Breaking the Pattern
Style is about creating shape by using patterns and colors effectively. Yesterday we explored choosing the correct style of plaid, so I thought that today we would talk about styling patterns in general. As with a plaid, styling a pattern is about choosing the right pattern size. However, where a pattern differs is that you must also make choices around pattern placement.
Choosing Pattern Size
The size of your pattern should be proportionate to your frame. You need to wear the pattern do not let the pattern wear you. Smaller patterns can be worn by all, but if you have a petite frame steer clear of large patterns they will overwhelm you. An all over pattern is another pattern that can be worn by all if the pattern is small in scale.
Choosing Pattern Placement
Pattern placement is just as important as pattern size. A pattern at the top of the blouse will draw your eye upward. If you want to accentuate a slim waist or hip select a blouse with a pattern at the bottom it. If you find a top with a centered pattern make sure they are tried on before you leave the store. If the pattern is intended to cross the bustline in a certain place, you must know before you leave the store if that pattern fits correctly. Also consider a push up bra if the pattern is slightly off, that will help line the pattern up correctly.
In the top featured below (which by the way I got for less than $15 when I used my City Cash at New York and Company) the pattern is centered around the waistline and the hip area which will help accentuate the smallest part of your body. The pattern on the sleeve will add interest and serve as a compliment to the pattern at the waistline.
Style your patterned top with a solid bottom either in the color tone of the pattern or a neutral color. Beware of a patterned top with a patterned bottom, that is too much of a good thing. The all over pattern will fail to highlight your shape and may actually make you look larger than you are.
Patterns can help add interest and flair to your wardrobe. If you choose your patterns wisely you will convey classic style with a twist. Style is a simple combination of choosing the right proportion and fit for your shape. Once you have identified what those are for your body, the rest is fashion history….