How To Wear Animal Prints

CARMEN LOPEZ HOW TO WEAR ANIMAL PRINTS

We’re going wild for animal prints this Fall and Winter 2018. Animal prints aren’t new to the fashion scene, but they tend to reappear in new, unique styles every few seasons. For 2018, animal prints are making a bigger splash than we’ve seen in recent years. Instagram influencers, magazine editors, and celebrities have been sporting the animal prints for months, and it’s enduring through the fall and winter season.

The 2018 goal of animal print fashion is not to make the pattern the center of attention (as it was in previous seasons). Instead, you want to use animal prints as a subtle layer with an air of chic luxury.

Animal prints are a great way to stand out in the urban jungle. They’re eye-catching without being overstated or garish. There are endless print options, so you can show off your own style while staying on-trend. Plus, they’re an easy way to upgrade and enhance any outfit.

How can YOU channel your exotic side and rock the animal prints this 2018?

Types of animal prints

Leopard print is the most popular animal right now. Leopard rosettes typically have dark, irregular-shaped circles with a different color inside. (This is different than cheetah print, which is solid black spots.) Leopard is a popular print because it’s highly versatile, as the spots can come in multiple sizes and colors. Plus, the leopard print instantly reminds us of the “big cat,” which gives a sense of magnificent majesty.

Zebra is another popular print. It’s fun and flirty, which makes it a great option for everyday wear. Zebra stripes add dimension to your outfit in a delicately understated way.

Tiger has become increasingly more common in recent seasons. Like leopard, the tiger print emits a sense of royalty and grandeur. This is a luxurious print that can be subtle and elegant or bold and audacious.

Snake and alligator are popular prints for accessories, like bags and shoes. A snakeskin print bag has become a luxury staple for every girl’s closet!

Choose the animal print that speaks most to you—or get different pieces in different prints!

How to wear animal prints

1. Pair with neutrals

Animal prints today have become the “new neutral,” because they are themselves made of neutral colors. Leopard and tiger are often browns and blacks and zebra is black and white. This makes them compatible with other neutral colors, and they’re easy to match with other colors and styles.

For example, a zebra print cardigan pairs perfectly with a black blouse and dark denim. A leopard scarf looks great with a white blouse and tan pants.

You can even add another accent color with your neutral palette for an extra pop. Add red heels with that zebra cardigan look for a bold statement. Put that leopard scarf over a hot pink blouse for a sexy “wow” outfit.

Today’s animal prints aren’t as daring as they once were. They’ve become subtler, which means you have more flexibility with the rest of your outfit.

2. Mix and match prints

A surprising and exciting trend from 2018 is the mix-and-match of animal prints. We’re seeing leopard print blouses with zebra heels. Designers are sporting snakeskin bags with tiger dresses.

We expect that mixing and matching animal prints will be especially trendy this autumn and winter. We’ve been seeing it in Vogue, and stylists are grabbing all the animal prints they can. This is because mixing and matching animal prints creates a warm, exciting look that’s great for cooler months.

It doesn’t have to be hard to mix and match animal prints. Follow the typical rules for pairing patterns and you’re ready to go. Check out our 4 easy tips to mixing and matching patterns.

3. Try out different tones

Multicolored animal prints used to be big in the early 2000s, but these audacious colors are mostly out now. Today, animal prints come in neutrals that make them elegantly refined.

But you still have endless options. Not only can you try out different prints, but each of those prints comes in different tones and sizes. You might have a leopard print with large, faded spots or smaller, darker spots. You could have a zebra print with deep slashes of black or short marks of grey.

Try out different tones for different styles. Lighter tones tend to create a more minimalist style, while deeper shades lean towards the bold. Pastel animal prints are also becoming more popular.

Pairing different tones together is a great way to mix and match prints to create your own unique style!

4. Wear head to toe

Because of the neutrality of animal prints, it’s okay to wear one or two prints head to toe. Animal dresses are especially popular this season.

