Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mixing Patterns in One Outfit

Tory Burch's Resort 2009 collection is probably the most concise pictorial guide known to woman on how to mix patterns in one outfit--all the while looking chic and polished. Let's analyze why these looks work, shall we?

  1. One print (the floral) is a lot larger and more attention-grabbing than the other (the stripes) so that they don't clash.
  2. The clothes stay in the same colour family (navy and white, or similar shades of blue); this creates a sense of unity across the pieces.
  3. Accessories in solid colours--such as handbags, belts, and shoes--help ground the outfit and let the eye maintain focus on the more outrageous print.
  4. A body-flattering cut that shows off your legs lets you wear large prints without making you feel overwhelmed.


  1. Very nice! I like how elegant this mixing of patterns is compared to the usually messy style.