Print On Print

Prints and patterns have a lot of history, few of them having some political significance too. It started in 50’s and over time, experimentation continued till 90’s. Post 2000’s , it is mostly a revival of previous patterns with a touch of creativity.

Did you know that the polka dots pattern came into existence when a group of dancers wore polka dot blouses to protest Wall Street supporting Vietnam war!! Fashion does have some history attached to it in addition to the creative perspective.

Fashion runways have been flooded with Print on Print trend this season and I am sold for this trend due to the risk involved in creating a flawless look while keeping in mind the color palettes, print patterns, accessories and lot more.

Let’s not dig into the old trend of matching prints with solid plain opposites to which most of us are inclined to. Let’s just dive into mastering the art of matching prints which is quite a challenge for many of us unless we know how to decipher the logic behind that.

Since many of you also requested for a blog on this trend in my Instagram , let’s get started.

( In case you are still trying to figure out, mixing prints basically means matching a printed top with a printed bottom)

Firstly, the Do’s and Don’ts:

  • If you are mixing two different patterns, then it’s better to stick to similar color palette. It’s better not to go for contrasts in this case.
  • If you are mixing similar prints, you can play around with the color palette. Keep in mind, that the color of the pattern could be contrasted but the base color needs to same. ( Say, a white top with red polka dots can be matched with white trousers having vertical stripes in black)
  • Pattern colors could be matched based on contrast but NEVER the base colors.

I have experimented with mixing similar patterns – stripes. I stuck to monochrome and added some dainty jewellery to elevate the look.

I have also added some additional references for other types of mixing patterns. Hope it helps 🙂

Also, do let me know if it really helped 😀

1. Stripes All Over Look

Mixing stripes while keeping the base color constant.

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2. Checks All Over

Matching checks keeping the base color constant is the only rule for this look.Screen Shot 2018-04-14 at 12.06.04 PM.png

3. Polka Dots

You may try mixing polka dots of varied sizes to make it look appealing. Again, first rule first, either same base color or flip the base color of top with pattern color of bottom.Screen Shot 2018-04-14 at 12.06.24 PM

4. Logo/Slogan Shirts and Patterned Bottoms

Pair a logo or slogan t-shirt with any kind of patterned bottom. Here, you can contrast the base colors, that’s actually the key to ace this look in a new way.Screen Shot 2018-04-14 at 12.06.44 PM

There are many other patterns which you can try, say, rainbow, animal, tropical prints and so on. Just stick to the main rules, you are good to go 🙂

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Top : Forever21| Wide Leg Trouser : Ajio| Heels: Zara | Bag : Charles and Keith | Jewellery : Thrift Market |Wrist Watch : Armani Exchange

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Men’s Spring Fashion Trends 2018

In line with my belief that fashion is a form of art (Be it, women or men) , I decided to start penning down fashion stories for men as well. This is going to be a first attempt at writing about Men fashion.

One surprising fact that I have discovered during the research for this post is that the most prominent fashion magazines and websites in India hardly have any articles on Men fashion. However, there are enough on women fashion. This disparity is not only observed in India but also in other major fashion capitals ( even though, the situation is much better in other countries) .

Without delaying, let’s get into the trends of this spring for men.

1. Pleated Trousers

Don’t judge by the name that pleats are only for women. Pleated baggy trousers are back in trend for men.

Stick to just single pleated trousers and a strict NO to multiple pleats. Keep it baggy in the bottom and slim in the top.

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2. Vertical Striped Shirts/ Trousers

Vertical Stripes are everywhere this season – A Unisex Trend. They are literally present in every global fashion week.

Caution : Stick to straight and narrow vertical stripes. Avoid those wide striped shirts or trousers

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3. Tonal Dressing / Coordinates

This is one more unisex trend of the season. It basically means a monochrome outfit with same coloured trouser & blazer / shirt & trouser.

Focus on the pastel shades of colours. Go for bright colours if you want to stand out.

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4. Linen

Linen shirts have been in trend since long time. Adding to that trend, linen trousers made an entry this season.

Must haves in men wardrobe : White & black & beige linen shirts

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5. Side Striped Trousers

One more unisex trend. Though, I am not head over heels with this trend. If you want to try something different, then this needs to be in your list.

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6. Statement Socks

How many of you have seen Justin Trudeau slaying those bright pink or blood red ankle socks?? Yeah!! They are clearly in Spring trends list now.

If you are not comfortable with bright colours, try patterned socks in basic colours.

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7. Track Pants

Athleisure is one more go-to trend and is completely comfortable. Pick those baggy tracks lying in your workout wear and pair those with hoodies from the similar colour palette – That’s it, you are good to go out in those tracks rather than just sticking to gym.

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8. Logo T-shirts

80’s trend of logo t-shirts is back on runways and street style trends this season. This requires minimal knowledge of styling because you can just wear that t-shirt, pair it with a denim and a pair of white sneakers – you are done 😀

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All images are sourced from several fashion magazines ( street style photographs )

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