Print Clashing: it can be scary business!!! It can feel uncomfortable to the untrained eye, and if you get it all wrong you can wind up looking like a messy ‘Bag Lady’.
Having said all of that, if you get it right you can look like a total boss! I believe if you just follow a few simple rules you will look smart and well put-together. Below I’m going to talk you through them.
RULE ONE: STICK TO ONE COLOUR PALETTE
When I print clash I like to tie in colours which naturally work well together. For example, here I’ve gone for a cream and black striped trouser with black and camel leopard print shoes.
The colours all work well together, making the print clash more pleasing to the eye. The outfit therefore flows better and naturally looks well constructed.
As a rule of thumb, I tend to stick to four main colours for my print clash looks. The focal points of the outfit are the prints, so we want them to be the stars of the show.
In this look I used Tan, Camel, Black and White. In the blazer look above I’ve stuck to black, grey, white and blue (very hard to see, but the horizontal stripes on the t-shirt are actually dark blue). If you’re plumping for more than 4 colours the outfit will tend to look more messy and thrown together.
RULE TWO: ADD IN SOME NEUTRAL PIECES
As I mentioned before, if you’re styling your clothes to incorporate a print clash then you want the printed pieces to do the talking. Try and keep the rest of the outfit grounded with a neutral bag or belt.
Likewise, if you’re print clashing with some leopard print shoes and stripey trousers keep the other garments in the look plain.
It’s about not over-egging the pudding, we’re not making an Eton Mess here!!
Introducing Neutral accessories will help to keep the whole look polished. A nice simple belt achieves this outcome and has the added effect of creating some separation between the two prints.
For the second look here I added a Navy suede bag to the two striped prints. As there is already Navy in the look it follows the first rule of sticking to one colour palette. You may notice the stripes in the trousers are much thicker than the stripes on the top, I think this helps to balance the outfit.
RULE THREE: DON’T BE SCARED!
The key to pulling off any ‘out there’ look is to totally own it, and wear it with a big dollop of confidence. In this blazer outfit I have used stripes, check and polka dot print.
As long as you think the pieces through and wear the look with purpose, I promise you will nail it. I re-styled this belted blazer by tying it at the back. You can see how I tied it previously here.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up!!
I would suggest beginning with stripes on stripes as they’re hella easy to match. Polka dots and animal prints are a close second and third. Floral prints are for expert level clashers – handle these with care.
HELP IS AT HAND
If you’re still not confident in your matching abilities, why not try the new ‘Ask the Stylist’ feature on the blog. All you have to do is send in a picture of your outfit and I’ll get straight back to you with hints and tips on how to make it shine.
Happy Clashing guys!
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