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|10 Aug 2017

Shaken, Not Stirred

When it comes to prints, we're mixing things up.
THE ICONIC
10 Aug 2017
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Clashing prints can be hard, but as with many things, high risk equals high reward. Lucky for you, we have a few helpful tips to safeguard against a fashion faux pas… if those things even exist any more.

1. Start with stripes. They have a magical potency to make most outfits work, so if you’re new to clashing prints, start with one striped print as your first step to success. Stripes and florals are an easy no-brainer because they work just about every time, but if you're looking to push the envelope, try stripes with a classic animal print. Think a navy pinstripe blazer over a leopard print slip dress. Keep proportions in mind and avoid pairing two small prints with each other, for example, thin, close stripes and small floral prints can look cluttered as the eyes lose focus.

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2. Colour schemes. Pull out your trusty colour wheel, find a colour scheme, and stick to it. Our minds are happiest when we can recognise patterns and similarities, and colour schemes are the easiest way to get us there. Complimentary colours are opposites on the colour wheel and are a good way to start. Tonal colour print combos can be a little trickier to pull off.

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News
|10 Aug 2017

Shaken, Not Stirred

When it comes to prints, we're mixing things up.
THE ICONIC
10 Aug 2017
Share:

Clashing prints can be hard, but as with many things, high risk equals high reward. Lucky for you, we have a few helpful tips to safeguard against a fashion faux pas… if those things even exist any more.

1. Start with stripes. They have a magical potency to make most outfits work, so if you’re new to clashing prints, start with one striped print as your first step to success. Stripes and florals are an easy no-brainer because they work just about every time, but if you're looking to push the envelope, try stripes with a classic animal print. Think a navy pinstripe blazer over a leopard print slip dress. Keep proportions in mind and avoid pairing two small prints with each other, for example, thin, close stripes and small floral prints can look cluttered as the eyes lose focus.

Shop Stripes & Prints

2. Colour schemes. Pull out your trusty colour wheel, find a colour scheme, and stick to it. Our minds are happiest when we can recognise patterns and similarities, and colour schemes are the easiest way to get us there. Complimentary colours are opposites on the colour wheel and are a good way to start. Tonal colour print combos can be a little trickier to pull off.

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3. Create breathing space. A neutral thrown in the mix with prints is often a reliable trick if the outfit isn’t working. Add a denim jacket over a clashing skirt and top, or white pants to a leopard print blouse and floral blazer combo, and you have a winning formula. If you want to up the ante a little more, make metallic your neutral. It still offers a gap and some space, but strides forward with its own agenda.

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4. Dominant vs Accent. For a more subtle approach to clashing prints, use dominant and accent prints to balance each other out. For example, a hint of blue check print on a skirt will help accentuate a much bolder floral pattern on a shirt without stealing the spotlight. If you're ever not sure, look back to the colour wheel - flashes of similar colours in each print will help your outfit flow.

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At the end of the day though, if you’re going to clash prints, then go ahead and clash them. Own your style, and rock your wardrobe to its full potential. After all, fashion rules are only here to be broken nowadays.

THE ICONIC
Fashion Team
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