If you’ve got a bold sense of fashion, a full animal print outfit can put you on the prowl.

What’s not hot? Animal print pants. They’re not usually flattering, and they’re often too bold for the more subtle elegance that designers are going for with the animal trend today.

5. Focus on accessories

Animal print accessories are a must this season. From leopard print scarves to snakeskin bags to tiger print shoes, animal accessories are an amazing accent piece for any outfit. Cat-eye leopard sunglasses are particularly hot this season.

We especially love animal print accessories for workplace style. Not all workplaces are okay with bold animal prints, but accessories are usually appropriate for work. Plus, they give you an extra shot of conviction and boldness that can help you dominate any project you’re working on.

If you’re new to animal prints, starting with an accessory or two is a great way to get comfortable with bolder patterns and styles.

6. Keep it faux

Fur is still a luxury, but it’s not as trendy as it once was. Furs can be highly expensive, hard to care for, and bad for the environment (especially if made with an endangered species).

But nowadays you can find faux prints that are equally as luxurious and beautiful as real coats. You can get that feminine glamour without harming nature or breaking the bank.

If you do opt for real fur, make sure it’s ethically sourced. You also want to learn the care instructions, so you don’t damage or ruin your fur investment.

7. Put on your confidence

You can rock any style if you believe that you can. The key to wearing a bold pattern like animal prints is your confidence. Whether you’re starting with a print accessory or going head-to-toe in a print, it’s all about how assured and certain you are. Don’t be afraid to let the world hear you roar.

So throw on your animal skins—and feel great in your own skin!

How do you like to rock the animal prints? What’s your go-to exotic style? Let us know in the comments below!

15 Work Wardrobe Essentials For Every Boss-Lady

 

Carmen Lopez(Pictured wearing Theory White Button Down, Ferragamo pumps, Current Collection Stud Earrings and Karen Millen pencil skirt)

You’ve heard it before: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

I’d like to add: Dress for the woman you want to be, not the woman others want you to be.

That’s because it’s easy to fall to pressure or follow the pack in the workplace, especially when it comes to fashion. For decades, women had to dress to fit in with a man’s world. But now, women are ruling the workplace—and rightfully so! We want work fashion to be functional and comfortable while still professional. We want outfits that make us feel strong, not self-conscious.

When dressing for an interview, remember: power and polish. When you look like a million bucks, you’ll feel like a million bucks. A quality outfit will make you feel confident and strong, which can help you nail that interview. Most businesses, whether conservative or trendy, require a put-together appearance. They want you to embody the professionalism of their brand.

Designers have made it so easy to shop for work-wear clothing now, even creating full lines dedicated to professional fashion. Theory is very popular with our consignment shoppers and is our #1 seller for work wear. Theory is known for simple, neutral palettes with gorgeous silhouettes that look good on just about every body shape. Ted Baker has conservative cuts of clothing appropriate for work, but they also tend to have fun and more stylish pieces available as well.  Karen Millen offers a wide variety of dresses, pantsuits, and skirts that are perfect for year-round work-wear. When in doubt, try Zara. For appropriate fast fashion, Zara can help you find gorgeous blazers and skirts in their business section.

Here are 15 Work Wardrobe Essentials For Every Boss-Lady that will make you look and feel like a professional powerhouse. These versatile basics are perfect to dress up for the boardroom or dress down for happy hour.

15 Work Wardrobe Essentials For Every Boss-Lady

1. White button down

The simple white button down is a business staple because of their simplistic elegance. You can pair it with a pencil skirt for a more professional look, or you can tuck it into dark jeans with a blazer for a more casual workplace ensemble.

Every woman should have one plain white button down in the closet that isn’t too tight or too sheer. Check out Theory for the classic white button down.  If you want a more casual look, don’t be afraid to have an array of button downs in your closet. Blouses with a few ruffles, a unique collar, or a small print can add a little flair to your work attire. I especially love the sleekness of a white silk button down with a black collar.

