When asked about assembling an outfit, some fashion experts might say to stick with the basics: one solid, one neutral and one pattern. But, here at ModCloth, we equate not taking risks with not having fun! (Really – how can you express yourself if you’re limited by rules like that?)
We’re also willing to admit that, despite our adventurous spirit, we still get a little nervous about taking certain fashion leaps. This season, plaid is rad and we have a hankering for trying new patterns and styles; the problem is that mixing patterns seems counter-intuitive and that gives us anxiety. More than one pattern looks messy and over-the-top, right?
Vasil says: “Wrong!”
Luckily for us, our fearless stylist has some more advice on taking the mixed-pattern plunge – he even explains why mixing patterns is actually a very easy and practical way to incorporate a little adventure into your wardrobe!
For Vasil’s tips on mixing patterns, keep reading!
Most people shy away from mixing patterns, but are perfectly comfortable with layering colors or textures. Vasil says you shouldn’t limit possibilities by always making a pattern the lead of your ensemble and working colors around it. Instead, use color as your lead.
Choose some brightly-colored accessories to begin, such as the Yellow Submarine Bag, Thin Lizzy Belt in Red or the ever-popular Peacock Feather Tights. Choose patterns that correspond to these accessories and you’ll be surprised at how easily they fit together!
Contrary to what you may think, mixing patterns can be quite pleasing to the eye and can take an outfit from mediocre to magnificent. You might think the patterns of the Through the Seasons Coat and The Venice Dress would clash, but the black, white and red in each actually pull the outfit together (and the bag, too)!
The combination of vintage-inspired accessories, such as the Ubiquitous Snood and progressive pattern-mixing (such as pairing the Sociable Chevron Skirt with a plaid coat) adds balance to this outfit.
Similarily, the Wholesome Cardigan provides a classic touch to this modern, spirited ensemble. We love how the bright hues of the St. Martin’s Summer Tunic, tights and The Sari Booties play off of each other.
Like what you see? Have any questions for Vasil? Let us know!