Color is both magical and wonderfully amazing. Yet there is something powerful and playful about Patterns.Patterns add a special touch to any look. Some patterns are classy and timeless. Others are funky and fun. While others are ferocious and some are a soft touch of feminine. Patterns are able to communicate a ‘look’ that solid colors might not be able to. Think of the woman in cheetah high heels. Her look speaks differently than the girl in the floral dress. And the woman in the nautical sweater with red lips has an Audrey feel, while the woman wearing the abstract 60’s graphic dress channels Twiggy.
In order to realize the vast resources we have available in our closets I want to share some patterns that I love.
Animal Print: Ferocious
Animal Print has always been edgy and powerful. You can wear animal prints in many ways and you should at least have one item with animal print in your closet because it is a classic piece. Currently, cheetah print pants, alligator or snake skin purses, or cheetah print shoes are trending.
American Staples like Plaid or Gingham: ClassicThese patterns will never go out of style because they are american staples. I come from a southern community, so flannel is the perfect fall choice. There is something simple and comfy about both of these looks. I love wearing my oversized flannels with floral scarves.
Grandma Chic : Funky
This is a look that is currently trending. There are several prints that represent this look. It reminds of sweaters with reindeers that my Grandma might have bought me for Christmas. It is represented with oversized sweaters paired with leggings or skinny jeans. This look is indie and very fun. I enjoy the fact I can dress like an old person but still look incredibly young.
Native American : Natural
Navajo and native american is also currently trending. It was very popular in the summer but has carried over into the fall with chunky knit sweaters and cardigans. This look is fresh but also natural. It can give any outfit a laid back and earthy feel. This print should be worn with an outfit that has not been meticulously put together. It is more of a thrown together look.
Polka Dots: Fun
Polka Dots will never go away. They are incredibly girly and incredibly modern. There has been a huge trend with polka dots recently, which is great because you can snatch a few pieces for your closet to wear even when the trend disappears. Polka dots can fit into your work outfits paired with a classic black blazer or a date night in a cute dress.
Abstract Graphic : Intense
This look is unique yet very identifiable in any outfit. For someone who looks geometric patterns this is the perfect pattern to play with. Mixing mod graphics can be challenging but rewarding when done well. This look nods to the 60's and 70's and is paired with cat eyes and Bridgett Bardot hairstyles.
For every girl who embraces her romantic and feminine side, the floral pattern is an essential The floral pattern has a wide vary of looks from pastel to oriental to eye popping. The floral dress is necessary for summer.
For an edgier look try this floral and animal print combination!
Though I love floral print, I will confess that stripes offer endless options. A nautical shirt are an ABSOLUTE necessity for a woman's closet. There are so many ways to wear stripes. But it is a classic and timeless piece that will never ever go out of style. A nautical shirt, dark wash jeans and red lips are an incredibly powerful style statement as is.
|Audrey in stripes as a style icon|
How else can you wear stripes? There are countless ways. Some are fun. Some are bold. Some are funky. Be brave. Be creative!