At the Leslieville Flea two weeks ago I picked up what is now my new favourite Fall skirt. It's a red wool tartan maxi-skirt straight out of the 70's, from one of my favourite vintage collectors StylinHead2Toe. It's the kind of skirt you buy and wear all the time, or once because it shouts "LOOK AT ME. SKIRT! SKIRT!". No shrinking violet, I'm determined to do the former, which presents some challenges because this garment amounts to a plaid wool blanket wrapped around my waist. Time to clash the f*&k outta this thing.
Last month I outlined the basics of pattern clashing here. These basics will get you far in this day and age, and definitely build your wardrobing confidence in the mirror and on the street. If you're ready to grow your game, or have found yourself with an equally pattern-challenging garment, time to add three more pattern clashing mantras to your routine.
1) Treat Thin Stripes as a Neutral
This rule is actually really simple and easy pattern clashing. Throw together your crazy patterned garment with a thin striped garment. What you're doing is making the bold print the focal point while the striped garment becomes its sidekick. So long as you're applying the rule I mentioned last month - colours in both garments compliment each other - you'll look boss. See my look above, that's a white & blue striped button-up paired with a red tartan. Yesmam. This rule can also be applied to most small checked or small polkadot garments.
2) When clashing the same pattern invert the colours (or direction of the pattern)
Pattern clashing is supposed to be playful and eye-catching. If you're going to wear one pattern head-to-toe be sure to break up the visual onslaught by alternating the colours in the pattern. The goal is to wear garments whose similar patterns emphasize alternating colours. Remember you don't want the colours to clash, be sure to choose garments that have the same or similar colours. You will look SO polished and sophisticated in this look.
3) Mix patterns of different scales
Once you've got a handle on the whole complimentary colour scheme it's time to go CRAZY girl! Mix up the scale of your patterns like you were born this way. The colours really gotta be on point when mixing scale as well as pattern, because it's a lot for the eye to take in.
Have fun! Step confidently and wear your clashy-matchy outfit with pride woman! You deserve the attention after the time you spend dreaming it up.