Monday, September 29, 2014

Colors For Fall

When the cooling breeze of fall rolls in my shopping senses tingle in excitement. Suddenly I'm no longer interested in shorts or sandals, I'm on a mental hunt for layers, booties and hues like the color of falling leaves. Trends may come and go but these colors never seem to escape my fall palette. I guess you can call me loyal.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prints & Patterns 101

Mix and matching prints can be a daunting task but it doesn't have to be. In recent posts titled Monday Blues and Tropical Thunder I showcased ensembles of mixed stripes that can make any less than enthusiastic shopper cringe. It's time to relax those muscles with tips that can help anyone recreate the look without the added hassle.

Recreating a look of similar prints/patterns can be done in a few easy steps. First, pick a star piece whether it be a top, skirt, jacket or pant, in this case lets use the striped top as an example. Create the outfit around this piece, that all other pieces may serve as complimentary, drawing the focus back to the star of the outfit.

Then, using colors as cues, choose pieces within the same color family, blues on blues and blacks on blacks. This creates a boundary and eliminates excess options while lessening the possibilities for error. One can be more elaborate in mixing colors against similar patterns with more experience but if you're a newbie, take your time and keep it simple. Once you have similar colors compare the fabrics against one another, observe the patterns and see if they play nice. Using this particular example, stripes come in different widths, some thin, some wide, some with a combination of both. Different styles of stripes can look good or be disastrous so use your discretion, do not deviate from instinct, your gut will incline you to what seems most comfortable within your style. I get it! Not everyone is as fashionable but everyone has a sense of their likes and dislikes, use it to your advantage.

Mixing prints can be a fun challenge. While in this particular post, these prints were obviously competing for attention, not all mixed prints will have the same effect. If the camouflage on this pant were more subtle leaning towards a lighter camo print, the combo would be less alarming but it worked well in illustrating a point for the post. Oddly enough, mixing prints can be even easier than matching. All you have to consider is the color wheel, complimentary and opposite colors attract. 

I can create a whole new look using the striped top in Monday Blues paired with this camo pant simply because greens make nice with blues. Think of the colors that come to mind when thinking of christmas (reds, greens, blues) or spring (pinks, purples, mints), the pairs have been laid out for you in seasons and you are familiar with them, all you have to do is apply that knowledge. 

When in doubt, ask. 

For details on where to get these pieces check out their post.