February 12th, 2009
If you’re interested in playing with pattern, but your closet is full of solid colored clothing, you’re not alone. We get tons of questions from women asking how to start to integrate pattern into their wardrobe. The good news? Though the prospect of patterns can be pretty daunting, the reality of patterns is that they’re really easy to wear. The key is to match the size of the pattern to your personal architecture. If you’re petite, opt for patterns that are smaller in size–and vice versa. Here’s a fashion formula that shows you how to start wearing pattern:
1. Start with the basics: a plain white button down shirt and a pair of high waisted grey pants.
2. Against this basic backdrop, add the key to the outfit: a statement yellow and brown patterned shell. Let the collar on the white shirt peek out from under the patterned shell.
2. Toss on a brightly colored coat in a complementary color. Because yellow and green are next to each other on the color wheel, they pair together nicely. Also notice how the 3/4 sleeves on the coat allow the lower part of the sleeves on the white shirt to be seen.
4. Slip on a pair of heels. The brown color of the heels echoes the brown in the belted green jacket.
How do you wear pattern? Share your style with us in the comments!