Trend Alert: How to Mix and Match Patterns

Patterns are big this season. Whether its tribal, floral or stripes – this summer it’s all about keeping and looking busy. So let’s take it one step further and mix it up!

The print clash fashion trend is probably the easiest trend of the season to replicate. It also happens to be incredibly budget friendly, as I’m sure that most you have hoards of old printed separates crowding your closet. The trick with patterns though is to make sure that you look more like Shahpur Jat and less like Sarojni Nagar threw up on you!

Monochrome Maestro
Picking a colour palette is key when mixing prints. Too many colours spread between different prints can drown you out and make it look like it’s the trend wearing you rather than the other way around. Whether its all black and white, shades of the same colour or even pastels, mixing similar coloured patterns will keep you looking like you but on trend – like this lime green Banarsi silk sari by Raw Mango with a Navy and lime checked blouse.

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Break it up
Mixing too many prints can have the disastrous effect of making you look chunky and short. This is especially true for those of us who aren’t blessed with model like proportions. To balance out the print clashing, and add an element of relief, try to combine the prints with something plain like a blazer, or a dupatta like Sabyasachi has done in his floral printed lehenga with striped crop top. By also sticking to a colour palette he has created a look that is fashion forward yet flattering.

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“Yoo hoo?! Are you in there?!”
A trend stops being a trend when you can’t see the person wearing the clothes. It’s just stupid. So whichever combination of prints and patterns you decide to go along with, remember to balance – particularly if you are a fan of the bold, in-your-face, totally-awesome-but-super-hard-to-carry-off prints. The solution: balance. Pair a large print with a smaller one, and see how your look turns from crazy to chic. We love how Payal Singhal has paired the oversized paisley print with a simple geometric one – completely elevating the standard palazzo pants and cropped jacket look to a new level.

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So go on, don’t be a plain Jane, Mix it. Match it. Smash it.

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Trend Alert: How to wear stripes

Some things never go out of fashion. Stripes are one of these things. Season after season, year after year, their simple structured lines give even the most vintage style a modern twist. Vertical, horizontal or diagonal – like people, stripes come in many different sizes and colours.

But stripes come with a warning: the main thing to keep in mind when wearing stripes is that unless you are shaped like a model, stripes can make you look less zebra and more zebra crossing.

Horizontal vs Vertical
The golden rule when it comes to stripes is that horizontal can make you look broader, and vertical taller. However, stripes don’t always have to be so monochrome, rather they can be used to balance: If you are flatter on top, a horizontal striped blouse can give the illusion of curves, and vertical stripes on trousers or skirts elongate your legs making you look taller. Like this black and gold lehenga by Payal Singhal – the gold streaks at the bottom of the skirt will had length to any height. 

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Multi vs Mono
The same is the case with multi vs mono coloured stripes. Although they look super cool and fun, too many colours can be difficult to pull of by drawing attention to all the wrong areas. That’s why we love Papa Don’t Preachs take on the trend – their tone-on-tone striped beading is subtle yet on trend, and super easy to wear. 

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Mix vs Match 
The only thing better than stripes are more stripes! Mixing and matching different types of stripes to create a more unique and bold look. We love how Raw Mango has combined this white and navy striped silk sari with an inverted striped top. Super chic!

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Trend Alert: Tribal

Tribal, ethnic, indigenous, Indian, African or Aboriginal, the hottest trend this summer comes with many different names and even more choices. And what makes this trend even better is the fact that you probably own some of the hottest and hippest pieces already – why you ask? Because tribal = traditional!

Bust out your maang tikkas, kundan, haath phools, and payals – real or fake, it doesn’t matter, the key here is more more more! The same goes for clothes: tribal focuses on prints like ikat and laharia, and bright colours – making your Indian wardrobe the perfect starting place.

Central to carrying out this trend is to strike a balance between east and west, and to know when and where to draw the line so you stay on fleek rather than off point.

Weekend Casual

Grab your favourite summer dress or maxi skirt, a pair of gladiator sandals and a bandana, and your look is over half way there! Elevate your look with a plethora of matt finish goodies. We especially love these gold plated bangles by Amethyst – stack them high, and intermix them with some bright coloured glass bangles. Top it off with a statement ring like this gold plated chakra ring  and a pair of burnished gold disk earrings, both by Amrapali.

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At the Office

Just because you have to be smartly dressed at work doesn’t mean that you can’t bring a little nomadic chic to your desk. We love Outhouse’s coral and black half moon earrings – their subtle design with a pop of colour will add a little oomph to look. Pair them with a single statement bangle, see Amethyst’s square shaped gold plated bangle with carnelian to complete the look and bring a little life to your urban jungle.

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Date Night

So here’s the thing, most guys don’t really get trends. I mean think about their wardrobes, jeans, trousers, a shirt – standard. The trick in this case is moderation. Pick a safe outfit that makes you look and feel great, and accentuate it with some arty accessories. We love these uber dangly amethyst earrings by Outhouse and this dual knuckle-busting ring by Micare.

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Party/Festival

Woohoo! it’s party time! With pool parties and summer festivals in abundance, there’s no time like now to transform your wayfaring ways to your clothes and accessories. Comfort is key, so grab your most worn in shorts, and a printed shirt, layer with a waistcoat, or anything with tassels, and your favourite ankle boots or sandals. Rock this global nomadic look with an OTT headpiece – like this pearl and gold spiked matha patti by Outhouse, an aggressive cuff and an in-your-face ring – both by Amethyst.

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