Fashion Trends, Quick Tips and Style Solutions
Dare to Mix and Match!
Posted on November 27th, 2010

When it comes to fashion, taking risks can pay off big time – but it can also seriously backfire. Which is why, for years, I had chosen to err on the side of extreme caution and avoid taking any risks whatsoever.

My go-to outfit? Dark-wash, boot cut, mid rise jeans; a solid top (never prints!) and black ankle boots or flats, depending on the season. Now admittedly, this is by no means a bad outfit! On the contrary – it’s simple, classic and very flattering. But you know what, after years of wearing the same outfit, it gets boring!

My first attempts at making things a tad more interesting were focused on accessories, which was actually a great way to introduce a bit more color and texture into my wardrobe without taking too big of a risk.

When I realized that adding those colors and textures to my boring outfits was actually a great idea and made me feel great, I knew it was time to spice up my outfits. This is harder than accessories, of course, but I gradually started to buy more interesting pieces – prints, plaids, different textures and even a few colors that I had never worn before.

Of course, the safest way to mix these items is to pair a solid item with a print, or a muted color with a lively color. But if you’re a risk-taker (hey, you only live once) you can dare to mix and match different types of prints, florals with plaids, whatever you want to do – the sky is the limit and really, the only “rule” is that you probably want to avoid clashing patterns and colors. So if for example you feel like mixing florals with plaids, make sure the rest of the outfit is very neutral, and it’s also a good idea to make sure one of these items comes in fairly gentle, muted colors.

Looking for inspiration? Claudia Schiffer is great at mixing and matching different patterns, colors and textures. Take a look at this FAB outfit:

45376, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Friday September 24 2010. The ever-stylish Claudia Schiffer rocks a floral scarf and striped sweater as she does the school run in London. Photograph:   Will Groves, PacificCoastNews.com

A striped top, and a floral scarf! Look how amazing Claudia looks here. Of course, the rest of the outfit – pants and shoes – is very neutral, as it should be.

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