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The Art of Pattern Matching

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

7 Essential Tips to Integrate Patterns into your Wardrobe

One of the great things about working with a wardrobe stylist is that once we figure out some of the principles that work best for you, getting dressed for any occasion becomes much easier.

While these 7 tips can apply to any body type, your level of comfort, your body shape, and your individual traits will dictate what looks best on you.

Over time, you will become an expert in knowing what goes together, what clashes, and what you should not wear!

1. Scale and Balance:

Pair patterns of different scales to avoid overwhelming the look. Combine larger patterns like windowpane checks with smaller ones like micro checks or stripes to achieve visual harmony.

2. Color Cohesion:

Stick to a cohesive color palette that compliments your complexion and exudes sophistication. Choose a dominant color and use secondary colors for patterns, ensuring they complement rather than clash.

3. Texture Variety:

Mix textures alongside patterns for added depth and richness. Incorporate fabrics like tweed, wool, silk, and cotton to enhance the tactile and visual appeal of your outfit.

4. Pattern Contrast:

Aim for contrast between patterns. If your jacket has a bold pattern, opt for a shirt and tie with more subdued designs. This contrast keeps the outfit dynamic without becoming chaotic.

5. Neutral Anchors:

Utilize neutral pieces as anchors to balance patterns. Solid-colored trousers, blazers, or shirts can provide a grounding effect, allowing patterned pieces to shine without overpowering.

6. Accessories Elegance:

Pay attention to accessory patterns as well. Coordinate ties, pocket squares, and even socks with the overall pattern theme. Accessories offer an opportunity to showcase your attention to detail.

7. Confidence and Comfort:

Ultimately, wear patterns that resonate with your personal style and make you feel confident. Comfort in your choices translates into an effortless and poised appearance.

Prepare your fall wardrobe by scheduling an appointment now.

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