TREND: Patterned to Perfection

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To all those pattern-shy boys and girls in the fashion world: fear not. Patterns do not always allude to the nauseating print on grandma’s living room sofa or to the glaring textiles hanging on the summer sale racks. In fact, geometric prints can provide flattering contrast and dimension when paired with simple pieces. The Aztec inspired print in this Fashionista’s summertime look touches on the boho trend without being overpowering.

As this Fashionista illustrates, wearing patterns can be (gasp) flattering. This Fashionista experiments with the Aztec pattern trend in an understated way by pairing her elastic-wasted cotton shorts with a fitted tank top and gladiator sandals. Other than wearing ordinary jean or khaki shorts, her colorful bottoms give a pop of color and personality. This outfit could travel from a lunch on the beach straight to the classroom (this Fashionista just finished her final exam). She intelligently picked one accent color from the pattern and used it in her complementary pieces. Sometimes, a simple tank is all you need. In addition, the Fashionista's sunglasses and pulled back hair go along with the clean lines and natural vibe of the outfit—this is the epitome of effortless chic.

Hint: Take note and adopt patterns into your summer wardrobe. These shorts add a dash of color and can be perfectly paired with a simple ribbed J.Crew tank top. However, if patterns do not work well on your body, then geometrics can be added through accessorizing. Necklaces are statement pieces that add interest and color to any outfit. This necklace by House of Harlow is a geometric pattern that is not overwhelming. Paired with a simple white dress and wedges, this necklace would bring the pattern to any outfit. This pair of tortoise shell sunglasses is also affordable and would easily enhance any boho-inspired look.

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