When the temperatures drop and Fashionistas start layering, it’s difficult to avoid mixing patterns and prints. Instead of shying away from the challenge, this Fashionista embraced it and combined pieces in an interesting and stylish way.
First, she selected a cold-weather staple: the long-sleeved plaid shirt. Her choice of the “lumberjack” red and black make the shell of her outfit seem tougher and outdoorsman-like. The rugged look continues with her fringed, ankle moccasin boots that would fit in well amidst falling leaves or an earthy setting.
In the chilly season it may be tempting to go the whole nine yards with this robust look and steal pieces from a Fashionisto’s closet, but it can just as easily be balanced out by feminine accents. While the Day of the Dead skull on her tank looks pretty menacing, it is decorated with brightly colored pigments and flowers, softening its look. She pulls those playful colors out of the tank even further with her simple blue scarf.
Mixing graphics and patterns can be a complex process and there are a few tips to simplify the undertaking. As can be seen on this Fashionista, a uniform, small pattern made up of one or more neutrals works with large graphics. A similar option would be to layer a tee with large word art under a patterned tee, such as a plaid. It’s also important for the pieces to have neutral bases, like the black in her button-down and the gray in her tank. The best part about this look is the multitudes of possible combinations, both for Fashionistas and Fashionistos in need of a casual, weekend look.