Colour Theory + Pattern Play

P1130172 The best way to revamp your wardrobe is by pairing pieces together that you normally wouldn’t. That’s what this handy little guide is for!

Monotone is Cool

This year, I’ve noticed a lot of single-colour outfits in magazines, blogs, and on the street. Pastel pinks and blues have become especially popular. The best way to pull off this look is by choosing one colour family and pairing variants of that base in different shades, textures, and patterns.

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Mixing Colours

I find that the easiest way to mix colours is to stick warm tones with warm tones and cool tones with cool tones. Start off by choosing the main colour and branch off in complementing shades.

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Incorporating Textures

Pairing unexpected textures is cool. Mix denim with sequins, sheer organzas with rough wool, leather with chiffon… the possibilities are endless! Another way to incorporate different textures within an outfit is to mix knits: a small stitch with an open one and chunky scarves with cashmere are examples.

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Pattern Play

Mixing patterns is fun and easy. The most versatile pattern to have in your closet? Stripes: they go well with plaids, dots, leopard prints… pretty much anything, to be honest. If mixing large patterns seems a little much, choose one larger pattern and then throw in a fabric pattern such as tweed. Not quite confident to add colour to the challenge? Stick to patterns in black and white for a chic mix.

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Denim on Denim

Don’t worry, there’s no need to go Justin and Britney on this one. However, mixing two different shades of denim in one outfit is gorgeous. Fun fact: wearing a denim shirt with jeans is known as the Canadian Tuxedo.

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