Once upon a time it was a fashion sin to let certain items in your closet hang out with each other. They simply weren’t meant to travel in the same outfit circles. But this season, we’re abandoning the so-called fashion ‘rules’ to create looks that are true originals. So forget what you’ve been told and start mixing and mingling!
Need a little handholding to brave this new fashion frontier? Here are a few tips to help you navigate the look.
Look for contrast: Take a peek in your closet and pick out patterns that are natural opposites. Pair oversized florals with smaller, tighter floral prints. Try preppy stripes with girly polka dots. Avoid anything too similar, as you want the contrast to look intentional.
Find colours you love: When it comes to the pattern colours, the sky’s the limit! Stick to the same colour families, experiment with tones of the same shade or go boldly opposite. Keep pastels with pastels, try darker blues with lighter blues or make an impact with jewel-tone opposites like vivid purple and saturated yellow.
Find your anchor: To avoid looking a little too boho (not that we don’t love a nod to freestyle dressing), anchor your look with a solid like these chic leather skinnies. A great pair of classic jeans, a white button-up or a solid tee are all good ways to keep the look more ‘creative’ and less ‘messy’.
Remember where you’re going: Headed to the office? Go a little more subtle with some neutral pieces and tailoring. Hitting the dance floor with your ladies? Bring on the bold, the expressive, the sparkle!
Ready to dive into one of the season’s biggest trends and show off your personality? This one is lots of fun. And the best part about printmixing is that you’ll create an outfit that’s all yours.
Visit these retailers to shop the look:
Polka dot top – Reitmans, $36
Leather pants – Danier, $199
Floral bomber jacket – Suzy Shier, $35
Shoes – Call it Spring, $70
Purse – Boes, $87
Necklace – Le Chateau, $39.95
Bracelet – Le Chateau, $15
Ring – Le Chateau, $15
Glasses – Pearle Vision, $319.95