2. Black blazer

A fitted black blazer is all you really need to turn any outfit into workplace attire. The blazer can take any casual piece—even a t-shirt or tank top—and make it look more professional.

Make sure your blazer is well fitted. If it’s too big, it will lose that professional feel. If you want a less conventional blazer, go for something that’s longer (rather than bigger). This can create the trendy oversized appearance without looking frumpy.

Office tip: Keep a blazer at work. If you spill coffee on your shirt or have a wardrobe malfunction, you can throw on a black blazer to stay professional and fresh.

3. Short sleeve dress

A simple short sleeve dress is one of the easiest work wardrobe essentials. You can wear it by itself in the summer, and the sleeves maintain the professionalism of the outfit. In the winter, you can throw a blazer over it to dress it up. It’s great for days when you have a big meeting, because it’s lighter and more breathable than a typical suit.

Color tip: Usually black is the simplest option for the workplace. But with a short sleeve dress, I love going for a bold solid color that can spice up your daily routine. Even better, choose a dress that matches the color palette of your company’s brand. You’ll start to embody the brand and show a new layer of commitment to your work through your style!

4. Pearls

Pearls are the quintessential feminine accessory. A pair of pearl studs or a pearl string necklace can instantly add a layer of charm and class to your look. Think Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

Did you know there are actually different colors of pearls? White pearls are the strongest most classic color, so I recommend each girl invest in a string of white pearls. There are also pink, black, lavender, gold, and chocolate pearls as well. If you love the look of pearls, different colors, textures, shapes, sizes, and jewelry pieces are a great way to expand your accessory array.

5. Pumps

Comfort is key, which is why we love pumps for the workplace. The platform makes them easier to walk in, but you still get the beauty and power that comes from the stiletto. Even if you don’t need to wear heels every day, it doesn’t hurt to have a go-to pair of pumps for a big meeting or a job interview.

Black tends to match with most workplaces clothes. However, we also love a pair of nude pumps because they’re casual and professional at the same time. Nude pumps work especially well to dress up work jeans.

Care tip: Clean your pumps with petroleum jelly to keep them fresh and shining. Get more clothes care tips here.

6. Loafers

On those days where heels aren’t wanted or necessary, you’ll want a pair of professional loafers. Ballet flats and sandals are often too casual for some offices, but loafers and oxfords can be a happy medium between professionalism and comfort.

We recommend black loafers with a black or brown sole. Avoid white soles, which look too casual and can get dirty quickly. Loafers are a great way to show some of your style in a subtly stunning way!

7. Pencil skirt

A knee-length pencil skirt is a staple in the work wardrobe essentials. A pencil skirt hugs the hips to show off a gorgeous silhouette of your lower body. It’s not only attractive and put-together, but it’s also incredibly sexy and powerful. Tuck in a blouse and pair with heels for an outfit that looks good on every woman.

Tip: Choose a pencil skirt that has a small slit in the back between the legs. The slit shouldn’t be too large (which can be unprofessional), but a small slit allows for more movement so you don’t end up walking akward down the halls.

8. Tote bag

A quality tote bag is practical, polished, and chic. With lots of space and pockets, you can organize your papers and business cards while still owning the city with your sophisticated style.

Look for tote bags that have a zipper pocket for your laptop or tablet. We especially love Kate Spade totes at Current Boutique because they’re large, lightweight, and super stylish. Throw them over your shoulder for functional fashion!

9. Cardigan

A warm, versatile cardigan is a must-have for every professional’s closet. Like a blazer, it can instantly dress up a more casual outfit. But a cardigan can also dress down a fancier outfit, so it can help ensure you always fit right in with the “business casual level” of those around you.

Besides, a cardigan is one of the most comforting pieces of clothing you can own. It’s like a warm embrace that will motivate you to ask for the promotion or soothe your more stressful moments.

