Friday, August 20, 2010

mix it, wear it, own it

Hi, there!  I'm Kyla from Blue Collar Catwalk.  I'm also kind of an ass - I was supposed to post this on Monday, but misread Desiree's email.  So, hopefully, this is better late than never.

Desiree has been an awesome blog friend, even sending me the most fantastic wooden elephant necklace, because it reminded her of me.  How cool is that?  When she asked me to do a guest post while she was gone, I was more than happy.  But also a dimwit and late.  Oops.

Anyway, I thought I'd take the moment to talk a little about pattern mixing.  It's one of those things that can be so much fun, but so intimidating to start.  So, here's a few tips to keep in mind what taking the leap.

1.  Start with subtle prints.  If the dominant color in each print matches, then most likely, the prints will go together, too.  Prints in neutral colors are a great place to start, because you just can't go wrong.  Along with that, I would even encourage you to think of black & white stripes, zebra print and leopard print as neutrals ... because they are ... clearly.

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2.  Stand back.  Take moment to detach yourself from the prints and focus on the entire look by putting some distance between yourself and the mirror.  When you step back, you can see the entire look, as opposed to separate pieces.  Hoe does it feel?  What's your first instinct?  If it feels cohesive, then go with it.  After all, how many people throughout your day will be standing closer to you than that?  Sometimes, seeing ourselves as others see us is a great tool for dressing.

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3.  Remember the basics.  The easiest way to mix prints is to stay in the same color scheme, but use different prints, like polka dots and stripes both in blue and white.  Keep in mind the size of the patterns as well, pairing larger patterns with small patterns, like big polka dots with fine pin stripes.  It's a sure bet.

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4.  Lastly, wear it with PRIDE!  99% of pulling off pattern mixing is owning it.  If you doubt it, others will, too.  If you walk tall and wear it with confidence, others will buy it.  Have fun - it's only clothing!

I hope this sheds a little light on one of my favorite dressing techniques.  Not only is it a fun and unique way to express yourself, but it will help you get way more mileage out of your wardrobe!

Thanks, Desiree!  Hope you had a fabulous vacation!

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