Sunday, 10 June 2018

HOW TO CLASH PRINTS LIKE A PRO


Ahh, the art of print clashing. It undoubtedly makes a big fashion statement and is also a great way to transform outdated solo pieces into new, refreshing ensembles. I'm by no means a self-confessed master but seeing as I do enjoy a good print clash, I thought I'd dish out some of my tips to those of you who might feel a little intimidated by mixing prints.


1. Clash with stripes
This has got to be my favourite way to clash. It's completely failsafe as stripes are the ultimate clashing tie-together. The simple hard lines mute and draw the eye away from the other feature pattern, regardless of how attention seeking it is. This gives the combination the perfect balance. Stripes on their own can be a fairly plain look. By clashing with a print, the ol' stripes suddenly gain new flavour and becomes the hero of the ensemble.

2. Keep the clash in the same theme
A blizzard on a desert island would melt quickly, so unless you're absolutely fashion fearless, don't go trying to match snowflakes with palm trees. Keep the prints from the same inspiration. Florals of different varieties (super inspired by Bex Robb's look here), a mash up of tribal prints and block colours are all good options. Best to be cautious with clashing different animal prints though, lest you end up in 'crazy cat lady' territory.


3. Use complimentary colours
Look at the colour wheel, match up opposite shades and use them to draw inspiration from clashes that are harmonious in their colour palette. Very aesthetically pleasing. Similarly, pairing a coloured print with a black and white print also does the job.

4. Separate the clash with a strong belt
A strong belt will act as a border between your clashing prints, so they can each have their moment without stepping on the other's toes. 


Daisy Street jumper / Topshop jeans / Gucci bag / Lazy Oaf x Dr Martens boots


5. Own it
If you're uncertain the clash works but you like what you see in the mirror, just go for it! Trust your eye and your creativity. The aim of clashing is to garner attention anyway and assert the bold side to your style. So go big or go home.

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