Thursday, February 12, 2015

how-to: contrasting prints

zara, white coat, how to wear contrasting prints, pink roses, bottega vendetta, leather handbag
zara, white coat, how to wear contrasting prints, pink roses, bottega vendetta, leather handbag, Karen Walker Super sunglasses
zara, white coat, how to wear contrasting prints, pink roses, bottega vendetta, leather handbag, Karen Walker super, gap chunky turtleneck
zara, white coat, how to wear contrasting prints, pink roses, bottega vendetta, leather handbag, Karen Walker Super
zara, white coat, how to wear contrasting prints, pink roses, bottega vendetta, leather handbag, Karen Walker Super
{Zara coat, Gap turtleneck (similar short sleeve style), J. Brand denim, Zara loafers (how crazy gorgeous are these?), Bottega Veneta bag, Karen Walker Super sunglasses}


I've been know to dabble in the contrasting prints in my time as a blogger. At one time I think that was the reason anybody knew me. Remember this post and this post and this post?! Yup, all a mixture of gorgeously loud and colorful prints. Let's just say I know a thing or two can't help myself but to mix it up. When the majority of your closet is print over solid you need to make do. I think there are a few things you should take into consideration when trying out contrasting prints yourself. 

1. Do you feel comfortable? If not it'll show the minute you step out of your home. People wear confidence on their sleeve whether they want to or not so make sure you love everything about what your wearing and it'll make you feel that much better.
2. Same color family. You've heard that one before, I'm sure. It's true, two different pieces can work so well when they are in the same region of the color wheel, like this post!
3. Similar type of pattern. Even if your contrasting patterned clothing are not in the same color family I think it could work, take for example this outfit. The colors are not the same, and the two items are actually pretty loud themselves- but, they work together because they are both geometric prints, and because one color is more subdued than the other. 
4. Grounding element. One item in you outfit needs to be a basic, whether it's a white tee, or in this case  a pair of basic black denim. That way you really showcase the contrasting prints. 

Or, maybe the whole thing worked because I was running late to catch my bus this day, so consequentially I threw on the coziest thing closest to me-- and perhaps I just got lucky. ;) How do you do contrasting prints? Send me some links in the comments, I want to see! 

Allergic to Vanilla

Photography by Mehreen Zahid

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x carlina