The nine-to-five grind doesn’t often welcome color and personality when it comes to workwear, which is why it’s so easy to fall into a habit of only ever wearing monochrome or simple textures.
Well, it’s time for a revamp. It’s time for pattern.
Yep, patterned clothing has been on trend throughout history, in the 70s, 80s and beyond. This year seems to be opening the door again to welcome in the bold, bright and boisterous.
But, wearing bold colors and powerful prints can be pretty daunting – especially if you’re not used to strutting your stuff in anything more than a tee and some skinny jeans.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are a few tips to help you get started with living your best, busy patterned life.
Pair prints with neutrals
Those looking to dip their toes into the wonderful waters of checkerboard pants and psychedelic polos can start off pairing a patterned piece with a simple neutral item. Perhaps try a pretty printed top with your trusty skinny jeans.
Alternatively, for a night on the town, an animal print dress would look incredible with a neutral, oversized blazer and heels (plus, it’ll keep you cozy till the beer blanket arrives).
Start small, build up
While Instagram is home to purple fluffy jackets paired with bright orange tank tops and flared leopard print jeans, that doesn’t mean you need to follow suit.
You might feel a little too out of your comfort zone to dive into a full-length piece like a dress or coat, and there’s no shame in starting small.
You can shop plus size clothing UK online and see which accessories might look good with a few staple items. Don’t forget that patterns can simply be printed onto earrings or headbands – there’s nothing saying it just has to be clothes!
There are some patterns that just work together, in a weird, clashing kind of way. Fashion has come a long way from only allowing coordinating patterns. Now, it’s the bolder the better.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and embrace your wild side by pairing clashing patterns together. Plaid and animal print? Why not. Stripes and Spots? Let’s go.
Experiment with print size
If you’re not sure about clashing patterns, there’s still plenty of ways to bring prints into your wardrobe in a pretty and stylish way.
One way is to pair similar patterns in different sizes. Blossoming florals with a small ditsy daisy print will have you feeling fabulously summery even on the grayest of days.
Not all pattern pairing has to be chaotic.
Another easy way to make patterns work together is to work with two prints in the same color. Even if you feel a little out-of-place at first, your outfit will still look perfectly put together. Using gingham and stripes in the same color may be just what your workwear needs.
If in doubt, you can always look for prints in black and white.
Before next weekend, try a few different pieces from your wardrobe that you wouldn’t usually pair together. You might just find your new favorite outfit.
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