INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
5 STRONG CASES FOR PATTERN CLASHING
July 26, 2018
We don’t need any convincing that print is a good idea. From leopards to polka dots and gingham checks to the classic Breton stripe tee, there’s space in our wardrobes for them no matter what the season. But why wear one print when you can wear loads? Pattern clash was all over the runways for fall/winter 2018, seen everywhere from 3.1 Phillip Lim to Vivienne Westwood and Anna Sui. The street-style set are totally on board too — here are five ways to wear it, no matter what your style.
Hide and seek
For the ultimate Instagrammable look, clash bold prints that scream urban style. These high-waisted camouflage pants are perfectly matched with a checkerboard crop top, in a look that reminds us at of a dream '90s girlband mash-up — somewhere between Cleopatra and Spice Girls. This sort of look is ideal matched with chunky sneakers — try Air Force 1s to nail the current sneaker trend. A cool fanny pack will prove the perfect accessory.
Who would have thought that a lipstick-print blouse (by none other than Prada) and a flame-hemmed skirt would ever be a winning outfit combo? This street styler shows us how being bold pays off — the unexpected cartoonish prints add a bit of fun to what is otherwise just a simple shirt and pencil-skirt look. A slice of neon proves to be the winning accessory.
Boho prints that are rich in texture prove the dream clashing combo during the summer months. This tribal maxi dress is perfectly matched with a ring-handled bag (the accessory silhouette of the summer?) and this printed style provides a fresh take on the string styles we've been seeing all over our Instagrams. The more color the better — mix earthy prints with colorful accents, and don't forget about your sandals, either. More is more, after all.
Twice as nice
What's the best way to wear your pattern clash? With your best gal pal, obv. Take a cue from Clueless — or fashion blogger Susie Bubble — and co-ordinate your clash for the ultimate, Instagram-worthy outfits. These looks act as a masterclass in layering prints — choose simple pieces like a summer knit and a slip dress, in colors that are tonal and prints not too dissimilar for the full tie-dye effect. Simple color-block accessories will keep it fresh. Add a pair of statement futuristic shades and you're good to 'gram.
The mix master
Who says mixing prints has to be reserved for your actual clothes? Natch, we're all over the patterned-shirt-thrown-over-the-printed-lace combo of this look. But the real magic happens when the Louis Vuitton classic monogram is thrown into the mix. This cool camera-bag style keeps it looking effortless — extra style points for wearing your bag at the back.