STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pattern Me Perfect

Patterns are making their mark one stars and college Fashionistas across the country. The Grammy Awards were filled with patterns, whether daring like Rihanna or bold like Nicki Minaj, they are making statements.

To jump on this trend you don’t have to go head-to-toe in a crazy pattern, you can start with a single patterned item. This Fashionista chose to sport a solid ensemble and make it pop with black patterned tights. This one simple accessory helped add interest to the muted blacks and grays in her outfit. Her tights create an edgy appearance. She chose the simple route, but she could have played up the pattern by adding a decorative scarf or headband.

You can use a pattern to set the mood for your outfit. If it’s date night, then try something flirty and feminine, like this bag from Anthropologie. For class go boho with this tribal-patterned tote.

If you’re hoping to take this trend to the next level, you can do a subtle pattern all over like LeAnn Rimes or try mixing patterns like this Fashionista from the University of Kentucky.

Want to start with a pop of pattern before going all out? Start simple with patterned jewelry. Stripes are in and this chunky bangle from Forever 21 will help to jump start your pattern love affair. Whether outrageous or simple patterns are here to stay for the season.
 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pattern Me Perfect

In fashion, there are always rules thrown around. No navy with black, no white pants or shoes after labor day, no baring of undergarments, and finally, no mixing of patterns. Well, each and every one of these "rules" has been turned on its head. After the recent popularization of underwear as outerwear, it makes sense that more rule breaking was in the cards in the form of mixing and matching patterns. Pairing of prints that don't "match" in the traditional way, really draws attention to an outfit as trendy and risky–a wonderful quality to have in a personal style.

I spotted this Fashionista in the elevator and was so completely mesmerized by her outfit. From the leopard print platform heels to the bright floral dress, her look was so uniquely fantastic. She was polished, but not in a boring or matronly way, and every last detail made sense. The foxtail hanging from her bag, the zebra print pedicure, the bright red lipstick, it all summed to the perfect finishing touches to her mix-and-matched printed ensemble. 

This Fashionista used the proportion of the prints to keep the outfit in check. The floral wasn't overpowering, and allowed for the bold shoes to stand apart. Don't forget to take size and proportion into consideration when wearing two patterns together. A horizontal stripe with a brocade, floral skirt, can be a really smart look if the stripes aren't too thick with an enormous floral, and instead you opt for one big pattern and one smaller.

A hint to pulling off the double pattern? Confidence. This Fashionista walked with such cool self-confidence that she really sold her outfit. It was the perfect finishing detail to an absolutely well thought-out and imaginative look.

Looking for some fun patterns to play with? Try this pair of airy shorts, this tribal bandeau top, or this cool, futuristic dress. Challenge yourself by working pieces like this into your wardrobe in unexpected ways. You won't regret breaking the rules after seeing all the fun new looks this opens up for you in your closet.

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