STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Playful Patterns

As I have said before, I am all about making a statement. When a girl sports a statement piece, a subtle element of personal style is magnified. Whether it’s wearing a neon blouse, a chunky statement necklace or outrageous shoes, statements are just flat out fabulous. With pieces like these, you can wear the simplest of outfits without the fear of coming off as bland or boring. Though these are probably the most common means of spicing up your outfit, I have discovered an easy and fun new way to make the same lasting impression – a fun pattern! I spotted this crisp Fashionista on a rainy morning at GW. Her pattern made an instantaneous impression on me. I naturally approached her immediately with intrigue.

This polished Fashionista is sporting a beige, short trench coat, a chain-linked scoop-neck dress and jelly flats. A short trench in my opinion is a more versatile and casual raincoat.  It is a garment that doesn’t entirely cover an outfit, like a full trench. Rather, it completes or adds to a look in rainy weather. The chain-linked dress is, by far, the focal point of this Fashionista’s look. The bright coral color within the pattern appeals to the eye and works extremely well with the beige trench. And, because the pattern of the dress is a statement by itself, the Fashionista has wisely opted for simple shoes and accessories. The jelly flats add a fun, yet simple element to the outfit while still remaining understated. This Fashionista got it spot on!

Though this chain pattern is undoubtedly chic, such patterns are sometimes hard to stumble across. However, if you can’t seem to find a pattern like this one, I would suggest simply going with a bright and bold colored dress.  When a girl is wearing a color that is ideal for skin tone and hair color, there is a very good chance that they look amazing. Just because something is simple, doesn’t mean that it’s not fabulous. Anyone can make a fashion statement. I know for me, seeing this Fashionista made me want to go venture out for some outrageous patterns for the upcoming fall season.

 

 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Playful Patterns

This Fashionista’s outfit is a mixture of patterns, textures, and color resulting in a finished look that is eye catching and daringly fashion forward. All pieces of the outfit complement each other and give the perfectly crafted look consistency. The white lace detail on the Fashionista’s unstructured knit shorts match her fitted top, while their warm hues are reflected by matching suede fringe booties and wrap belt. 

The pop of posh derives from the pairing of this leggy lady’s neutral Aztec patterned shorts and bright Rasta inspired bag; defining one of the season’s hottest trends, mixing patterns. The look is tricky and a total hit or miss. You can either look like you stepped off the runway or got dressed in the pitch black.

In order to avoid looking like a hot mess, simple tips must be followed to achieve this intricate style.  The key is finding one color scheme and carrying it throughout the look. The Fashionista choose warm hues throughout her outfit and then picked an accessory that elevated similar colors with brighter and bolder stripes for drama.

Mixing patterns is most easily accomplished by choosing one patterned piece and coordinating accessory, however for the ambitious Fashionista/o, I suggest attempting the complete look. One of my favorite ways to do so is by combining patterns that balance each other rather than compete, such as a mild floral skirt with a bold striped graphic scarf or sweater.

The trend is valuable because mixing patterns opens up many wardrobe opportunities.  Feel like you have over worn that polka dot dress or pair of tribal shorts? Grab them the next time you go shopping and hold next to potential pieces to ensure a successful look.

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