Incorporating patterns into your wardrobe can feel overwhelming and maybe even a bit out of your comfort zone.
Styling your outfits with patterns, prints, and bold designs can be a little tricky, even challenging, when you are trying to pair them with other pieces. But getting dressed should be a fun and exciting part of your day, not something that you dread or that causes you stress or anxiety. That's why, today, we're filling you in on all the tips and tricks you need to know for styling patterns like a pro.
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3 Tips for Incorporating Patterns and Prints Like a Styling Pro
When done well, incorporating patterns and prints into your outfits can elevate your look, making you appear more polished, put-together, and fashion-forward. Do this right, and you'll take control of the room the moment you walk in.
Here's what you need to know about styling with prints and patterns:
TIP # 1 — PAIR YOUR PRINT WITH A NEUTRAL
Let a single print do the talking by matching it with a neutral. Pairing your print with neutral counterparts allows the print to be the focal point of your outfit. This is a great starting point to incorporating various patterns and won't leave you feeling overwhelmed.
When in doubt, keep it simple! Find a complementing or matching color within your print and run with that. For example, opt for black pants and shoes if you have a standard colored cheetah print blouse.
TIP # 2 — USE ACCESSORIES TO INCORPORATE PATTERNS AND PRINTS
As mentioned above, some people can feel intimidated or overwhelmed when dressing in prints and patterns. Many people prefer to dress in solids or pieces considered to be a bit simpler, neutral, or timeless.
If this sounds like you, you can still incorporate pieces that feature designs and patterns in a less intimidating way — a way that feels like less of a commitment. Instead of buying clothes with prints or patterns, stick with printed or patterned accessories.
Not too sure about a plaid top? Find some flats or a scarf with a plaid pattern. Is that animal print skirt too "loud" for you? Try a neutral outfit with a cheetah print belt or a snakeskin clutch instead.
TIP # 3 — MIX AND MATCH YOUR PATTERN WITH OTHER PATTERNS
It used to be a fashion faux pas to mix prints, but that's what is so fun about modern fashion: there are no rules! It is all about wearing what makes you happy and something that you feel confident and 100% yourself.
Mixing and matching your prints with another print or two can really take your outfit to the next level. But taking it too far may make your outfit look similar to a clown's! So, if you want to avoid looking like Bozo the Clown, there are a handful of things you can do:
Make Sure to Balance the Patterns — When mixing and matching patterns, it's all about balance. Balancing your prints involves looking at the proportions of the designs. For example, you may want to pair large prints with a smaller print or pair a simple print with something a bit busier. Pair a simple print with something larger and bolder. Mixing "loud" prints with a more minimal counterpart almost always works.
Stick to the Same Color Family — Mixing patterns in the same tonal range will help your outfit feel a bit more put together. If you're ever stuck or feeling unsure, stick with pairing two totally different prints in the same color family.
Mix Patterns With Inverted Colors — Speaking of mixing and matching within the same tonal range, mixing prints with inverted colors is a "safe" way to incorporate multiple patterns in your look. If one pattern is black and white, but there's a lot more white, find another black and white pattern where the black takes the driver's seat.
Pick Similar Patterns in Varying Scales — Select two prints that are similar in design but are different in size. For example, choose a classic polka dot skirt and pair it with a more modern polka dot top.
Select an Accent Print — If you are feeling intimidated about mixing multiple prints together, you can get your toes wet by choosing an accent print as your second print. A hint of a contrasting pattern will add just enough little flair without going overboard.
Don't Forget Textural Patterns — Another way to ease yourself into mixing and matching patterns is to incorporate textural patterns with another print. For example, grab your favorite animal print skirt and pair it with a monochrome tweed jacket.
- Stick With One or Two Other Prints — Mixing and matching prints can get out of hand really quickly. So, sticking with one (or two, if you must) other print(s) can help keep a handle on your outfit.
Incorporate Patterns Like a Styling Pro with Halftees!
With Halftee, there's no reason to feel overwhelmed when incorporating patterns into your everyday looks!
Our tops come in many different styles; you can find a print, solid color, neckline, and sleeve length that best suits you, making getting dressed a breeze. Halftee makes getting dressed fun and easy, even when you want to layer with bold patterns and prints.
When you get dressed with Halftee, you will enjoy modest layering without the additional layers of clothes that cause bulkiness and overheating. Regardless of where your day takes you — to school, a formal event, work, or a day spent doing errands or hanging out at home — Halftees can be worn for all occasions and will make any look modest and something you want to wear! We strongly believe that all young and old women should feel comfortable, fabulous, and confident in their outfits, regardless of their style!
Halftees were designed with ultimate comfort in mind, and thanks to our signature 2" band, your top will stay in place. The Halftee is the perfect underlayer for all your favorite blouses and dresses, minus the uncomfortable bulkiness and additional layers of standard undershirts.
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