In an age of maximalism, throw caution (and your polka-dots and pinstripes) to the wind and go for a rebellious mix of prints, the clashier the better. Here’s how to combine the unlikeliest of patterns…
combine the unlikeliest of patterns
Rule #1: Take it all
There’s no pattern hierarchy, as each print has its place. From leopard-print to gingham, florals and tartan, your look’s automatically enhanced with the addition of one (or two, or three) contrasting prints.
Rule #2: Keep it classic
Opt for patterned garments in classic shapes, like a button-up shirt or high-waisted trousers. A timeless silhouette will ensure wardrobe longevity and enable you to reinvent the look with styling switch-ups in seasons to come.
Rule #3: Avoid a family feud
While we’re all for borrowing from different print tribes, sticking to the same family can also create a visual feast. Gingham, tartan, tattersall and plaid are all checks and work wonderfully together.
Rule #4: More is more
Dare to approach your outfit with the getting-dressed-inthe-dark mentality, choosing pieces from opposite ends of the colour spectrum.
Rule #5: Accessorise, but be wise
Keep your accessories simple to ground your look and avoid overshadowing your pick of prints. Think leather basics, white sneakers or classically shaped sunglasses.
Dress, R1 250, and Skirt, R950, both Kisua; Bag, R1 099, Zara
Bag, R859, Zara Shoes, R11 800, Gucci
Shoes, R4 370, Pretty Ballerinas
Earrings, R859, Zara