PATTERNS AND PRINTS

Stripe pattern
Polka dots pattern
Check pattern
  • Characteristics of PATTERNs & PRINTs
  • How to wear STRIPEs
  • How to wear CHECKs
  • How to wear ANIMAL PRINTs
  • How to wear FLORALs
  • How to wear POLKA DOTs and others
  • How to wear and MIX PATTERNs & PRINTs

DENSITY

The density of the pattern means the amount of coverage versus negative space. It ranges between low to high depending on the negative space between the elements.

Low Density Pattern

LOW 

Medium Density Pattern

MEDIUM 

High Density Pattern

HIGH 

SCALE

The scale of the pattern defines the size of the pattern. The smaller the pattern, the easier it is to wear. Generally larger patterns are recommended for taller individuals, or they can be placed the areas that you might need volume.

Small Scale Pattern

SMALL

Medium Scale Pattern

MEDIUM

Large Scale Pattern

LARGE

CONTRAST

The contrast is a result of combining dark and light colours or colours that are far away on the colour wheel. The greater the difference between the colours, the high is the value of contrast in that pattern. Low contrast patterns and prints are easier to wear and mix rather than high contrast ones. A strong contrast makes the area appear larger. If you naturally have high contrast in your features, than you can use higher contrast patterns and prints.

Low Contrast Pattern

LOW 

Medium Contrast Pattern

MEDIUM 

High Contrast Pattern

HIGH 

ORDER/LAYOUT

The order/layout of the pattern determines if the pattern is orderly arranged/structured or loosely/randomly across the garment.

Ordered Layout Pattern

IN ORDER

Semi-Ordered Layout Pattern

SEMI ORDER

Random Layout Pattern

RANDOM

SATURATION

Saturation defines the intensity or purity of the colors used in that particular pattern. The scale is between muted/soft and bright/clear.

Bright Contrast Pattern

BRIGHT

Medium Contrast Pattern

MEDIUM

Muted Pattern

MUTED

PLACEMENT

All-over patterns have no negative space; the entire garment is covered with patterns such as plaids, stripes,dots and checks.

PARTLY 

All Over Pattern

ALL OVER 

PATTERN VS PRINT

Often the terms PATTERN and PRINT are used incorrectly but they are not the same. Printed patterns are actually very different from woven patterns.
A PATTERN is any repeated design, such as a floral, geometric, medallion, etc. It can be woven into a fabric or printed on top.
A PRINT is a pattern, however it is not woven into the fabric but applied to the top with dye by various methods such as digital printing or screen printing.
Try flipping the fabric over to the backside, if you can no longer see the pattern, it is probably a print. When in doubt, refer to fabrics with a design as a pattern, because ALL prints are patterns, but not all patterns are prints!.

TYPES OF PATTERNS

STRIPES

Black and white stripped dress
Striped off shoulder t-shirt
Multi-colour stripped dress
Stripped sleeveless t-shirt

Types of Stripes

Hairline Stripe Pattern

Hairline 

Very thin stripes close to each other, the name refers to the width of the hair.

Pencil Stripe Pattern

Pencil/Dress

Thin stripes as wide as drawn by a pencil.

Pin Stripe Pattern

Pin 

Thin stripes spaced wide apart, the space between stripes are always much wider than the stripes

Candy Stripe Pattern

Candy

Medium scale stripes which are about 1/8 inches from each other, similar to the candy stick stripes

Chevron Pattern

Chevron/Herringbone 

Stripes laid out in a zigzag layout.They can have either a broadening or a narrowing effect on the figure depending on the way it is positioned.

Regimental Stripe Pattern

Regimental 

Diagonally placed stripes that have colors associated with the regiment’s uniforms and flags. It is mostly seen in neckwear.

Roman Stripe Pattern

Roman 

Bright, multicolored contrasting vertical stripes.

Chalk Stripe Pattern

Chalk 

Similar but wider than the pin stripes, it is a fainter line with some discontinuity at regular intervals, like it was drawn by a tailor's chalk.

Shadow Stripe Pattern

Shadow 

Stripes have lines adjacent to them looking almost like shadows.

Breton Stripe Pattern

Breton 

Horizontally placed Bengal stripes with light and dark colour combination.

Bengal Stripe Pattern

Regency/Bengal/Tiger 

Same width stripes arranged in alternating light and dark colors. They are smaller than awning stripes but wider than candy stripes.

Awning Stripe Pattern

Awning 

Very wide vertical stripes of solid color on a lighter background. It resembles to pattern of awning fabrics.

Barcode Stripe Pattern

Barcode 

Vertical lines of varying width which resembles the barcode.

Bayadere Stripe Pattern

Bayadere 

Colorful horizontal stripes of varying width.The name is derived from the dancers of India.

