Thursday, September 6, 2012

Style Rule # 1 - How to Mix Patterns, Textures, and Prints

Ralph Lauren

A lot of us don’t know how to combine patterns, textures, and prints into one (attractive) contiguous outfit. If this is your challenge, here are a few rules you should consider particularly if you are a novice at combining different colors and textures. One, always anchor your patterns in at least one solid color. This helps to tone down more aggressive colors and patterns such as pink plaids, yellow madras or red stripes; a solid tie is great way to ground colors. Another rule would be to avoid combining vertical stripes with vertical stripes or horizontal stripes with horizontal stripes, unless you want to look like a zebra or tiger. Third, when possible colors of accessories such as belts and watchbands should always match the hue of your shoes (however, textures don’t have to match, frankly it wouldn’t hurt if you mixed them up a bit. For instance, you might not want to wear alligator shoes, an alligator belt and an alligator watchband together…through in some cow leather so that you don’t have alligator OVERKILL). Last, no matter how fashion savvy you think you are, the best thing to do when in doubt about your color combination, is to ask someone who loves you what they think about the ensemble. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for their critique before you leave the house, its best to hear it from them than to hear it whispered behind your back.   

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