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Like any bold pattern, the over-sized, checkerboard print is risky territory. In addition to the dangers of appearing too kitsch, this, like any large print, runs the risk of making its wearer look wide, boxy, and just generally awkward. Nonetheless, the svelte Kirsten Stewart was up to the challenge, sporting the look in the form of a romper at a recent formal event. Stewart took further risks, opting for an outfit with extra volume at the shoulders, and difficult to wear front-pockets on the shorts. What makes the look work, aside from the star’s killer legs?
Recognizing that the look could be construed as camp, Stewart went in the opposite direction, selecting make-up and accessories that were ultra-sexy. A pair of buckled, platform sandals, messy, just-rolled out of bed waves, and a smoky cat-eye are anything but ironic. Stewart also wisely chose to stick with a neutral palette, keeping everything from her nail polish to her jewelry in shades of black, white and silver. It was a risky move, requiring some serious strategy, but we’re declaring Stewart’s look to be a checkmate.