September 18th, 2015 at 2:00am

In the midst of a scorching hot day, it’s easy to fall into the trap of being another crop top in the crowd. Wearing less clothing in the summer is a staple for looking sensible, but staying stylish with less to work with can be challenging. So what is the key to being cute, comfortable and cool while also turning a few heads? You want others to know that you value the time you put into coordinating your outfit, but you also don’t want to drown in accessories. That being said, where accessories fail, patterns come into play.

Mixing and matching patterns can brighten up your outfit without overkilling its simplicity. It is common for a Fashionista to have a fear of clashing due to pattern play, but mixing patterns doesn’t have to mean using lots of colors and crazy designs. Patterns can vary from a colorful one-dimensional design to a repetitive change in the texture of a fabric.

When it comes to pattern, balance is beauty. This Fashionista in particular has perfected a pattern play formula that brings an outfit from clashing, to cute. The daintiness of her off-white lace skirt brings balance into the bold patterns and rich colors of her Aztec crop top. A chunky coral bracelet brings out the bright colors of her top and a multi-color knitted bracelet helps maintain her outfit’s casual vibe.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “I think the most important part of working with patterns is that after you’ve picked your clothing, less is more. You don’t always need a flashy accessory to make your look stand out!”