Do you like patterns? It’s enough to look at your wardrobe, surely you’ll see printed clothes or accessories. Using patterns is popular among many people because they add some diversities and a spirit to your style. On the other side, every fashion designer uses iconic patterns in their collections, as we can see prints are a fashion trend in these years according to all fashion weeks. So, you need to know how to use patterns in your style or how to coordinate different patterns together.
How To Mix Patterns
When the patterns are the same, try to keep the proportion. This means for example if your dress is in big black Polka Dots, your shoes or bag should be with smaller dots. In addition to size, you can also wear different colors: black polka dots dress along with white dots shoes.
If you want to mix different patterns, it is better to be a little more careful and not to create a messy look for yourself! So, the first step is that the patterns should be as different as possible. For example, striped are great for the mix with a floral dress or accessory.
After that, you can also use the Layering technique. In this case, do not forget to choose single-color items. As an example, pairing a white women's shirt with a charcoal wool vest, a plaid coat, and polka dots shoes will create a special style.
Colors and Patterns
When you want to use patterns as a statement item in your style, you should use a combination of colors. You can use one of these three methods to choose the proper colors that go well with the patterned accessory or garment.
1) Nude & Neutral colors: The most common colors used with patterns are neutral, i.e., white, black, gray, and nude colors like beige and wheat color. These colors go well with any printed item.
2) Look at the colors in the patterns or prints: I explain this rule with an example. There is a Baroque Print Shirt. In this one, you can see green, purple, orange and etc. So, you'll choose one of these colors for pants, bags, shoes, or other accessories. Also, this tip is helpful when you want to wear multiple colors.
3) The use of complementary colors is a traditional way to make a great style. For example, you have a bag with yellow dots so you can choose a purple dress (Purple is completing yellow).
Patterns and Prints for Plus-size & X-small Size
There is no reason to forbid patterned and printed clothes for plus-size people. It's just enough to know about the best patterns for your body shape. So do not deprive yourself of the pleasure of wearing patterned clothes and accessories.
Thin vertical stripes, especially in color contrast, make you look taller and thinner. You should choose small angled geometric shapes instead of large and circular ones.
X-Smalls who want to look a little bigger than they are, just do the opposite of what was said for plus-sizes. Horizontal and wide lines, relatively large geometric shapes with curved angles and patterns that have more than two contrasting colors are the right suggestions for you.
Where Can I Wear Patterns and Prints?
There is no limitation for when & where to wear patterns and prints. But as a formal style at work or photoshoot, Classic patterns like polka dots & houndstooth are always stylish. Don't mix the patterns and don't use the neon and sharp colors in these situations.