Prints, Patterns and Textures make a chic outfit with a modern spin altogether. It’s the kind of trend where both the younger and more mature generation can manage to pull-off the trend without looking “too young or too mature”.
Though anyone can adopt this trend; the combination of different colours, textures, and prints can be quite confusing. A common question raised by those who have attempted and failed is –
- Are there guidelines to combining different textures?
- How do I incorporate printed or patterned pieces into my wardrobe?
Truth is, to achieve this trend into one stylish look seamlessly, there are some rules you need to observe and practice on. Combining several patterns and textures is a great way of creating variety in your outfit making it more interesting and unique to your own personal sense of style.
Nevertheless, mixing different patterns and textures to create an entire look is not that easy to achieve for many wrong combinations don’t look good together. This is why most people shy away from wearing print-on-print or mixing prints or patterns with texture. However, when done correctly, the end result can look fabulously chic!
If you think you need a jumpstart to help you in creating the mixed look, here are some helpful hints to consider:
- Vary the scale of prints/patterns
MUST: Combine Medium/Large with Small patterns to create a balanced look.
CAUTION: Pairing two Large patterns will create the illusion of a wider appearance while, pairing two small patterns is painful to see.
- Go for opposite patterns and textures
MUST: Try combining light weight with heavy material or bold patterns with soft prints.
CAUTION: Don’t do an overload of the same prints all at once.
- Same colour Scheme
MUST: Pair prints that have the same dominant colour or same tonal family
CAUTION: Watch out for intense hues that will overwhelm your whole look.
- Break it up
MUST: Inject a solid colour as a third piece to your whole look to break the monotony and define your look
CAUTION: Make sure to choose a colour that fits your colour scheme.
- Some prints/patterns stand as neutrals
MUST: Stripes, polka dots and hounds-tooth and colours like black and white and navy and white are some of the universally known fashion neutrals that can be paired or combined with just about anything.
CAUTION: Polka dots on polka dots or stripes on stripes are tricky to combine, make sure to incorporate rule # 1.
- Avoid looking to “matchy”
MUST: Work with one-of-a-kind pieces, incorporate some fun and unexpected details into your wardrobe through your accessories.
CAUTION: When wearing the print-on-print trend be careful not to over accessorize.
Now that we’ve learned a few tricks and techniques, it’s time to experiment, play and have fun with an unlimited supply of colours, textures, prints and patterns!