Friends, I’m so excited to introduce a new Shopping’s My Cardio columnist to you: the exceedingly fabulous Kimberly Brandt, of Billede Design. Kim is a stylist extraordinaire, responsible for designing everything from magazine shoots to fashion lookbooks from some of my favorite local designers. She just radiates style in her personal life to, and – unlike me – is never afraid to take a fashion risk. So, I’ve asked her to pop in here from time to time, to help us stretch our style boundaries just a smidge. You’ll see her new “Trends to Try” column every two weeks in the new year, but she’s come up with a couple of columns now to pique your interest. I can hardly wait to see what’s next!
I’m so happy to be guest blogging today! So, I’m sure you have all spotted the ‘pattern mixing’ trend that’s absolutely everywhere right now. It’s fun and fashion-forward, but it can be a bit tricky to pull off, so I’m here today to share some of my favorite advice about how to make it work!
Pattern-mixing is a great way to update old pieces that are sitting in the back of your closet right now. Who doesn’t have stripes, plaids, and polka dots in their wardrobe? Give a good mix up, pair them together, and you have a whole new look! But how? How do you pair totally different patterns together, and how do you know what’s hot and what’s heinous? Well, you’re in luck! I have tips and examples to make it easy:
- Stick with similar, or complementary colors.
- Pair a soft pattern with a crisp pattern – ie, a floral with a stripe.
- Match a round pattern with a sharp pattern – ie, dots with plaid.
- Combine a loose pattern with a tight pattern – ie, a large-scale, graphic print with a micro print.
- Remember that animal prints are a great first step. They work as a neutral and have endless pairing possibilities.
- Don’t forget about silhouette and texture, which is often as powerful as pattern (think of chunky knits or bold tweeds)! Pair loose, flowing pieces with more tailored/structured choices for best results.
- Above all, be bold! Confidence is the key to pulling off this look.
This look from Tucker is a great example of how complementary tones help pull together mixed patterns.
And these combinations from Karen Walker show how easy it is to pair a soft, loose pattern with a smaller, tighter pattern.
Images c/o Karen Walker, from Style.com
CARDIGAN New York always has the most beautiful lookbooks. This shot shows a loose, textural sweater paired with the tight, tonal pattern of the sequins to create a look that’s the perfect mix of cozy and sophisticated.
And last but not least, I went to the first of many Holiday Parties this last weekend and spotted both of these great real-life examples of pattern-mixing. The results were festive, fun and unexpected – just perfect!
Good luck applying this in your own wardrobe. Let us know how it goes!! –Kim Brandt