Tip: Go for a black cardigan to match with your jeans and pencil skirt. Colored or pattern cardigans can sometimes be too much for the workplace unless the rest of your outfit is completely neutral.

10. Diamond studs

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend because they accentuate your facial features and instantly draw the eye. You’ll be the envy of all of your coworkers with a pair of quality diamond studs. Diamond earrings can actually make your face pop, highlighting the jaw and cheekbones for a natural glow.

Tiffany & Co.is a great option for diamond jewelry that is high quality but won’t break the bank.

11. Silk blouse

Silk is a breathable, gorgeous fabric that can instantly upgrade any outfit. Whether you’re wearing a white silk blouse or a red silk scarf, you’ll transform your ensemble instantly.

Silk is lightweight and soft, so it’s perfect for layering. You can go from the heat to the AC without breaking a sweat. Plus, it doesn’t create static, so it won’t cling, crease, or wrinkle easily. You can throw it on before work without worrying about ironing or steaming!

12. Black pants

Black pants are one of the most versatile items in your closet. These work wardrobe essentials can be paired with a white button down for a chic look or a graphic tee for an expressive ensemble.

Fit tip: Tight, black “editor” pants used to be trending. But it’s so hard to find pants that fit well without being too baggy or too tight. So opt for a looser pant that crop at the ankle. This is professional while still relaxed and casual—and incredibly comfortable too!

Want an idea? Athleta’s Brooklyn Ankle Pant is loose and comfortable, but it tapers from the knee down for a slim and professional look. They’re perfect for work, play, or travel.

13. Dark denim

Business casual almost always includes dark denim. That means a pair of dark wash, low rise jeans are a must for your work wardrobe essentials. Pair with a blouse, blazer, and pumps for a commanding and stylish outfit. Or pair with a sweater for a laid-back, warm look.

Make sure your jeans fit well, taper at the ankle, and don’t have any rips or fading. Keep professional jeans simple in color and cut. Learn how to care for your denim here.

14. Ponytail holder

This is the least expensive—but arguably one of the most important—work wardrobe essentials. A power ponytail is an instant way to show you mean business. By pulling the hair out of your face and slicking it back, you create a polished look that dominates any boardroom.

There are two popular types of ponytail holders now that won’t damage or crinkle hair. L. Erickson ponytail holders are made from a soft fabric that hold hair in place, but the elastic doesn’t damage hair. Invisibobble hair rings have also become popular because they grip hear while creating a delicate, elegant up-do.

Don’t forget that your hair-do can completely change the look of your outfit!

15. Accent piece

Everything on this list has been essentially “neutral.” But don’t forget to show a little bit of your own style in there!

We love the “accent piece.” If you’re wearing a plain shirt, throw on a large and audacious necklace.  If you’re wearing a white blouse with a black blazer and black pencil skirt, throw in a pair of red shoes if you’re feeling bold. (P.S. Red is considered a dominant color, which makes it great if you’re selling a product or idea.)

An accent piece shows off your style and confidence. You’re not afraid to stand out in the workplace, because you’re comfortable with the amazing woman you are.

Remember that clothes are a representation of you. What you wear should show off who you are—which is a strong, hardworking boss who’s ready to take on the workweek!

What are your work wardrobe essentials? Let us know in the comments below! 

11 Classic Wardrobe Essentials You Need To Own

Carmen Lopez Wardrobe EssentialsBe timeless and modern with these 11 classic wardrobe essentials you need to own!  

Every outfit needs a staple piece to anchor it. No matter your style—classy or edgy, feminine or casual—there are certain classic wardrobe essentials and basics that work for every look.

Besides, don’t you want more room in your closet? Isn’t it curious, whether you are living in a small studio in NYC or a three-bedroom in the Midwest, a woman’s closet never feels big enough. Owning a few key essentials can help you minimalize your closet while stepping up your style.

