The Pattern Maker
I fought long and hard against the trend of a patterned pant. I dug my heels in and refused to buy a pair of patterned pants….until today. I was walking by my local New York and Company minding my own business when this pair of black pants jumped out at me screaming “buy me buy” and I did. I had a $30 reward and the pants were on sale for half off so technically they were free.
The trick to styling a patterned pant is to create a balance by not overpowering your look with the addition of another pattern on top. If you have a bold pattern on your shirt and your pant then you have failed to use your clothes as a means to create shape. It is important when creating shape to have a defining point at the waistline. Also, too much pattern in one place can leave people feeling like they are in the midst of an 80’s flashback In the first option I have taken the shirt from Contrast the Collar with Style and paired it with the patterned pant and a black sequin tank. The pattern in the shirt is the perfect compliment to the dark tones in the pants. Also, the dress shirt patterns helps provide a more fashionable touch than a plain white dress shirt would have alone.
In the next option I paired the pants with a red sweater to add a bright pop of color. For holiday I chose a red sweater but after the holidays you can continue the look by adding an emerald top which will be the “it” color for spring.
The key to choosing a patterned pant that will serve you over several seasons is to choose a pattern that will stand the test of time. Think along the lines of a pinstripe or a houndstooth pattern that is classic enough to be repeated over every season. Those patterns will allow you to take part in the trend without purchasing a piece that you will wear for only one season.
Posted on December 18, 2012, in Affordable, Bargain Shopping, Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Shopping, Style, Stylist, Thrifty Thursday and tagged bargain hunting, best dressed fall, best dressed for fall, fall fashion styles, fall fashion trends, fall fashions, fall wardrobe, fashion forward, fashion tips, fashion trends, latest fashion trends, new york and company, shopping, signature style, style, stylist, Thrifty Thursday. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.