Introspective

      ooooh do i hate those shoes. i thought to myself “ugh, so fanning sister” as i zoomed thru the pics and didnt bother to find out the designer.

      then Meg0GayGuys6 confirmed it in her post that it was Miu Miu and now it all makes sense.

      • That’s because elle fanning always wears miu miu too.

  • tereliz

    I think I just hyperventilated a little. Solange is just regular ventilated.

  • LongTall_Sally

    She looks . . . well-ventilated?

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Sorry, I hate everything about this. This is like going off the cray cray deep end. This needs a Chloe persona – it’s that f’ed up and ugly.

    • Lollaleeloo

      Agreed. She looks like my cousin when she’s off her meds. Although to be fair to my cousin, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her this far gone.

  • Deb_Lynn

    I feel like she didn’t know the seams weren’t seams….

  • jmorino08

    To paraphrase the Fug Girls: BRA WHAT?!?

  • jetpackdino

    It would be a WERQ if this were a new kind of hospital gown. Otherwise… I can’t understand that jacket. Still love this girl though.

  • lobsterlen

    In outdoor active outer wear its called pit zips. You can you can unzip your pits to provide ventilation so you don’t over heat.

    • I have jackets like that. But she doesn’t look like she’s about to go hiking or skiing.

      • lobsterlen

        Agreed. I would say she the only extreme sport she engaged in was lunch. However I could imagine entertainment industry lunches can be like an extreme sport of sorts.

  • I loved it for the first 3 second, just before I took attention. Now I hate it, it’s that aweful.

  • What IS that??

  • I would have loved this were it not for those awkward looking open side seams on the jacket.

    • CurbGirl

      Gotta love a gal who can smile after an unfortunate incident with a seam ripper!

    • MilaXX

      YES!!! I saw that and was like WTF?

      • I mean, Jeebus that’s her Bra we are looking at through the side.

        • And an ugly, “I only wear this when no one will see it” bra. Guess what Sol, we can see it.

  • SewingSiren

    What’s going on here? What ever is suppose to be , is not.

  • jw_ny

    obviously she ripped the seam on her way out the lobby door…that big boring beige bra is not one that she’d intentionally pick to put on display, unless perhaps the rest are in the laundry. (I’m just gonna go with that scenario 😉

    It’s kind of a fun outfit, however the shoes are clunky…look awkward to walk in.

    • Melanie

      I think you can tell on the model it’s intentional.

      • jw_ny

        it was sarcasm…

  • WREQ

  • Did you already discuss this awful platform sandal trend in another post? I know we’ve had some iteration of this shape for a while now but this particular combination of the low boxy heel with shepherd straps is awful. I’m already seeing it on way too many girls in the city and I know its going to be an aggressive trend of the summer. It doesn’t look good on anyone not in a meadow or at a sit-in.

    • j_anson

      I was trying to buy sandals for the summer just a couple days ago and, yeah. Yeah. It’s unfortunate.

    • platform sandals with biblical straps in dyed-to-match satin? you tryin’ to make me puke?

  • The ugly bra made me sad but I love the shot where you can’t quite see that yet, where she looks like a super cool middle schooler.

  • thecitysleeps

    At least wear a pretty lacey bra underneath because that just looks bad, man. And I can’t with the shoes, wtf Miuccia!


  • carnush

    She’s my favorite fashion adventurer. Love the shoes.

  • crash1212

    I like the shades – maybe not with this outfit. I’m confused – the shirt is, what…sewn onto the jacket thingy but somebody forgot to sew the side seams? Just…no. Also hate the shoes. Now I’m cranky.

  • Wow. Because we really need a suit that allows us to vent our sides. And if our bra shows, well, that’s just an added bonus. Right?

  • Tracy_Flick

    Playtex 18-hour comfort!

  • MilaXX

    I almost like the look, sandals included, but I don’t understand the jacket.

    • mjude

      same here

  • PastryGoddess

    Well at least she’s wearing a bra…

    • i’d rather see naked side boob than that hideous orthopedic support. but that’s just me.

  • Why are we seeing your bra, Solange?

  • JauntyJohn

    I’m with you guys. My first glance was a yes… but then… Jesus, no.

    I am pretty tolerant of a lot of silliness but this is just effing stupid.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    open seam on just the jacket = interesting
    open seam on jacket + open seam on shirt + VS cotton collection underwire full figure bra = NO GIRL NO

  • Orange Girl

    I generally like her style and appreciate that she wears interesting clothes, but here she looks like a crazy person.

  • BrooklynBomber

    So. . . does she just put on Outfits and stroll around New York?
    P.S. I want those clodhoppers.

  • Kate4queen

    Is that her bra?

    • l_c_ann

      If it’s not her bra, what could it be? With vertical boning?

  • sparkleburnout

    So much wasted potential. 86 those shoes and sew up the jacket though and it would be perfection.Sigh

  • When I wear long sleeves I don’t want to have to shave my pits…

  • I don’t understand what is supposed to be happening with that jacket/skirt. It’s making my head hurt, and not just from staring at the stripes.

  • Nawl. Like, for real. Nawl.

