STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Don't Be So Clashful

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard advice about sticking to one trend per outfit. While this is generally the case, sometimes mixing fashion-forward prints, colors and textures just works. In a time where the fashion world is wholeheartedly embracing minimalism, wearing a loud ensemble seems daunting. However, this Fashionista demonstrates how to rock the clashing trend with ease.

I was immediately drawn to this eclectic ensemble. These pieces shouldn’t go together, but they do. The trick is to follow this Fashionista’s formula: one patterned piece, one colorful piece and one textured piece per outfit. Patterned trousers provide a base to build the rest of the outfit around. This Fashionista’s choice of florals is a refreshing way to brighten up a winter look. She complements the printed pants with a colorful T-shirt in a hue found in the print. To amp up the texture of the outfit, she chooses a longline herringbone patterned coat in a vintage-inspired silhouette. Finishing the look with a basic pair of booties keeps the focus on your zany getup.

The success of this combination lies in the fact that each piece contributes something different to the outfit. The three elements balance each other out, so that not one item overpowers the others. With such a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures to play with, the possibilities are endless. This Fashionista shows that creating a unique look with personality is as easy as one, two, three!

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Go for it! I see people dressing so conservatively for class, but honestly, standing out is so much more fun!”