So here are my 11 wardrobe essentials you need to own that will make your everyday-style simply chic. You could be heading to work, to the gym, or to a party, these fashion must-haves will be your ultimate go-to pieces for every occasion.

1. White Tee

There’s nothing more versatile than the classic white tee. You can throw it on for everyday use like working out or running errands, you can wear it underneath a blazer for a casually professional look, or you can spice it up with your favorite accessories for a night out on the town.

Go for a high-quality white t-shirt, like you would find with Vince. You can easily buy a bunch of cheap white tees, but you’ll only get a few uses out of them before they start to show wear and tear. You’ll waste your money and add more textiles to growing landfills.

A high-quality white tee is the ultimate wardrobe essential because it will be in for the long haul and won’t pill or lose its shape.

2. Denim Jacket

Jean jackets are the easiest layering piece that you can grab on your way out the door. They’ll pair with any outfit, and they function beautifully in every season—warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Have you ever noticed your denim jacket grows with you? Most jean jackets are loose and relaxed, creating a casually gorgeous look.

Plus, denim is a sturdy fabric, so it’s perfect as a travel partner jet-setting the world or across the city. Perfect for only the most adventurous and independent ladies!

Don’t feel like carrying your jacket?

Wrap it around your waist for a ‘90s throwback or throw it over your shoulder for an instant confidence-booster.

3. Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings have been a staple accessory for almost a century, but their style has evolved through the decades. Hoops are a vogue basic that can completely change the look of an outfit. These statement pieces turn a simple tee shirt and jeans into a dressed-up ensemble fit for any occasion.

Gold and silver will always be fashionable. Whether you’re going for vintage style or modern geometric, a quality metal can instantly update your aesthetic. We recommend having one pair of gold hoops and one with silver, which can be your go-to pieces when you’re looking to spice up any outfit.

4. The LBD

The little black dress (LBD) is classically simple, and it flatters every body type. Black never goes out of style thanks to its effortless elegance. You could wear the same gorgeous LBD every night for a week, transforming your look with different accessories and shoes.

What’s the best kind of LBD to add to your wardrobe essentials? Any dress you feel comfortable in! We at Current Boutique particularly love a black dress with short sleeves, because it can look appropriate in a board meeting or out with your girls.

Browse our favorite little black dresses for under $100!

Travel tip: Always travel with a little black dress! It’s versatile and easy, and it looks great in vacation photos.

5. Pumps

Pumps are professional and refined, and they’re perfect to lengthen and slim your legs.

I especially love pumps because of their comfort. You get the sultriness of the stiletto, while the platform base adds support for your strut. Active, powerful women need a shoe they can move in—and platforms are perfect for the job.

You’ll want two types of pumps in your closet. Black pumps are sophisticated and easy to care for, so they’re perfect for work or nighttime. Nude pumps are versatile and casual, enriching just about any attire.

Check out these tips and tricks for walking in heels!

Care tip: Choose patent pumps. They’re easy to wipe off and shine up.

6. Dark Denim

Denim trends are always changing: light-wash jeans come and go and ripped jeans are in then out then in again. But dark denim has always remained a staple in the denim world.

Dark denim pants are an easy go-to no matter what’s trending. A pair of dark-wash jeans pairs well with a tee, blouse, or blazer to create just about any look you’re going for.

What denim fit is right for you?

Opt for mid-rise dark denim when possible. Mid-rise slims your waist and emphasizes the butt, and it’s a good middle ground between high- and low- waist cuts that come and go with the seasons.

The main types of cuts are skinny, slim, straight, boot cut, and relaxed. Go with the style that you feel most comfortable in. Slim and straight styles are usually more timeless, but it’s up to your personal style!

Fit tip: Not sure if your jeans fit? They should feel comfortable on your hips without a belt, and you should be able to pinch about 1 inch of fabric on either side of the thigh.

7. Cashmere Cardigan

Cashmere is one of the most valuable fabrics to have in your closet. It’s made from the softest type of wool, making it one of the most luxurious wardrobe essentials on this list.

