STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Harmonious Patterns

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Harmonious Patterns

Some trends are more intimidating than others and the art of mixing patterns is no exception. Well, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and embrace this daunting trend. But how does one begin to mix intricate patterns without landing on the worst dressed list?

This trend allows us to become reminiscent of when we were five years old and our mother allowed us to pick out our outfit for school. I distinctly remember my mom telling me, “Make sure everything matches!” Now, detach yourself from your mother’s advice to become a master of this trend. The key is to take the printed pieces in your wardrobe and just start mixing. They way you mix determines the type of style that you follow. Gothic, preppy and grunge looks can be achieved through the art of mixing patterns. The easiest way to adopt this trend to your daily style is to choose similar colors to help blend the patterns. Also, make sure that when you have a larger print, it is balanced with a smaller one. If you’re still a bit intimated by the trend, try to incorporate polka-dots and stripes into your ensemble. These chic prints are perfect for a beginner.

This Fashionista is a prime example of why this intimidating trend is worth the risk. Her black and white striped T-shirt, white floral scarf and combat boots create a unified, yet mixed ensemble. The pink and green in the scarf adds some color to the predominately black and white ensemble. Her look is a prime example of how the mixing of prints and colors help to produce a cohesive ensemble.This Fashionista will turn some heads with her excellent ability to blend patterns together to create a congruent ensemble.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Only mix two patterns together. More than two prints will lessen the cohesiveness of the ensemble!”