By Adaeze Ibechukwu


Taking one pattern at a time:


There used to exist a saying of ‘not mixing patterns together’ however this season has seen Kosher mix bold prints in its fall 2013 collection as well as Chanel whose designs had a mixture of plaid on plaid, stripes with lace, fair isle and check, argyle and tweed and many more.

‘If you’re not ready to mix your favorite bold floral skirt and wide striped shirt, try a subtler approach. Keep in mind that cable knits, tweeds and lace are all examples of subtle patterns. Find a lightly pinstriped top or bottom to mix with bold florals, paisley, polka dots and other patterns. The key is to keep scale and color in mind, mixing small and large scale patterns together for chic instead of over-the-top. Monochromatic or similar color tones will keep your patterns from clashing.’

This fall, tough, tailored looks are in again. Keep your patterns from overwhelming your body shape by keeping pieces tailored. In dealing with prints, scale is the difference between over-the- top and chic.

Mixing texture can take a calico top from feminine and dainty to moody and edgy.
Texture adds interest and dimension in a way scale and color cannot. Even if you’re wearing solids, mixing textures will keep the outfit interesting.
When pairing pieces, take into account the characteristics of each and add the opposite. Whether that’s in color, scale or texture, mix light with dark, small with large, rough with smooth.


Here are some tips:

If you’re self-conscious about your waistline, define it with a belt or contrasting piece of clothing.


Wear a jacket. Frame your big, bold stripes with an open jacket. Pair with a tighter bottom for a slimming, defined shape.


Smaller stripes are more flattering. Instead of big, bold stripes, opt for smaller stripes, or stripes that variegate in size.


Avoid heavy fabrics. This trend is best in a lightweight fabric that will define your figure, rather than stretch out or bag.

Embrace simple color paletes. Black and white are especially in this season, but finding any simply colored stripe will appear classic.


DKNY sent its models down the runway for the fall 2013 collection wearing a variety of stripes. While most were vertical, some of the pieces were broken up by direction, fabrics and contrasting pieces. 

Don’t Wear Black and Brown or Blue Together

What an outdated rule! Much of the Elie Saab collection this year featured some combination of black and navy. Burberry mixed black, brown and camel in their timeless way.

“Pull the look off by getting a little matchy, pulling the accent color in with other accessories. Though matching your belt, shoes and bag is no longer requisite, now may be the time to pull out the old-fashioned rule and pull your look together. Use a big block of one of your neutrals (say, a suit or dress) as a base and build upon it with your other neutrals as accents.”

To keep your matchy look from looking flat, consider playing around with texture. Mix woven fabric with spun or knit fabrics. Use sheers or lace to complement leather and metallics. Faux or vintage furs and leather are especially interesting, in vogue materials this fall. Your fibers can match in color, but the texture will keep it interesting and multi-dimension.