It’s safe to say that I definitely inherited my sense of style from my mother. My dad on the other hand is unfortunately clueless when it comes to anything fashion or design related. So naturally when their thirtieth wedding anniversary rolled around, he sent me to a local flower shop to pick out the perfect arrangement of flowers to give to her.
While deciding on a pattern of pink and white roses, daisies and hydrangeas, I spotted today’s Fashionista, who like my floral array, incorporated many patterns into her own outfit. Wearing a stripped Joie knit sweater, floral Citizen of Humanity shorts and a pair of flower crocheted TOMS, she successfully found a way to mix different textures and patterns to make an eye-catching look.
Mixing patterns and styles is a great way to add variety to your look, offering opportunities for individual experimentation and personality to shine through. Today’s Fashionista paired a larger nautical stripe pattern with a smaller floral design in her shorts. You can illuminate similar looks by pairing larger partners against smaller ones to balance it out. Likewise, you can mix two patterns similar in size while breaking it up with a solid color in between to avoid a look that’s too busy and lacks a focal point.
Along with soft stripes and floral patterns, why not try mixing knits and brights, or animal on animal to create a dynamic flare? Madewell and Derek Lam show off some of their recent designs in mixing patterns to show how these looks are achieved.
As young students, mixing different styles and patterns is the perfect way to experiment with different looks to not only reveal more personality, but also help you find your own niche in what you love to wear. And hey — it’s fun, flirty and definitely Fashionista approved.