  • Carrieanno

    Fashion equivalent of jumping the shark.

  • kipper

    I think its fun …. why not, BUT : how big are her feet ? damn…

  • Red wax lips! Haven’t seen those since I was a kid!

  • You mean that gap in the side of the top is SUPPOSED to be there?

    • conniemd

      This, totally. Looks like a garment malfucktion.

  • I’ll leave the major stuff for the others but I do want to thank TLo for commenting on the bag. I am NOT a fan of the boxy mini-bag trend; I haven’t seen one yet that didn’t look like it belonged on a little girl.

  • maggiemaybe

    Those clod hopper sandals make me happy but I have to take a pass on the rest of the outfit. That side-bra thing is bumming my high big time.

  • KayEmWhy

    More information in that jacket please. Somehow the look works, go figure.

  • Reminds me of that Janet Jackson/Cab Calloway video “Alright.” Only with a modern cut.

    And Hell to the NO on those shoes. NEEEEEEIIGGGHHHHH…..

  • MoHub

    I have a very similar pair of shades to those. They were 426.00 at Ulta.

  • PhillyDeb

    I’m sorry. I know I am in the minority but I don’t get her. These shoes, open jacket, and ugly bra are one of the top 5 examples of this, but I don’t really get any of them. Maybe my lack of intrinsic fashion sense is showing

  • The giant holes are ALL I CAN SEE!

  • Love the shoes, but WTF with the seams and the bra showing?

  • Contralto

    Bra flashing is not okay. OUT.

  • I dunno, the first thing that came to mind was a 70s pimp outfit. If she’d had goldfish in the heels of those ridiculous sandals it would have been perfect.

  • Are the burst seems done on purpose? Because if so, a pretty bra is required. With a beige bra, it just looks like her outfit is broken. I think I’d like this outfit otherwise.

  • Durelle Ali

    She needs to take those hideous shoes, tie them two feet apart to the back of her bumper, then tie her stylist in-between and drag him/her through the streets for 20 minutes … raggedy-clownish.

    And, Solo, honey, when you get standing o’s for your hair, you NEVER go out in public with 10-hour bedhead, accompanied by (HORRORS!!) blanket lint! I kept wanting to reach through my computer screen to pick it out …

  • elzatelzabelz

    That is a LOT of look, all at once.

  • bellafigura1

    Every single thing is delicious, except for the bandaid colored bra at that split seam. One feature too many. But love her for trying!

  • Qitkat

    I give up, now we get side bra? Nononono 🙁

    But I would steal the shades and the bag.

  • AnneElliot

    The model shot makes me think of a really well-dressed chef. Seriously, I had chef pants like that years ago.

    And I could have let Solange pass if the SIDE SEAMS WERE SEWN TOGETHER. Unbelievable!!!

    • mmc2315

      Yes, chalk stripe kitchen pants. My husband wears them to work everyday.

  • Imasewsure

    So strange.. love the shoes though

  • quiltrx

    I squee’d when I saw the first shot, and practically wept the rest of the way. I DON’T WANT TO SEE YOUR SENSIBLE UNDERPINNINGS, SOLANGE. Much less spewing from your under-pit area. You have given me a sad.

  • formerlyAnon

    I was already debating if the overall cuteness out-balanced the fact that I find the jacket awkwardly long – which makes the look a tad stumpifying, despite the fact that she still looks great and I’m sure the proportions are intentional – when I saw the side seams. And then I was about to say “huh, I’m not ready to take my final oral fashion exams, so I’m not sure what to think.” And THEN I saw her recognizably perfectly functional bra and started to laugh. Nope.

  • the discussion is not so much about the side seams as it is about the lack of said seams. and the view of her flesh-colored (or not so much in her case) orthopedic bra to hoist the torpedoes. in this case an unwanted view. i have no room in my mind for other images, excepting maybe those killer glasses…

  • At first I was all, Solange is rocking that suit…and then I saw the open seams and it was all over for me. The shoes are the least of her problems here.

  • mmc2315

    It’s awful. It looks like the jacket has ripped at the side and is falling apart. Obviously, she can be uber magnificent, and I appreciate her risk taking. But, really now, she misses the mark quite a lot.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    No I don’t want to see the side stay in her bra. Glad she’s wearing good quality foundation garments though. You really can’t go wrong with good quality foundation garments. 🙂

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Shoes are atrocious. And WTF is going on with the top of the suit? Is it really meant to be torn? If so, what kind of idiot thought this was a good idea for a woman’s suit?

  • ballerinawithagun

    I’m thinking this jacket could have gone to the Met Gala. Hold it together with some giant safety pins, put on a studded bra and some black lipstick.

  • The suit’s deconstruction ruins the sharpness of this look. I’d vote her an in despite the exaggerated accessories, except for the lack of a continuous side seem. This suit would have looked sharp if it was traditionally tailored. I don’t care if it’s in right now to expose lady star’s sides. That may work for some gowns, but not this suit.

  • Jake

    I HATE this suit. The odd striped seam (or shirt/bra), the matchy-matchy stripes…and the WORST shoe I think I’ve ever seen on this website!