Artists spend most of their existence appreciating and creating interactions between color, composition and patterns, so it’s no wonder that it’s artists that have the best taste in textiles.
Textile design is an art in itself; if you’ve ever seen the “pattern creation” challenges on Project Runway, you know how much of a designer’s heart and personality is poured into a print. Fabric becomes canvas and what had the potential to be simply a shirt or a pair of jeans becomes a piece of wearable art.
When choosing a unique pattern for yourself, it’s simple: if it speaks to you, grab it. Treat browsing designer prints as you would appreciate a gallery showing (with the exception of buying a new piece for your wardrobe being infinitely more affordable than buying an original painting for your living room). If it makes you stop, look, think—even if you can’t put a finger on why—that is a piece that will mean far more than just another addition to your closet. This week’s Fashionista, for instance, connected with this Free People piece because of its intricate and transformative pattern.
Gravitating towards a favorite designer is like developing a love for a particular artist: it just seems to happen when you realize that someone out there, with an uncanny ability to create beautiful things, has somehow managed put your thoughts onto some sort of blank canvas in a way that matches your aesthetic.
It’s cliché but true: style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak. Your clothing won’t speak to anyone else if it doesn’t first speak to you, so start listening.