From Your Own Wardrobe Part Two – Prints and Patterns

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The Fall/Winter ’11 catwalks have spoken. Eccentric prints and quirky patterns are well and truly on trend, no matter how garish or crazy they may seem at first.

Anna Sui, Jonathan Saunders, Giles Deacon and Mary Katrantzou are among the many big names to have laid the blueprint down for us. Now, we just have to figure out how to make the statement look work for us.

Emulating this unique trend requires seamlessly blending different colours, textures, patterns and prints without overdoing it. Energetic and vibrant autumnal hues are key colours this season.

If you haven’t got the confidence to wear this trend all over, focus on one specific area and make it bold. This is a trend for letting your personality shine through, so have fun with expressing your individual style.

As this look carries a ‘clown-alert’ risk factor, remember not to recycle your entire wardrobe into one look.

Three quick tips for creating the Prints and Patterns trend from your wardrobe:

  1. A key piece for this trend is a patterned, knitted men’s jumper; either borrow from your dad or hunt out in a charity shop. Whilst going unisex may seem daunting at first, this daring move will quickly add a unique, fresh and retro spin to your outfit.
  2. To avoid being overwhelmed by a mass of pattern, cinch your outfit in at the waist with three different coloured belts. Colour blocking your accessories – when done right – will add vibrancy to this exciting look. For added impact, add a multi-coloured necklace, maroon footless tights and a pair of vintage Ray Bans.
  3. Whilst make-up ought to be kept simple for this animated trend, add heavier bronzer to avoid looking washed out. Focus on your lips with a strong lip colour to ensure you stand out for all the right reasons.
     

Key items recycled from wardrobe for styled image:
Patterned jumper – Vintage.
Ray bans – Vintage.
Maroon footless leggings – H&M.
Red belt, blue belt, green belt & multi-coloured necklace – Primark.
Shoe boots – New Look. 

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