If you’ve looked at any spring catalogs or been to the stores lately, you’ll notice some fun patterns on clothing, accessories, and shoes. For some, prints and patterns are overlooked because they appear too busy or even too complicated to wear. And, for others, they love a good print and wear them daily.
Adding a couple of patterns to your wardrobe will allow for more interest and versatility with your outfit options. With anything, make sure it’s one you love and can see yourself wearing.
Let me answer a few questions about 3 ways to wear prints and patterns so you can start wearing them with confidence.
3 Ways to Wear Prints and Patterns
How do I begin to even choose a pattern or two to wear when there are so many?
This season you’ll see bold tropical botanicals, palm prints, cartoon florals, splattered prints, blocked prints, stripes, polka dots, tie-dye, plaid, snakeskin, and lots of mixed prints. Do any of these prints and patterns interest you?
If you have catalogs or fashion/design magazines at home, sit down and study the pages. Is there anything that interests you? Take note of the prints and patterns that represent you or your interests and try them on the next time you are out shopping.
For more tips, here’s a blog post on Wearing Prints for Personal and Practical Reasons
Does the size of the pattern matter?
Traditionally it’s been said that petite women should wear small prints. I disagree with that. Clothing always has to be in the right proportion but within that proportion can exist a patterned skirt or top that is larger scale if the woman has large-scale features (eyes, nose, mouth), a booming personality, or is a rule-breaker by nature.
On the flip side, I use patterns strategically with my clients to “hide” their perceived flaws or accentuate and highlight another area. This is where the science of getting dressed and choosing patterns comes into play.
How do I keep prints from looking too busy?
Add an accessory in a bold color like a bold gold necklace or a stack of solid colored bangles to give the eye something to look at besides the pattern. Another thing that works when wearing two garments in different prints is to add a belt. A thin or wide belt separating prints helps ground your outfit.
A solid colored third piece, such as a cardigan or blazer will also tone down the pattern.
For more tips, here’s a blog post on 4 Tips to Mix and Match Your Patterns
Are there any prints and patterns you want to add to your wardrobe this season?
I highly encourage you to make friends with prints and patterns this season. They really can add life and interest to your work, weekend, and beyond wardrobe!
Between work, travel, and family, most professional men and women don’t have the time to be confident in their appearance on their own, but with my 5-Step Closet Codebook System, you’ll have a wardrobe that fits, flatters, and makes you feel fabulous and put-together for work, the weekend, and beyond! Schedule a complimentary phone consultation today!