6.12.2013

Pattern Mixing







With so many prints and patterns being on trend this season (i.e. floral, camo and stripes) it is useful to know how to mix them.  Traditionally, the patterned item acted as the focal point of the outfit while the rest of the items just supported it.  So when you add more prints into a look, you want to make sure that you keep one item as the focal point.  It may be a challenge at first, but if you are able to correctly mix two or even three patterns, then you can really take your look to the next level. 

The basic rule of mixing patterns is to make sure that the patterns are different shapes and sizes.  For example, I went for a shirt with bigger dots, so for my tie, I kept the stripes small.  For the more ambitious person, pairing the same print together can have serious payoff, but don’t expect to hit the nail on the head every time.  A great example of the same print being used successfully is the SS13 runway show for Dries Van Noten.  His use of camouflage was outstanding, layering different camouflages’ on top of each other by varying the color and the print.

However, the real key to successfully pulling off mixing patterns is to be confident and comfortable in hat you are wearing.  If you don’t like what you have on, most likely people will notice. So stay confident and stay creative and feel free to comment below!

What I have on:
Shirt: Club Monaco , Tie: Nordstroms , Shoes: ASOS , Pants: Marni for H&M

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