Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dots // Stripes

Hi everyone, hope you are having a fantastic day! I'm mixing some staple prints with a vibrant blazer today in the hope of  adding some cheer to this slightly overcast day. I've been on the hunt for a classic red blazer for a long time. I'll admit, the search hasn't been short or easy. A great cut and fit aside, finding the right shade of red proved to be challenging but crucial. It's like searching for that perfect shade of red lipstick, a process not to be rushed :P 
J.Crew mini polka dot silk top with MANGO red suit blazer jacket
Top: J.Crew; Jacket: MANGOSkirt: Zara; Sunglasses: Karen WalkerNecklace: Zara; Bag: Celine;
Booties: ShoeMint
Mixing prints can be a lot of fun and it adds interest to your outfit, but it's also tricky business. I always try to approach this with an open mind but often practice with care. Classic prints such as polka dots and stripes make a great marriage together because they both have that fun and carefree vibe.
J.Crew mini polka dot silk top with Zara black & white striped skirt

MANGO red suit blazer jacket with Zara black & white striped skirt

When it comes to mixing prints, a few things you might want to consider:
  • Keep it in the same color family: This doesn't necessarily mean that they have to all be the same shade, but having a central color theme/palette ensures a more cohesive outfit that also looks chic. 
  • Contrast small print with bigger print: This trick has definitely saved me on many occasions over the years. The contrast of big prints with small, and thick prints paired with thin makes an overall visually appealing look while still making a strong, but not overwhelming statement.
  • Organized chaos: One of the most successful ways to mix your prints is to pair a more rigid, structured looking print with a bolder more organic looking one. For example: a complicated or busy print such as tribal print and match it with a simpler more basic one (e.g., thin stripes). This is not only more visually impacting, but also creates fluidity throughout your entire look.
  • Less is more: Incorporating no more than two prints at a time is a good rule for beginners and three prints at a time for the more daring fashionistas ;P Four or more will probably cause some confusion!
  • Start small & have fun! Start mixing on a smaller scale, for example, your accessories. This way you can fine tune your newly acquired skills before branching out to bigger and bolder pairings!
J.Crew mini polka dot silk top
Zara black & white striped skirt

Zara silver chain with medallion necklace

Celine Souris Grey Micro Luggage Bag

ShoeMint Jane two tone booties
Tomorrow officially marks the first day of spring...yippee!! Perfect time to go through your wardrobe and get excited about spring pairing. I hope you will enjoy creating and commanding a bold and sassy mix for spring!
Karen Walker number one sunglasses
Top: J.Crew; Jacket: MANGO;
Skirt: Zara;
Sunglasses: Karen Walker;
Necklace: Zara;
Bag: Celine;
Booties: ShoeMint

Thank you so much for reading!

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