Stripped outfit
Stripped shirt with jeans
Vertical striped black shirt
Horizontal striped cropped top

How to Wear Stripes

Stripes have always been in fashion and have a huge effect for your figure adjustments. We give you some recommendations below in order to use stripes wisely:

Horizontal and vertical stripes have different jobs. Horizontal ones make your body slimmer, whereas vertical ones widen your body. For example, if you have a teardrop shaped body, avoid striped bottoms, they will highlight your curvy hips. Instead choose solid dark colour bottoms when you are pairing them with striped tops. If you have a triangle body shape and you would like to enhance your upper half, than you can use horizontal striped tops with different colors.

Wear vertical on the bottom and horizontal on the top. Wear vertical stripes with your bottoms and skirts, especially if you are on the shorter side. If you’re just starting to wear stripes, wear them with a block of color on your other half. Emphasize only one part of the body. Pair them with a neutral color if you want to feel safe.

The thicker the stripes the wider the area looks. When it comes to more form fitting pieces (dresses, skirts, etc.), thinner stripes will typically be more flattering.

The wider the stripe, the bolder the statement. If you’re hesitant about stripes, try pinstripes at first and once you feel comfortable in them. 

Background is also important when you choose striped outfits.  The dark background will also make you look slimmer opposite to light backgrounds.

Make sure you complement or contrast the colour of your stripes when choosing the other half of your clothing. With a multicolored top, you can pick out one of the colors and wear a matching pair of leggings. 

Don’t be afraid of mixing widths. A wider, horizontal striped top paired with a wide leg thinner striped pair of pants is certainly a chic look. As well, mixing horizontal and vertical on top and bottom is a great option, too.

Stripes can be mixed easily with other prints, such as florals and geometric patterns. The most versatile striped garments are white with black stripes–they’re just the easiest to mix and match with everything else.

There are different ways of styling STRIPEs:

Vertical striped shirt
Horizontal striped t-shirt with jean short
Black and white horizontal striped skirt
Horizontal striped cardigan

One of the easiest of wearing stripes is simply pairing a striped top with jeans. Such as loose-knit striped sweater with boyfriend jeans, high waist jeans with a striped shirt with ruffle details, denim shorts with striped t-shirts, denim skirt of any length with a feminine striped blouse, a colorful, striped t-shirt with a pair of flare jeans etc.

Tights and leggings are also perfect options that will complement striped tops such as tunics. Horizontal striped loose cardigans are very popular with skinny pants or leggings. You can even put a skinny belts on them to break the look if you like.

A striped skirt with a plain top can look fabulous, as can a striped top with a plain skirt or jeans. 

Wear striped shirt or tees with a simple black or white bottoms. Since the stripes already become visual, you can break the tone down by choosing black or white. 

Black and white striped dress
Gray striped belted blazer
Vertical striped white blazer
Black and white horizontal striped dress

Vertical striped jackets, blazers can be combined with jeans or solid bottoms creates a very trendy look.

Black and white striped dresses go great with red accessories in order to create a dramatic look.

Feminine, long and flowing multi colour striped dresses come in all styles and fabrics and are ideal in the summer.

Wearing a pair of black and white striped trousers is both modern and feminine. Pair them with tight- or loose-fitting jumper with a collared shirt or denim shirts.

CHECKS

Gray checked blazer
Beige checked jacket
Sport shirt with check pattern
Sport shirt with check pattern

Types of Checks

Madras Check Pattern

Madras

Uneven checks formed by bands of vibrant colours with varying thickness crossing each other.

Pin Check Pattern

Pin

One or two yarns thick pin-sized stripes crossing each other to form small checks which look like dots from a distance.

Plaid Check Pattern

Plaid

Colourful stripes with different width crisscrossing each other to form symmetrically placed checks. The pattern of the vertical stripe does not necessarily have to match the pattern of the horizontal stripe.

Tartan Check Pattern

Tartan

Similar with Plaid. The pattern of the stripes running vertically is duplicated EXACTLY on the horizontal axis. Where the different colors overlap, new colors are created.

Dupplin Check Pattern

Dupplin

Formed by a combination of simple checks, usually dog’s tooth and windowpane checks.

Gingham Check Pattern

Gingham

Regular bright colored checks made by overlapping stripes of the color of the same width combined with white thread.

Glen, Prince of wales Pattern

Glen/Prince of wales

Combination of large and small checks creating a pattern of irregular checks.

Graph Check Pattern

Graph

Evenly shaped checks formed by thin bands of a single colour on a white background looking just like a graph paper.

Shepherd Check Pattern

Shepherd

Similar to gingham checks, small, even sized checks of two colours which are usually black and white.

Tattersall Check Pattern

Tattersall

Regularly spaced, small checks made on white background by thin, evenly coloured bands.

