I used to be a colour-block gal, and my sole criteria for buying a piece of clothing was how attractive a shade it was. As I get older and my style evolves, I’m finding myself pulled towards patterns. They make my wardrobe so much more interesting, fun to play with, and they make me try combinations I would have overlooked in the past.
I bought this outfit at the end of last year to wear to Jarrad’s graduation. I had originally planned to wear another dress, but when I put it on for any length of time, it sat uncomfortably on my body, and I knew I’d be pulling at it all day. If only I’d realised this was the case a little earlier than the day before the event!
I raced out to the shops in search of the perfect replacement. Everything I came across was too casual or too formal. The last shop I looked in was Zimmermann. This top and skirt caught my eye immediately because they were both so playful and unusual.
Had I come across the skirt on it’s own, I probably would have paired it with a white top, but after seeing the two patterns together, I realise what a boring option that is, and how flat it would have made the skirt look.
Top, Zimmermann, Skirt, Zimmermann, Shoes, Forever New (similar here), Clutch, Mimco (similar here), Rings, By Charlotte and Sarah & Sebastian (similar here), Earrings, Sarah & Sebastian, Sarah & Sebastian and By Charlotte
If your like me and feel daunted by wearing patterns, here are some easy tips to make sure you don’t leave the house looking like a toddler chose your outfit:
1. Choose one print to dominate and one as an accent. Mix prints of different scales so that one is your feature piece and the other highlights it.
2. Keep your fabrics in the same colour family.
3. If you want to use two pieces with the same pattern, invert the colours on one of them.
4. Treat stripes or small dots as a neutral.
5. If it’s all a bit much at once, start by mixing one printed piece of clothing with a printed accessory.
There you go girls! I hope you feel inspired to try something new.