Mix or Match?
My sister and I could not be more different. Growing up, she was conservative and practical. I was a dreamer and ultra-feminine. In adulthood, we’ve switched fashion roles. She now wears silk and jewels for the glamorous parties she attends. I wear lycra, fleece and down and anything that is easy to wash. She wears pink with orange with green. I wear black and navy. She likes to mix. I like to match.
Six months ago, I made a list of everything in my closet, so that I could expand my style. For a decade, I had been on auto-pilot, buying neutrals (black, gray and navy) on sale. Even my pop colors were limited to turquoise, fuchsia, and violet. My outfit formula was always neutral + neutral + one pop color/print. Easy. Practical. Slightly boring. It worked for me when fashion took a backseat to raising kids, teaching martial arts (black uniform + no jewelry + ponytail) and renovating our house. Now, that my lifestyle is changing and I’m returning to my fashion roots, I’m taking a little inspiration from my big sis, and creating some outfit formulas that have a little more variety in print and color.
So, if like me, you have a mostly capsule wardrobe, here are some tips (1 being the most conservative to 5 being a little wild) to mix it up a little.
How To Mix
1. My Anthropologie dress (above) from a few years ago is my version of mix and match in one dress. This dress from Zara takes shows the same concept. I also love this bodysuit from Anthropologie which features two versions of red checks.
2. Black and white (or black and ivory) are the easiest to mix and match. Try a floral + floral, floral + geometric (stripe, polka dot, checks) or geometric + geometric.
3. If two prints seem too bold, try a print with a texture, such as a textured top + floral print pant. Mix or match your accessories.
4. Prints with prints have become so mainstream, that some brands create coordinating prints. Some of my favorite florals this season comes from Rebecca Taylor, and she styles them together, such as this light floral blouse with a dark floral skirt.
5. For a really fun look, try a floral + texture (clip-dot, lace, crochet) + geometric all in one outfit… and if you’re really feeling bold, add a one shoulder-grazing earring look that was featured in so many runway shows for spring. This Anna Sui printed skirt and stripe t-shirt combination is a perfect example of how anything goes in the wonderful world of fashion.
How To Match
If you tend to throw a bunch of colors and patterns together, here are some tips to put a little more coordination into your outfit (1 being the most creative to 5 being the most conservative).
3. Wear one neutral + several bright or pastel colors.
4. Try different shades of the same color (think of paint chips) such as navy with chambray and a pale blue pedicure.
5. Is there anything more classic than the Coco Chanel/ Audrey Hepburn little black dress + pearls?
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