They say clothes make the woman. If you want to feel powerful and confident, you have to dress with panache. Throwing on a soft cashmere sweater will instantly brighten your spirits and put you in a wealthy, ambitious mindset.

Plus, cashmere is one of the warmest fabrics. It’s thick enough to protect you from the cold in even the toughest climates, but it’s light enough that you won’t look or feel bulky. And cashmere will actually keep its shape for years without stretching for fading. Check out more cashmere fun facts here.

Color tip: Opt for a neutral color that you can throw over any dress or blouse for a warm, luxurious aesthetic.

8. Striped Tee

Stripes are an underrated wardrobe essential that work just as hard as the LBD or denim jacket. They’re a neutral pattern that mixes well with other prints and solids. Stripes can create a look that’s edgy or classy, skater or surfer, youthful or ageless.

Choose a striped shirt with neutral colors like beige, white, and black, which work well with any pants (including dark denim).

Check out our classically-trending prints and stripes here.

Do horizontal stripes make you look bigger?

Sometimes. Lots of thin horizontal stripes can make you look wider because of the way they draw the eye across your body. But thick, bold stripes won’t add any weight—they can even make you look slimmer!

Besides, it’s not the pattern that makes the woman—it’s the confidence!

9. Trench Coat

The trench coat is a chic fundamental. It always looks polished, whether it’s thrown over jeans, a maxi, or a pair of sweats. Plus, it does its job at protecting you from the elements with style and beauty.

How do you choose the right coat for your closet? Take specific note of the length, buttons, and collar. These are the basic aspects of a trench coat that determine its look. Search around—the right trench coat will pop out to you!

We personally like a nude trench coat because it lightens any outfit, and it works well in both summer and winter. You might not want to wear a black overcoat in the heat.

10. Black Blazer

A black blazer is the perfect piece to pull your outfit together. Pair with a pencil skirt for work, a crop top and jeans for a shopping spree, or a red dress for a night on the town.

Plus, every body-type looks good in a black blazer. The wider shoulders and tapered waist create a slimming look that will make you look as confident and powerful as you feel! The blazer is the ultimate in chic basics.

Fit-tip: A classic blazer should fall just above your waist. But we also love the look of an oversized blazer, which can add a new dimension to your look.

11. Investment Bag

An investment bag is not just a wardrobe essential, it’s a life essential. A quality bag not only instantly upgrades your outfit, but it can also make your life more accessible. Plus, it will last for years without ever going out of style, saving you money on other bags you’d just through away.

Our favorite part about an investment bag is that you’ll bring it with you everywhere. It stores all of your goodies—and all of your memories! You can even hand down your experiences to others, since the value of the bag will last for decades.

What are your wardrobe essentials?

How many of these wardrobe essentials do you own?

It’s time to show off your timeless style. Share this article with a picture of you in your favorite classic piece!

Brand We Love DVF: The Iconic Wrap Dress

Carmen Lopez wearing Diane Von Furstenberg Iconic Wrap DressDiane Von Furstenberg has said it herself, “Feel like a woman, wear a dress!” I definitely feel like a sophisticated woman in the iconic wrap dress.  The famous designer has been in the fashion industry for decades.  She entered the scene in the 1970’s with her signature wrap dress.  Diane Von Furstenberg has managed to stay relevant with her designs, they are just as popular now as they have always been.  She embraces colors, patterns and is still able to keep her designs chic and stylish.

The Diane Von Furstenberg label retains it’s value. It is one of our hottest selling brands on consignment. The iconic wrap dress is the most desired DVF item, it manages to always sell out.  At Current Boutique we have ladies looking to purchase the new prints and the vintage prints, both are in high demand. The iconic wrap dress is popular with women of all ages, everyone seems to enjoy them.  On consignment the dresses can range from $98-$150. The quality of her fabrics are luxurious and are worth the hefty price tag.  She uses high quality 100% silk fabrics in her designs.  The lush fabric feels great on the skin and drapes ever so elegantly.

