Are you up for a pattern mix?
Then this is YOUR summer fashion!
I promise it will be colourful and wildly mixed & matched.
What is it about the new look? Is it the colours, the patterns?
No, it's simply the ingenious confusion, which in the end forms a perfect combination when, for example, animal print meets floral patterns with Caribbean colours. Or the strict graphic pattern that merges with the ornate ethnoprint to form a new canvas.
The result of the lively mixing of patterns:
it creates a good mood and has a guaranteed eye-catcher effect.
The patterns, which seem to be patched randomly with ease, are deliberately composed according to a certain styling formula.
For the fashion ladies, who love this new mixing of patterns and want to try it out, I've put together a few tips.
Pattern mixing for beginners: For women, like me, who want to try out the trend, but prudently, I advise to try a mix that consists exclusively of black and white patterns. It's not too loud nor too restless, but doesn't look too cautious either. Whether going for a sporty or elegant look, no fashion faux-pas can be made. My second tip is insignificantly more difficult. Here, patterns are mixed from one colour spectrum - e.g. different green or blue tones, which are then mixed with another colour. Add a bag in a contrasting colour to set the necessary accent. As a third option, I recommend to mix different stripes in several colours, so the whole look has the feel of a flowing theme. It always looks good and is easy for style beginners to implement.
Pattern mixing for the advanced: With a little styling skill, a combination that initially seems strange can look fresh and attractive. And this is how it works: Be sure to repeat two colours in the different prints. Another pattern mix variant consists of mixing different materials. For example, a skirt with a woven pattern, like a brocade, can be combined with a patterned knit sweater for daytime use. The knitted sweater takes the evening elegance out of the elegant skirt and a perfect pattern mix has been created. The only requirement is that the sweater or skirt has the same shade of colour.
Pattern mixing for experts: Advanced stylists can put the pedal to the metal! Strong colours and intense patterns can be mixed in a variety of colours. But be careful; as always, the colours of the patterns play an important role. To ensure the look doesn't get too wild and fall out of place, the different colours can be softened with natural tones; for example with a beige-brown belt in animal print.
For those who want mix more wildly, the key is to stick with one type of style. By this I mean that a floral-patterned blouse in Victorian style should not be paired with graphic cycling shorts. That kind of look will never look stylish, but rather come across as a failed attempt.
- No more than a maximum of three different prints and colours should be combined.
- A large print must always be combined with two smaller patterns, otherwise the patterns will clash.
- The colours must match, not the patterns.
- For very wild patterns, please always stick with one style; e.g. do not mix sporty and romantic pieces.
- The look must not be overloaded with jewelry and accessories.
- Combinations with geometric patterns and animal or floral prints are particularly nice
- When mixing three different patterns, the largest pattern should be the most visible. The second largest pattern should be 30% and the smallest 10% visible.
- Patterns that don't mix well, but match in colour, can be brought together with a monochromic belt or separated with layers, but he colour should be apparent in both patterns.
- Smartly mixed patterns can cover up little problem areas or accentuate your best features. Large patterns cover up wide hips, small patterns enhance what you want to show off.
- Curvy girls should choose large patterns, as they direct the attention away from the figure flaw.
- Petite ladies should always choose small patterns, as larger prints can seem to swallow them whole.
- A mix of patterns can be particularly interesting when combined with unusual web art.
- Those of you not brave enough to mix patterns yourselves should try dresses that come in ready-to-go mixed patterns.
Anni Carlson showed us how to do it and presented a beautifully patterned and multicoloured summer collection. Or why not get some professional advice from one of our personal stylists, who can show you how to mix patterns successfully? Complimentary!