Summer. It's a beautiful word: not because of any exceptional phonetic quality, but because of its meaning. For some of us, summer means weekend escapes and weird tan lines exposing a beach bum alter ego; for others, it's scoring the best sales before heading back to school; for many, it means doing absolutely nothing — and we're very down with that. So order us one of those strawberry daiquiris and don't forget the decorative mini umbrella, please. Summer is in full swing, which means it's time to set up that automatic reply message on your work email: we are currently out of office.
Another reason to love summer – as if there aren't enough already – is the drastic change of wardrobe. No more gloomy shades of black and gray, layered under excessive blanket scarves and fur-lined gloves to combat the cold. It's time to welcome the sun and to do so colorfully. Even if you can't make it to Maui this season, you can still go all-out in a tropical print and bring the island vibes to you. And you don't have to rely on the sun for some shine: let your clothes be the source of brightness in patterns that rival Kimmy Schmidt on her best day. But to master this effect and be more street style than sitcom, let us show you the various ways to rock a pattern this summer and fashionably celebrate the sun.
Keep It Simple
Sometimes, a perfectly selected pattern is all you need to take an outfit from basic to bombshell. If you're going to keep it simple, opt for a stand-out motif on a maxi dress or jumpsuit where there's plenty of pattern to go around. We're talking head-to-toe, wrapping yourself in whatever arrangement of colors and swirls suits you the best. Interesting details like a crochet halter or a low-back are the perfect way to break up your ensemble.
An unexpected way to get a great design some attention is to set it against something neutral. This allows your bold, beautiful prints to really stand out, especially alongside a complementary color. Got a gorgeous paisley dress in blue? Layer in a burnt orange foulard to draw out colors that might be hidden in your attire. Slip your patterned top underneath a long, simple duster, or tuck it into some staple high-waisted slacks. Or, let your pants bring the party instead by opting for a single-colored top and some wildly patterned, flared bottoms to balance out your overall outfit.
Think you're bold because you own a power suit? Challenge yourself to really amp up your wardrobe by power clashing, AKA mixing together two patterns at the same time. Sound impossible? Creating a cohesive look can be daunting, but you can achieve a balance by weighing heavier prints with softer ones that are complementary in color scheme or motif. Don't forget a graphic touch by peppering accent patterns throughout your ensemble in the form of floral statement earrings, or even a bandana tied around your wrist or your neck.
This post was sponsored by Blue Vanilla.