Day Seven - Mastering the art of playing with patterns

by Madeline Rossouw January 19, 2024

#MenlynStyleChallenge Day Seven


On this final day of the #7DayMenlynStyleChallenge we’re unlocking the secrets of print perfection.

Whether you’re playing at expert level with enough confidence and flair to mix prints like a pro or if you really battle with incorporating even the most basic of prints into your wardrobe/ outfits, these expert tips should help you elevate your style through print:

Understanding scale and proportion

Know that size matters! Whether it’s a bold floral or subtle polka dot print, consider the scale.

If you are choosing an item for your busty top half, rather opt for a medium sized print as too large prints can emphasise the size of the large bust.

Also, a small scale print can look like there is too much of it covering the already prominent area.

Medium sized prints are generally the safest route.

A unified colour palette lets you create harmony with hues

In the canvas of your wardrobe, you can create a masterpiece by unifying your prints through a shared color palette.

By coordinating the colours of your printed piece with other items, will ensure a seamless blend in your outfit.

A unified color palette transforms your look into a coherent, chic expression of style, making the print stand out like a stroke of paint on the fashion canvas.

Balancing boldness

The key here is to let your best print steal the spotlight.

To do this effectively, you should balance the bolder print with either a slightly more subdued/ neutral print or a texture rich neutral item.

Pattern play with mixing prints

When mixing prints, the best way to do it is by combining an organic print, like florals or animal prints, with a geometric print such as stripes, polka dots or checks.

This adds a touch of pro to your ensemble while keeping it chic and playful.