Patterns have the ability to take a simple outfit and turn it into the talk of the town. Patterns add a mixture of colors, textures and layers that add to the overall look of the outfit. Patterns have the ability to express the personality of the Fashionista by the colors and patterns they choose to wear. For instance, pink and floral indicates sweet and girly and dark colors and lines show edginess. Patterns allow Fashionistas to become creative with the way they look at their closet and how they choose to pair colors and fabrics to create a flawless look.

I am personally obsessed with patterns. When opening my closet it takes a minute to adjust my eyes, not only from the giant mess and disorganization, but from the unique patterns in my shirts, dresses and pants. Everything from outfits, furniture, art, accessories and store windows inspire me to see beyond just the fabric. One of my favorite things to do is to mix patterns and take risks by combining colors and fabrics that would normally not go together.

When wearing patterns, look at the fabric your working with; if it’s floral, lines, swirls or dots, look at the colors that are present. Pull out a color that stands out to you, if it’s the navy blue in your skirt, pull it out in a light blue top. Not every outfit has to match perfectly—it’s okay to be random in your selections.

When walking down the street, this Fashionista caught my eye because of her beautifully patterned floral shawl. I adore how simple yet interesting this look comes off and how this Fashionista paired all of the colors and accessories. Her combat boots flow with her black tank top and black shorts. The black contrasts with the bright colors in her shawl. The black creates a solid background to make the colors pop.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? ”It only takes a couple extra minuets to throw on an outfit with an interesting pattern and play off the fabric in your outfit and accessories. In the end wearing something different and unique makes trying a little harder in the morning all worthwhile.”