Does Everything Have to Match?

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Hi Imogen, I have been wondering if you can give some tips on how to not match effectively. I’m in my early 50’s, and I find that my choices have become more stodgy and less risky ūüôĀ ¬† . This isn’t about shoes and bags (mine would only match accidentally anyway) but I’ve noticed younger women are much more comfortable with nothing matching, but still look OK. Is it only their youth? Some types I understand and feel comfortable with (for example, white/ cream and black spotted shirt or skirt with solid contrasting color bottom or top – safe, easy, classic) . However, I’ve been seeing young women wearing, a skirt or dress that has 2, maybe 3 colors, with a top or sweater that matched none of them. I think it looks really nice on them, but me? I’m not so sure. Would I look like I dressed in the dark? ¬†What are your thoughts on this style trend?

Thanks!

Anne

Inside Out Style how to mix but not match prints masterclass

There is such a big personality element to what you feel comfortable wearing that you need to take into consideration.  Different personality styles will approach the matching or clashing element differently.

Those with a more Classic (responsible, mature, sensible, organised, ordered) personality will avoid clashing prints or colours. ¬†And it won’t work on them (no matter their age) as it’s not authentic or a representation of who they are. ¬†It’s at odds.

Those who are more Creative (innovative, exploratory) in their personality will clash prints and colours and it will work (no matter their age) as it is a true representation of their individuality.

If you really want to delve deeply into what your personality style is and how you can express that it’s the first step in my 7 Steps to Style program.

If you want to explore mixing prints (or clashing) there are rules you can follow which I have written about here and here.  Some prints are easier to mix Рsuch as stripes Рthey mix easily with many prints.  Others such as animal prints and florals can be mixed too.

Matching shoes and handbags is of course not something that is modern (though someone who is Classic will still love to do so and it will work for them).

Your colour contrast level will also give you an indicator if mixing multiple coloured prints together will work for you (or not).  Someone with high colour contrast (so more complementary or triadic colour contrast) will be able to mix multiple colour prints more easily than someone with low colour contrast (monochromatic or neutral plus one colour).

You may find if you have lower colour contrast mixing a print in a neutral with something in a monochromatic colour could be the way to try this trend.

How to Mix but Not Match Prints and Patterns

  • If you want to try mixing unrelated colours the intensity must be the same. ¬†So muted with muted or bright with bright.
  • The undertone of the colours should be the same – cool with cool and warm with warm
  • The value of the colours should relate – so lighter with lighter or darker with darker (or medium with medium value).
  • The density of the print should be different – so busy with sparse, small with large.

Inside Out Style: how to mix prints without matchingEven if the colours are not exactly in each print, they should relate and look harmonious.  Otherwise you will look like you got dressed in the dark!

Mixing Not Matching Colours and Prints

So you’ve got a patterned skirt in multiple colours – how to pair a top that the colour isn’t already in the print?

Think about working with the colour wheel.

Inside Out Style: How to mix a colour with a print when the colour is not in the printYou are looking for colours that relate to the colours in the print. One step away from the colours that already exist.

Inside Out Style Blog: Colour Wheel colour schemes
Colour schemes using the colour wheel

Using the same rules above of mixing similar values of colours (light with light, dark with dark etc) as mentioned above, then looking at the colour wheel and finding a colour that is next to the majority of the colours in the pattern.

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