Sometimes a little red pepper is all it takes to bring out the flavor of a dish. Putting together a delicious look can be as simple as adding a pattern, or if you’re daring—two. Here are three easy tips for the novice pattern wearer for that will help you look stylish and feel confident!
1. A little pattern goes a long way. Leopard print is nice, but don’t drown yourself. Like using spices when cooking, you want to add a little bit at a time until you feel comfortable. Try an animal-print scarf paired with neutrals or a floral-print handbag with coordinating bright pants. Never wear the same pattern or print from head to toe.
2. Don’t be afraid of color, but keep in mind patterns work best when paired with solids in the same color family. You can get away with more patterns if the main colors are complementary (opposite each other on the color wheel—like green and magenta) or analogous (next to each other on the color wheel—like tangerine and yellow).
3. Busy prints look best with simple styles. If you want to wear a complicated pattern, pair it with classic jeans, a basic black dress and uncomplicated accessories. The idea here is to give the eye one focal point. Remember your choice of pattern will never overpower your look if you balance it with a neutral, uncomplicated ensemble.
Flavor your style effortlessly this spring with a dash of plaid, floral, chevron stripes, checks or abstract patterns.