“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.
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.