by: Madison Dzikowicz
I used to fear patterns and trying to create looks that involved anything other than stripes and solids (specifically in black and white), but as my style evolved and changed, so did my confidence in pattern mixing and matching. There were a few things that helped me get to this point; a few tips and tricks that made patterns seem less daunting. Let’s jump in, shall we?
First off, tones. Tones are all the rage and rightly so, I love me a tonal outfit. However, I’m talking about mixing tones in patterns. We could go back to the black and white I was mentioning earlier, but that’s boring. Finding similar tones in different patterns is an easy way to feel like you’re “matching” your patterns. A white floral shirt that has pink flowers would go perfectly with a red polka dot skirt. A forest green striped dress would mix well with an emerald green plaid blazer. The possibilities are endless with playing with tones. Hit that do-re-mi!
Next up, styling patterns of the same type is a game-changer. I’m thinking of animal print with animal print, stripes with stripes, polka dots with polka dancing, you name it! Really though, I dare you to go dig in your closet and find two similar patterned pieces. Even if it’s a jacket and a top, or a dress and scarf, throw them on and get funky! The continuity of pattern will make the look more cohesive like they were made for each other, which I promise you they were. There’s nothing more fun than stepping out in an outfit that screams menagerie.
This next one is for my beginners out there, try mixing a subtle pattern with a bold pattern. Back to the black and white stripes, I know I’m sorry. Because stripes are a pretty common pattern and black and white are pretty reserved colors this makes for a great base to start your look. Pairing that low-key pattern with that super 80’s rainbow floral patterned top, shoulder pads and all, you have hiding in the back of your wardrobe (or is that just me?) will create the ultimate mash-up of prints. If you have a patterned piece that is tone-on-tone, mhmm we’re back to tones, that could also be a perfect piece to pair with something a little bolder.
My last tip for all is to have FUN! That’s right, have fun with getting dressed. Fashion and style are what you make it, you can do whatever you want, as long as it makes you feel good. There are no rules to fashion or style, so don’t let anyone tell you there are. I promise there is nothing more gratifying than knowing that you are expressing your truest self and honoring your personal style. Play around, try new things, try old things, just be YOU! Your looks will be fire, and not only because you were playing with matches ;-).