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.
2. Checks All Over
Matching checks keeping the base color constant is the only rule for this look.
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.
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.
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 🙂
If you do try any of my styling tips, do send in your pictures through email or Instagram!! I would love to see them 🙂
Top : Forever21| Wide Leg Trouser : Ajio| Heels: Zara | Bag : Charles and Keith | Jewellery : Thrift Market |Wrist Watch : Armani Exchange
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