With spring almost upon us (the first day of spring is March 20th, after all) it’s inevitable you’ll start seeing lots of pretty patterns. A few of the big ones you’ll be seeing this year are florals, nautically inspired designs (stripes and anchors), and black with white. It can be a little overwhelming to approach such bold patterns. Will I look silly in a print? What if it dwarfs me? What would I wear it with? Such questions may be running through your head when first viewing said bold patterns. Have no fear; I am here to help you create three perfect patterned outfits!
One patterned piece
To ease yourself into the look, just include one patterned piece into your outfit. It can be whatever you’d like (blazer, shirt, pant, shoes, etc.). Once you’ve determined which item you’d like to use you’ll need to build your outfit around that. First identify the neutral colors in the pattern (white, black, grey, navy, nude)…found them? This will help give you an idea of what to pair with it. In the example below the blazer I’m using has both navy and white in it – so I’ve paired it back to dark denim jeans and a white tank top (see how identifying those neutrals came in handy?). To add the fun finishing touch I’ve added a chartreuse colored scarf to pull out the brightest colors of the blazer.
Back to black (and white)
If color isn’t your thing, feel free to play around with black and white patterns. They always look great paired back to black, white, or denim bottoms. A good way to get this look to pop is by adding metallic accessories. As you can see below I’ve taken a patterned black and white top and paired it with black leggings (which aren’t visible in the picture). To give the look a more finished feel, I’ve added a small silver metallic purse with gold accents and a gold/silver necklace. Et voila!
This is the one that gets the trickiest but pays off most in the end when you get it right. For those of you just starting off, it’s best to experiment with two patterns first. Once you’ve mastered that you can play with three or more (depending on how daring you are). The most important thing to remember when mixing more than one pattern is to pick a color or two that run through each pattern. Below I’ve given two examples. The first is just two patterns and pairs a cream sweater over a rose patterned top, topping it all off with a cream and tan chevron scarf. Notice, I’ve picked cream to be the color that runs through the whole look.
The second look combines three patterns. The base layer is an Aztec inspired print, topped with a black and white stripped sweater, tied together with a black and white window pane patterned scarf. The finishing touch is a blush pink purse, to pull out the same color pink in the base layer and tie everything together.
That wasn’t so hard, was it? Enjoy wearing those bold patterns this spring and summer!
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