What are the rules of matching?
Pattern is your sartorial friend. Adding an item that has a pattern with multiple colors allows you to connect the other two items.
For example, a shirt with tan and blue connects a navy jacket and tan chinos. Or a necklace that has red connects your red shoes to your grey dress.
The concept of complementary – not exact – matching is an important skill. It’s when you allow clothing pieces to build each other up to create a higher level look. In this concept, you only need one color found in item A to match one color found in item B.
For example your shoes and your bag should never match but be similar. Wearing different tones of blue, or red, or pink for example is far more complementary than matching. I wear necklace earring sets very sparingly for this reason.
Line direction should match. This means linear lines – like stripes or geometric blocks go with the same. Curves lines, like paisley, or circles and small rounded motives go with same.
How can you wear two or three patterns at the same time?
Never mix the type of patterns – such as paisley with stripe with plaid.
Chose one, but then layer on others ensuring that the scale or the size of the pattern is each a different size.
An example would be a small check suit, micro check blouse, and bold check shoe. Keep your pattern on pattern colors more muted can help as well.
Textures, fabric weave and light reflection add interest to your outfit = but require care not to overdo it or create a disconnect.
- A silk scarf does not belong with a country tweed jacket.
- A glittery silk blouse not with a corduroy skirt.
- A textural nubby knit sweater does not pair with a smooth weave lustrous suit.
- Heavier weight fabrics should only be worn one at a time. Example, avoid wearing a denim jacket with denim jeans unless the colors or wash are different,
- Consider the “weight” of the garment appearance – an example sundresses and combat boots could be considered a disconnect. (or too youthful)
Metals should match – such as silver with silver, gold with gold if possible. Earrings and necklace. Her watch if possible. I wear a two tone watch for this reason. Wedding rings and metal frame glasses not included.
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