Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Style School: Mixing Prints

Loud prints may have you shying away from playing Sir Mix-A-Lot when, in fact, you should be embracing it. While we understand the apprehension – after all, a loud pattern can be intimidating and mixing prints can seem daunting – there’s no need to cower in the corner, ladies!
A fresh palette of prints and patterns is actually a fashionable way to glam up your wardrobe. Follow my seven tips below to master the art of pattern play:

1. Take a cue from It girl Olivia Palermo’s pastels and mix prints in the same color family. TRY: Fraiche by J Abigail Cold Shoulder Print Romper ($124) with Joie Jacobson Jacket ($348)
2. Stick to neutrals like Emmy Rossum’s black and white if you want a subtle take on this trend. TRY: MLM Label Salo Gingham Wrap Shirt ($175) with A.L.C. Vera Bandanna-Print Silk Miniskirt ($425)
3. Try out corresponding – not matching – patterns like Sarah Jessica Parker’s stripes. TRY: Two by Vince Camuto Stripe Linen Blend Ankle Pants ($89) with ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Striped Cashmere V-Neck Sweater ($138)
4. Consider neutral accessories like Marjorie Harvey’s white heels to avoid pattern overload. TRY: Tom Ford Alix Small Calfskin Shoulder Bag ($1890) and Steve Madden Stecy ($80)
5. Leopard looks especially stylish with a geometric print like Kristina Bazan’s pairing. TRY: Asos Star Print Daisy Street Skater Dress ($38) with Anderson’s Leopard Print Belt ($165)
6. The same pattern in varying sizes like Janelle Monae’s polka dots creates a visually interesting look. TRY: Kate Spade Spot Silk Flip Skirt ($149) with Saloni Emilie Polka Dot Silk Top ($325)
7. Have fun! Patterns are meant to be playful for a reason. Fashion should never be taken too seriously, so don’t be afraid to get creative and take risks.

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