Hello! Carson, here!
Happy Spring, everyone! Spring always seems like a fresh start, and can be the perfect time to breath new life into your wardrobe. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and by a ton of new pieces, but maybe look at some of your warm-weather favorites in a different way. Fun patterns and springtime just seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly, so lets talk about how to incorporate them into your wardrobe.
Get to Know Gingham
I like to think of Gingham as plaid’s Spring/Summer cousin. It’s a great pattern to add into your spring wardrobe because it can work as a neutral with other patterns, or stand alone of it’s own.
Remember that satirical quote from The Devil Wears Prada: “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” Let’s face it; nothing says “Springtime” quite like flowers on clothing. While it certainly is the season of the floral dress, you might want to try out incorporating flowery patterns in a more unexpected way. Sometimes bringing in patterns with a smaller accessory can make a bigger impact- like with a statement handbags or neck scarf. Think of pieces that are normally solid, such as blazers and bombers, and use that as your floral piece. You’ll get a lot more use out of floral accessories and toppers than just one floral dress.
Classic Blouse, When in Doubt:
You can never go wrong with pairing a classic, white blouse with a bold pattern. If you’re an hourglass, pear, inverted triangle, or athletic body type, try tucking the blouse into a high waisted skirt to define the smallest part of your waist. If you’re an apple, well-tailored pencil pants with a blouse that hits you right at the hip would be chic and classic. This would be a great way to ease into wearing a bold pattern if you normally like to stick with solids. Ready to step up the style? For a more casual vibe, swap out the white blouse for a chambray shirt. Chambray is a wardrobe essential, and acts like a neutral against almost any pattern. If you’re ready to step it up once more, let’s talk about one of my favorite styling tricks: print mixing (see next section)!
Mix It Up:
Print mixing might seem intimidating if it’s something you haven’t tried, but with a couple of these simple guidelines, you’ll be mixing like a pro this Spring:
-Try starting out with a print that acts as a neutral- like gingham or stripes. Stripes can be easily incorporated with a brighton top, which are those basic navy (or black) and white, horizontal striped shirts. Brighton tops are a great wardrobe essential to keep in you’re wardrobe, and can act as a great base from print mixing! There’s several examples of this in the following pictures.
-Animal print is also considered a neutral. There’s nothing I love more than a good leopard shoe or clutch to polish off an outfit!
-Match at least one color. If the two prints have at least one color that coordinates, the overall look will be more cohesive. The prints don’t need to have all the same colors, but think of them as just being part of the same color story.
-Stripes and polka dots are a winning combination.
-Don’t be afraid to play around! One of the best things about styling (and I know, also frustrating) is that sometimes you just have to visually see how something works together, rather than trying to figure out the right formula for it. So go into your closet or the store dressing room, and play with patterns!
I hope these pops of pattern help add a little extra Spring to your step!