Posted on June 7, 2013

Geometric Pattern Clash

Wardrobe

 

Stripes pattern clash

Stripes pattern clash

 

“Mix it, don’t match” is Jenna Lyons motto, beautifully displayed in her trendy JCrew fashion collections. What used to be an absolute no-go for decades has now become the signature look of bold fashionistas worldwide.

Fear not, pattern clash is not only for the over-confident rebels of dressers. Make pattern complement each other rather than conflict for a harmnious, romantic look. For me, the below  points worked when clashing with pattern:

  • Mix pattern within the geometric family, i.e. polka dots with stripes or gingham checks with polka dots
  • When mixing pattern, pickup on of the colours in print A with print B
  • Breton Stripes usually go well with various pattern

I must admit I didn’t feel comfortable mixing leopard with florals but it’s all a question of trying it out and see if it works for you!

Above: I am mixing stripes in the blue and pink colour family: Navy pink bubble skirt from Max & Co, navy Breton shirt with boat neck from Banana Republic, ankle boots “Sprinkle” from Kurt Geiger.

Geometric Pattern Clash Inspirations

 

From left to right:

1. I am clashing  gingham trousers with a dotty silk blouse. All from Gant.

2. Zara’s interpretation of the Miu Miu FW2012 collection, clashing 70s geometric prints.

3. Mixing a polka dot dress with stripey long sleeved shirt underneath.

4. Inspiration from the German Freundin magazine May 2013:  Stripey Box top with wide boat neck (Brigitte Bardot’s favourite shirt style) from Tara Jarmon. Sandals with block midi heel from Mango. Pink and black striped skirt from Marc Cain.

Pattern stripe clash

Sunglasses from Chloé. Cat earrings from Les Nereides Paris.

Sunglasses from Chloé. Cat earrings from Les Nereides Paris.

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