Patterned Clothing – The More You Know, The Less You Need

Blocks of colour can look terrific, but then so can patterns.    I’m sure most of us have some patterned pieces we wear but if your anything like me they typically come out to play when paired with a pair of jeans or a plain jumper—never, ever with another print.  Mixing prints can be a little scary to begin with, however with a little practice you’ll be mixing prints in no time.  My biggest piece of advise is to take your time and remember the finished look must always appear soft to the eye.

Fancy giving it a go?  Then follow my five top tips (below) to mixing patterned clothing with ease.

  1. As a general principle only use two patterns per outfit
  2. Consider your body shape.  If you’ve a curvy body shape opt for curvy patterns and if you’ve an angular body shape opt for angular patterns.  Curvy patterns include dots, paisley, floral’s, and soft abstract prints.  Angular patterns include stripes and checks (tartan).  Geometrics weaves in clothing will also look fab!
  3. Take care when combining patterns that are too similar.  However stripes on stripes can get along together providing that there is sufficient variety in the gauges
  4. When mixing patterns there should be a change in scale (the size of the pattern)
  5. Keep your prints in the same colour family.  This way all the colours will work together and keep the look soft to the eye.

Do let me know how you get on – oh and please share any pics you have of you wearing print.  I’d love to see your creations!  Alternatively if you’d like to learn more about how to mix prints or introduce print into your wardrobe then join me at my next Get Style Savvy workshop here at my studio in Dorking on Saturday 18 May.  For more info or to book your place please give me a call on 01306 881003 or send and email to

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