If you’re a flamboyant dresser, odds are you’ve got a bunch of fun patterns and prints in your closet. They’re super fun to play with and always attract attention if that’s what you’re looking to do. But if you’re on a budget, it can be hard to play with those kinds of pieces when you want to create a new outfit but don’t have the funds to go buy one. It isn’t impossible, though, and we’re here with some ways for you to tackle this challenging fashion problem and look like you’ve walked out the pages of Vogue magazine.
Pinstripes and animal prints like leopard constitute neutrals in this particular corner of the fashion world. That means your leopard print pants can be used like you would a pair of jeans. Feel free to put a paisley on top of those suckers and you’ll be surprised at how well it works. That pinstripe skirt you have can easily be topped with a soft floral print for a beautiful flash of color.
You’re already making a bold statement by mixing patterns and prints, so it’s going to be easy to go overboard. You can work a neutral stripe with a funky pattern, but if you add a polka dot scarf, you’ll have crossed into tacky-land. Pick something prominent, like a full skirt or a bright, flamboyant top. Then, pair it with something more subtle or that has a more subdued color. Your outfit needs to work together as a whole, and that’s impossible when you have two or more competing pieces. So, never do more than two, and of those two, one should play second fiddle just a little. You might like a lot of your pieces, but that doesn’t mean you should wear them all at once. There’s a reason clowns wear lots of different patterns and prints. They look silly.
If your patterns or prints don’t match, you can put them together using some colors that do. A great way to do that is to find patterns and prints that share opposite or inverse colors. Black and white stripes absolutely work with black and white flowers. Blacks and whites are always good places to start when trying any new fashion techniques. If you’ve got zebra print pants and a snow leopard jacket, don a black and white she’s eating for two I’m drinking for three shirt and you’ll turn heads in the best of ways. Some other examples of colors that work together when mixing patterns and prints are red and green, purple and yellow and orange and blue.