The timeless quality of Diane Von Furstenberg prints and the flattering cut of the iconic wrap dress make it a closet essential.  It is a versatile piece to wear to work, on a date, brunch or a night out with the girls.  The fabric does not wrinkle easily, it is great for traveling. The infamous DVF wrap dress is perfect for many occasions. If you have any Diane Von Furstenberg items sitting in your closet consign them today and earn some cash!

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4 Easy Tips to Mixing and Matching Prints

Mixing and Matching Stripes and FloralsFor all of you creatives out there mixing prints is probably a piece of cake.  Lucky you to be born with innate tendencies towards beauty and synergy.  It’s a piece of cake because you are following rules and guidelines you’ve learned or didn’t know exist because it comes naturally to you.  But for most, mixing prints can be challenging – even intimidating. The good news is there are tips that can be learned and mastered with practice and a little experimentation.  Follow these 4 easy tips to mixing and matching prints and you can remix like an expert.

1. Find a Common Color

Look through your wardrobe for prints in the same color palette or family to pair together. If your top has a combination of blue & green floral make sure your bottom gingham print has at least a pop of blue or green.  You need to have a least one color to tie the two together for a cohesive look. Items will work together even if they have the same pattern but inverted colors. Colors should unify.  Remember to combine colors tastefully, they should compliment each other and look pleasing to the eye. You are looking for colors and tones to blend.  For a guaranteed flawless look mix light tones and dark tones of the same color.

2. Look for Synergy

It creates harmony to mix the same patterns in reverse colors or wear different sizes of the same print. For a look to work, it is important to have one element of synergy to tie prints together whether it be style, color, scale or theme.  You can pair two types of the same print magically and color may not play a part in both. Mix and match two different color paisley prints and it will work because the patterns are the same, just make sure you pay attention to the scale of each.  It works because the theme or style matches and creates the synergy needed for the perfect outfit.  You need to find one element or essence of the other for the look to work together.

3. Size Matters

Look for one print to dominate the outfit and one to compliment.   This is important because you need one focal point to draw the eyes. For example, small stripes and larger florals make for a great combo.  The larger florals draw the eyes in and the stripes make for a great compliment.  Mixing the same pattern in a larger or smaller scale can work too because the two print sizes complement each other.  Mixing two large prints can overpower the whole look.  It’s best to pair small prints with larger prints and mix prints in different scales for the best look.  It’s always possible to break all the rules and mix two smaller prints or two larger prints together for a good look but it should be done carefully to make sure other elements pair together.

4. Mix in Neutrals & Solids

If you are feeling like a print is too loud or overpowering break it up with a solid neutral. Wearing a head to toe bold print like a geometric might be too much print and needs an addition of a neutral solid for a put together look.  Having the print peek through is a great alternative to pattern overload. Pair bold prints with a solid colored jacket or cardigan to tone it down. When mixing two contrasting prints you can mix in a solid colored belt to break it up.  By adding a solid or neutral you will evoke a more subtle look to your bold print.

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Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff
$128.99
Nanette Lepore
Nanette Lepore
$68.99
Milly
Milly
$58.99
L’Agence
L’Agence
$68.99
Elizabeth & James
Elizabeth & James
$88.99
Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff
$128.99
Nanette Lepore
Nanette Lepore
$68.99
Milly
Milly
$58.99
L’Agence
L’Agence
$68.99

It’s easy to create a unique and individualized look with prints and items you may already have in your closet.  Dig out all the gingham, paisley, leopard, stripes, polka dots, florals and geometric patterns you can find and get ready to experiment.  Black and white stripes, polka dots and leopard print are classics.  These classics are wardrobe staples because they go with almost everything.  With these classics and a few other prints, you will be on your way to inject more fun & variety into your wardrobe.

Current Girl's Guide to mixing matching prints