Weekend Style Inspiration; How to Wear Patterns

Friday, 2 December 2016

I realize it might be really easy for me to walk into my closet and walk out wearing floral patterns head-to-toe and looks fine, but it’s often harder for other people. I use these few simples rules when mixing patterns and with a little practice and confidence, anyone can rock the look.

But before I pen down these rules, I want to show you how I wore a patterned dress recently and I hope to inspire your weekend outfit from this look. I wore a navy blue and nude patterned dress with small cut outs at the sides. Paired the lovely cute dress with an ankle strap white sandals and a light purple hanging bag. Then here are the amazing tips you need whenever you choose to wear patterns and stand out;
 1. Mix patterns from the same color family: Using hues from one main color when mixing patterns can create a very subtle look, while still showing your daring side. It’s still visually stimulating for the eye, but in a refined way.
2. Think of some patterns/textures as solids: If you have a hounds tooth skirt, think of that as a solid. Same can go for small polka dots, thin stripes or checks. They’re small enough and understated that the eye can view them as a solid, even though they’re really not.
3. Look for patterns that complement each other: The last thing you want to do is look like you got dressed in the dark. One way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to choose patterns that complement each other. Stripes and floral always mesh well, as do leopard and stripes or polka dots.
4. Don’t go too matchy-matchy: Mixing patterns is supposed to be fun. Although it can look cool, don’t go out head-to-toe in one pattern. That’s too matchy-matchy and can make you look more shabby than you want. Although, if you want to push out of the box, switch up the colors of the matching patterns. It’s a new twist on pattern mixing that keeps the overly matchy-matchy concept fresh.
5. Space the patterns out: There is no need to wear a patterned skirt with a patterned jacket, or top. Sometimes mixing a top or skirt with patterned shoes can give your outfit the right amount of “wow” you’re looking for.
6. Include neutrals in your outfit: When you add a solid with two or more patterns, you allow the visual space of the outfit to be broken up. You do this with shoes, accessories or another article of clothing. Whatever you chose to add, it’ll help your outfit look even better.
7. Combine patterns of different densities/sizes: Rather than mix dense prints with dense prints, which can cause a big mess, try mixing a dense print with a sparse print. The same goes for larger prints and smaller prints. Usually if you mix different densities and sizes, the prints balance each other out, because one becomes the focal point and the other becomes the sidekick.
8. Use accessories wisely: As I mentioned in #5, sometimes spacing out patterns can help breakup the visual space. Accessories are your friend and your foe when mixing patterns. They can overwhelm or balance an outfit. Using a colored belt to break up two different patterned pieces can work really well, as can colored shoes or a neutral purse. Just be careful not to overdo it, because the focus of the outfit is the pattern, not the accessories.

And just incase you missed a previous post on Prints and Patterns you might want to see. Click here to see this inspiring post.

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