If what’s on the runways during the New York Fashion week is any indication, patterned pants are going to continue to be a top fashion trend. We saw pants in leopard prints, houndstooth checks botanical florals, stripes, plaids, and abstract designs.
When it comes to patterned pants, make sure your bottom can carry them without looking like you were poured in! Patterns in pants need to be smaller or an all-over mix of relatively larger, medium, and smaller motifs closely spaced. Legs simply aren’t large enough to carry off a totally large scale pattern. And if legs are large, they don’t belong in patterned pants at all. Stick to solid colors.
An entire plaid suit for men works when the plaid is subtle and the colors are muted. If the pattern draws tons of attention or makes too strong a statement, break it up. Wear a single patterned piece paired with solid colored separates.
For women, a larger plaid skirt can stand alone when paired with a solid colored top and jacket or sweater in colors picked up from the plaid. Turn a plaid on its side so the lines lie in the diagonal direction on women. The effect is surprisingly slimming. On men or women, don’t let patterned clothes be too big or baggy. The effect is bulky and frumpy at any age.
Paisley prints work well in a tie for men or women. Yes a woman can wear a tie as well as a man. I generally wear mine with a button-front blouse open at the neck, the tie knot lying just below the collar.
Paisleys can be exceptionally beautiful when designed as a border print in women’s dresses, skirts, or blouses. They carry the eye rhythmically throughout the garments.
Floral prints are generally seen in light colors in Spring and Summer, but don’t limit yourself to light color schemes. Some favorites for myself and clients feature lighter colored flowers on a darker background such as navy, black, brown, forest, teal or burgundy – all wardrobe neutral colors easy to accessorize. The darker background adds a romantic or dramatic touch to the finished outfit.
Fashion and image is always about options, choosing what works for you. Because we each evolve throughout our lives, what works now may change to some degree at any given period of life. The day may come when we no longer want to be defined or recognized by the pattern of our past, but rather for who we currently are…and it’s never too late to become the person you want to be.
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