Mixing Colour, Pattern & Print Like a Personal Stylist Pro!
It is one of those topics I love teaching when training personal stylists. Give me different colours and prints and I am in mismatched heaven! After all, the role of a personal stylist is to bring creativity to the party! You want matching colours? Sure, can’t you do that yourself!! With the popularity of street style and so much of our inspiration coming from ‘real’ women around us, I find this is simply the best place to take your inspiration. Already scary enough, it can be made scarier when seen on the catwalks and in fashion magazines. Instead embrace what is real, look around you and read below for my tops tips on getting creative with colour and print this season!
1. Choose your print first, then choose a colour from that print.
This is a very simple but effective way to play with colour and print. However, we don’t live in a perfect world and sometimes (or lots of the time) the colour you are looking for in the perfect handbag is nowhere to be found in the shops. That’s ok! Instead of going for an ‘almost match’ choose a complimentary colour. So in the image below you could opt for turquoise. Ok, so it’s not in the jacket but an equally bright colour will match a bright jacket! (Try it!)
Image from Fashion Blog Outsidethevogue.com.
2. When mixing prints, choose one print that dominates and one as an accent.
Two loud prints can fight each other for attention leaving you feeling a little lost! This is not always the case, you should feel free to try it out and see but an accent print can be an easier way to try out the idea of clashing patterns and print when on your journey to becoming a pro personal stylist!
3. Pick two different prints that share a colour.
This helps to bring the look together and create harmony in the outfit.
4. When choosing colours for a look, try to pick from the same family.
For example if you have a bright blue skirt, match with a ‘bright’ accessory. This can be a total opposite colour but the idea is the colour has the same ‘tone’. Another example would be teaming a soft or baby pink top with a soft or baby blue clutch bag. See? Same family of colour but opposite colours!
In colour technique training a personal stylist must learn to start to identify colour tones and what ‘family’ any colour falls into!
5. Treat stripes and leopard print as neutrals.
When you think of stripes and leopard print in this way, you can have a lot more fun! Get creative with what you match. Play by adding contrasting prints and colours. Start with a stripe, add a contrasting pattern and finish off with a bright bag. This is an easier way to start your journey with clashing prints when you start with a stripe as your base!
6. Break up pattern with a belt.
This can give you a more cohesive and perhaps easier to wear look! If you think of your body as having two halves it can be easier to get your head around how you mix prints and using a belt helps to divide up the print for you!
7. Pair two types of the same print.
Take floral for example. Choose a dress and bag with two completely different patterns of the same print and colours and watch how they merge. P.S. the final ingredient in this look is plenty of confidence!
8. Use printed accessories as a way to get you started.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and in personal styling it is all about introducing clients to little things that can make a big difference. This usually starts with the dramatic effect contrasting accessories can bring to a look.
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With thanks to Pinterest and all the wonderful inspiring and stylish ladies on there for my piccys.