Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Mixing of Prints: A How-To

One of the biggest fashion trends right now is mixing patterns, but it is rarely done outside of the runway and Hollywood. I wonder, though, if it's because we "normal folk" don't know how to do it. And so we don't. And for some, it's just not their style. But if you've ever liked the idea of mixing patterns and prints but haven't done it because you don't know how, here are some tips. It's so simple that really, there are only two:

1. Pick prints with the same colors.
2. Pick prints that are of the same size/scale. Big with big and small with small.

Here is an outfit that I styled during a photo shoot a few years ago that mixes patterns of green and purple. (All pieces are from H&M)

And for good measure, throw in an accessory that adds yet another dimension.

Mixing patterns isn't for everyone. It requires more confidence to pull off than some feel they have, worrying that they'll walk around looking like they are participating in their high school "Clash Day" activities instead of making a fashion statement. But for those of us who like to GO without exactly matching, this is perfect.

And I might add that even if you don't like to dress like this, it's a GREAT tool to use when decorating your house. I'm learning that interior decorating and creating outfits are basically the same thing. So even doing something small like making the pillows on your couch different- maybe one a stripe and one a floral but the same colors- it makes quite a statement and looks more personal. Catalog looks are nice, but they are impersonal. Life seems so much more fun when your house and your outfit have glimpses of you and who you are, dontcha think?

I think my next two blog posts will get into two more ways to "GO without matching." One involves creativity when picking colors to wear together and the other involves playing with shades of color. So ya'll come back now, ya hear? :)

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