STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pattern Mixing Must-Do

Recently, I explored a new trend on 21st century runways: mixing prints, patterns and accessories. As we know, this trend was previously a fashion don’t; however, this style is my hands down favorite and has made its way to streets everywhere. Outside of my personal style, I have seen this trend becoming a favorite of Fashionistas/os on our campus. From putting two contrasting plaids together to combining three different prints in one look, this trend will not be going away anytime soon—and why should it? Sure, we are defying the fashion rules of our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, but they told us we should not wear white after Labor Day either. Personally, I love to explore past fashion dos and don’ts, and clearly the runway fully supports these ideas.

This Fashionista caught my eye on the street by mixing a potpourri of patterns and accessories in her look. The basics of her look include a plaid wool coat layered over a black and ivory striped dress. This Fashionista was successful in mixing two different prints, which create visual tension and help her stand out. On top of her jacket, she dons another contrasting accessory: a speckled, knitted, gray and black two-toned scarf. The rest of her look includes black leather buckle boots, a black leather shoulder purse and aviator sunglasses. Not only does this Fashionista mix it up with her basic accessories, but she throws in creative winter necessities such as her contrasting white knit headband and cute heart printed mittens.

Mixing prints, patterns and accessories is a fantastic way to switch up styles for any daily look. For instance, mixing a striped skirt, leather purse and floral top is just one way to intermix feminine prints, a classic striped piece and a grunge accessory into one harmonious look. There is absolutely no end to the possibilities when mixing it up. The only possible drawback is deciding what looks good and what seems a little off, but that’s the advantage of this fad. There is no right or wrong look because it is limitless as long as there is balance.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “I just like to throw things together and see what looks good!”