Kickin’ It for SpringPosted: April 21, 2014 | |
I’m grateful and excited to be styling an amazing Spring photo shoot in a couple of weeks (juicy details to come!). So it’s fitting that I post a few Spring outfits to get me in the mood.
I guess not a lot has changed since February 2011 when I blogged about Wearing More Patterns. Layering patterns is now more widely embraced than even a couple of years ago; they evoke nods of approval instead of stares of confusion. I love this fashion shift; beige on beige was killing my soul.
The key to mixing patterns is to ensure each print contains a common colour; this is what adds cohesiveness to the outfit. Below are three Spring outfits that demonstrate how to pull multiple patterns off. I’m a big proponent of elastic waistbands so these outfits aren’t only head turners, they’re comfortable too.
Mix and match metallics. A hot gold blazer, silver joggers and metallic green heels are definitely a winning combo. Add a clean black purse to complete the outfit and you’re good to go.
Multiple floral patterns keep it fresh. The cherry blossoms have painted Vancouver pink, the tulips are blooming and you’re layering floral prints in support of it all. Here, fuchsia ties the blouse and skirt together quite nicely. Tuck in the blouse to emphasize your waist and anchor the ensemble with solid-coloured pumps.
The multi-patterned shift dress. Don’t feel confident mixing and matching quite yet? Let the dress do it for you. This shift combines multiple colours and varying pattern sizes. The riskiness of the multiple prints is offset by the dress’ simple shape. A blouse collar in a similar leaf pattern adds depth to the ensemble. Solid black heels and a painterly envelop clutch take the outfit from sweet daytime picnic to sultry night-time stumble home.
Now, if you don’t know where to start in terms of pattern mixing, do what I do: throw on a few pieces at random and see how they make you feel. Your clothes, and not playing it safe with them, just may surprise you!
(All photos by Superfora)