The Personality of Patterns in Scarves
This is the topic of the video Jill Chivers of 16 Style Types and I discuss, though the personality of prints and the discussion on fabric choices extends into other clothing elements outside of the scarf!
So how do you express personality through your patterns?
- Classic – stripes and repeated straight-line geometrics
- Feminine – florals, butterflies, curvy
- Dramatic – animal prints
- Creative – abstract, bohemian, digital print
- Rebellious – animal prints, skulls, tattoo motifs
- Silk or satin fabrics are more Classic or Elegant Chic
- Loose woven cottons are more Relaxed in personality style
- Lightweight fabrics such as chiffon indicate a more Feminine personality style
- Heavier fabrics are also more Relaxed in style
- Nubby and textured fabrics are more Relaxed or Creative in style
- Fringing is more Relaxed or Creative in personality style
Will the colours in the scarf (or garment) tie together other parts of your outfit?
Finding patterns with multiple colours that tie other elements of your outfit together is one of the easiest ways of putting a more colourful outfit together.
Are the colours in the pattern ones you’re attracted to? If not, avoid the scarf.
Classic – black, white, navy, red, blue
Relaxed – earth tones, soft sage green, caramel, rust, oatmeal
Dramatic – bold bright colours
Creative – interesting mixes of colours, unexpected (may not be bright)
Feminine – soft lighter colours, pastels and tints
Elegant Chic – jewel tones, beige and camel and other light neutrals with smaller pops of colour
- Small scale prints – Classic, Feminine
- Medium scale prints – Relaxed, Elegant Chic
- Large scale prints – Dramatic
Not sure about which scale is right for you? Would you like to be able to define what your personality is and how you want to express it through your clothing? This is just part of my 7 Steps to Style program (you also discover your ideal colours along with what suits your body shape, how to wardrobe, how to define your style plus so much more). Find out more here.
Which Do You Choose?
Now that you understand more about how we interpret patterns and prints, what have you noticed about your scarf collection? What kind of prints do you choose in your scarves? Is this different from your clothing?
How are you expressing your personality through pattern? Do share and let us know in the comments!