If there’s one thing I’m not afraid of, it’s a print clash.
As a rule of thumb, stripes are a great starting point. They look fresh with florals and proportionally brilliant with other stripes (think thin, horizontal lines on top and wider, vertical stripes on the bottom).
Similar tones will always work together, regardless of the print – so choosing a spectrum range from say, blush pink to a bold pop of fuschia or even tan, will work beautifully, even if each separate has a variety of patterns.
This ensemble I’m wearing started with this amazing dress by EDIT: The Brand, a newly launched label originally from Hong Kong which is full of pieces that are designed to be worn in lots of different ways.
The multicoloured print strappy dress puts a modern spin on a Betty Draper-esque Fifties cocoon shape and would be lovely as a statement summer dress. But I have worked it right now with clashing layers worn beneath.
This polo neck is an old one from H&M (check out a similar one in the sale now at J Crew, linked under the first image) – and you could totally go for a plain black, thin knit layering piece – but I wanted the mix of thin stripes with the thicker, bold geometrics.
It’s not a quiet, reserved kind of a look, but it’s made more sophisticated by pairing with a tailored black jacket and simple leather clutch. I added my grey nana shoes too from Topshop, which are neutral enough to let everything else do the talking while remaining modern.
While I love mixing pattern, the idea is totally subjective. How far would you go? Does the very thought of it terrify you, or is it a case of the louder the better? Would love to hear your thoughts!