| Top- Uniqlo | Skirt- Francesca’s (Sold Out, Similar) | Necklace- Gorjana Gisele Long Necklace c/o Rocksbox (use code FashionInvestigatorXoxo for first month free!) | Bag- Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip Crossbody |
I used to get mad jealous when I walked down the street and saw someone wearing a random mix of clashing prints, yet somehow managed to pull it off without looking like a walking example of What Not to Wear. This style of “pattern mixing” has been quite popular for a few years now, and while I think it’s a bit on the decline, I still think it’s a really fun way to mix up my wardrobe (you guys know I’m always trying to maximize my closet). Also, it’s impressive when you do it right and people will be staring. They might be judging, but such is life. Throw that “Sorry you didn’t think to pair stripes and polka dots like creative me” shade at them always. And don’t EVER be afraid to wear something that isn’t 100% trendy right at the moment. You have to create your own sense of style, and being uniquely you is the number one step. (I will be creating a very comprehensive guide for doing this soon, get pumped.)
Tips for creating a cohesive look using clashing prints:
- Keep your jewelry very simple. You’re already going to have a lot going on so you don’t want to look like a clown. Try to keep your jewelry all one metal.
- As a lover of gold- I say, wear it on your feet or accessories. You can wear gold with literally anything, and it’s a great way to keep an overstated look balanced when it comes to shoes. Wearing black or white is also an option.
- Don’t mix more than 3 prints.
- Always feel comfortable mixing florals with stripes. It’s one of my favorite combinations.
- Leopard is your friend, and actually IS a neutral. Try pairing a leather belt with a gingham skirt and a basic tee-shirt. It’s a really nice look.
- If you’re a pattern mixing novice, try pairing a striped dress (or polka dots, or any print) with a clashing print scarf, but that incorporates the color of the dress.
- Want a more professional look? Pair a striped or checkered blazer with a white graphic print tee or fun print silk top and pair with a pencil skirt. Or denim shorts if you’re feeling crazy. If you’re feeling extra crazy throw on a leopard scarf.
- Be careful of what types of materials you are mixing and try to keep them different. Silk skirt and cotton top? Great choice. Silk floral skirt, silk striped blazer, and silk ruffled top? It could work, but consult with an iPhone snap first.
Check out these lovely ladies who have stylishly blended clashing patterns to create a polished look with finesse, ease, and a dash of imagination.
Linkups this post is linked to: | High Latitude Style | A Labour of Life | Happiness at Midlife | The Red Closet Diary | Living in Color | Mix Match Fashion | Sincerely Jenna Marie | Doused in Pink | Katherine’s Corner |