Stripes, Polka Dots and Plaid Oh My

Oh winter, how thou hide my desire for color and lull me into the cozy sleep of blacks and neutrals.

As a Cali girl, I do enjoy the winter wonderland that is New York even after 10 years of living here. Yet as a stylist, it is oh so challening to push back against the instinct to wear my favorite oversized black sweaters on rotation.

Though this day, I decided to push my winter instincts to embrace not just color but pattern upon pattern upon pattern. Here's how to pull off a trio of prints while keeping your chic sensibilities:

1. Start with stripes. They pair well with everything and are the most common print, so they don't feel too bold. Consider them "the neutral of prints". And then please bop me in the nose for writing such a fashiony phrase.

2. Pair bold with busy. These polka dot pants are rather busy, so I made sure my stripes and plaid were both wider, larger prints so they eye didn't have too much going on.

3. Stick within a color palette. Classic red, white and blue keep these ensemble feeling anchored and not too wild, amidst all the kicky fun happening.

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Shop this Style { Navy Striped Shirt : JCrew Similar | Polka Dot Pants : AnthropologieSimilar | Red Plaid Scarf : H&M : Similar | Ikat Socks : Gap : Similar l Short Brown Boots : Thrifted : Similar} + Brooklyn Photography by Bethany Michaela

 

One more tip is when there's kind of an awkward moment happening between your pants and your boots, break it up with some slouchy socks. 

Hope you're inspired to add a little color, a bit of pattern, and a dose of dancing into your week m'dear ...

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