Gun Club Check Pattern

Gun Club

Alternating bands in two or more colors intersect on a light background creating checks.

Windowpane Check Pattern

Windowpane

Thin, light coloured bands forming checks on a contrasting solid colored background which resemble window panes.

Harlequin Pattern

Harlequin

Repeating pattern of contracting diamonds.There is a tiny dot where the diamonds meet.

Mini Check Pattern

Mini

Small even sized checks on a solid colour sized between the Pin check and the Gingham check.

Argyle Pattern

Argyle

Diagonally arranged diamond or lozenges shapes consist of two to three different colours. Mostly used on knitted fabrics.

Buffalo Check Pattern

Buffalo

Big squares formed by the intersection of two different colored yarns, usually red and black.

Checkerboard Pattern

Checkerboard

Equal sized checks of two different colours as you see on the checkerboard game-board.

Dog’s tooth, Hound’s tooth Pattern

Dog’s tooth/ Hound’s tooth

Formed by broken or uneven checks or abstract four pointed shapes that resemble a dog’s tooth.

How to Wear Checks

Gray overcoat with check pattern
Red midi skirt with plaid pattern
Red sport jacket with plaid pattern
Yellow button up crop top with check pattern

There are huge variation of checks available with various widths, colours and spacings. It’s a look that you can wear from work through to the weekend and beyond. There are some easy and most effective examples of how to wear checks:

With strong checks, keep the rest of your attire muted and clean while with less obvious checks in grey and light brown cloths, a bold pairs can make a big statement.

When pairing checks, stick to the same colour family for each piece for a statement that isn’t too loud. 

Adding a pop up colour to your check combination makes the pattern more visible and injects some colour to an otherwise neutral ensemble.

The simplest and most effective way to wear check is to go bold with a statement coat or piece of outerwear. Beautifully tailored Prince of Wales check, single or double-breasted coat is flattering, warm and completely on-trend. Style it out with ankle boots and jeans for a relaxed look or pencil skirts, shirts and heels for a formal look.

A checked sport coat is a key item to have a well-stocked closet. They pair beautifully with solid trousers, cotton chinos, or denim.

Check pattern blazer with striped shirt
Beige plaid trouser with neutral colour knitted top
Red check shirt with jean short
Checked sport button up shirt

Pair your check trousers with a secondary colour from the check and use that with block-colour knitwear or shirt on your upper half for a harmonious look. If trousers aren’t your thing, opt for checked midi skirts. It’ll give the simplest of jumpers a ladylike spin, you can combine them with a pair of ankle boots. 

Checked suit makes for an incredibly bold look.
You can complete them with solid colour overcoats or accessories with the same tonal of your check pattern.

Checked shirts have been around for generations and they are one of the easiest ways to put some pattern into your life. Wear them with faded jeans and/or a T-shirt for a retro-inspired look.

A check blazer, which can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. If there are other colours in the blazer, pick one of those out for your trouser colour. Style a checked blazer with a pair of flare-legged or boy friend jeans for a timeless casual look.

When it comes to all an all-over print, like wearing check shift dress, pair them with a little denim jacket and stylish black sock boots or cowboy boots.

TYPES OF PRINTS

ANIMAL PRINTS

Zebra pattern blouse
Leopard pattern vintage swimsuit
Animal print hat and crop top
Animal print shirt and hat

Types of Animal Prints

Leopard Pattern

Leopard

Horse shoe shapes with thick edged circles on light background.

Zebra Pattern

Zebra

Irregular, long, wavy black stripes with different thickness on white background.

Giraffe Pattern

Giraffe

Rectangular uneven shapes on light background.

Cheetah Pattern

Cheetah

Thick solid black spots on lighter background.

Peacock Pattern

Peacock

Consist of colourful peacock feathers.

Cow Pattern

Cow

Irregular black rectangles on white background.

Tiger Pattern

Tiger

Long, wavy, irregular stripes on lighter background.

Snake Pattern

Snake

Pattern that resembles the skin of the snake. Commonly used on accessories.

Jaguar Pattern

Jaguar

Rosette spots with thick edged circles with black dots in the middle on light background.

Crocodile Pattern

Crocodile

Irregular small squares aligned in a graph mode.

Hyena Pattern

Hyena

Irregular roundish shapes on tan background.

Tortoise Shell Pattern

Tortoise Shell

Dark brown spots on yellow background. Commonly used for accessories especially sun glasses.

How to Wear Animal Prints

As far as prints go, animal prints are pretty sexy and they were never out of fashion. Managing to stay on the right side of animal print style is a mark of true sophistication.

You have an option to keep it casual or dressy. It mostly depends on on how to pair them.  There are some ways to add animal printed outfits to your wardrobe:

Begin with small portions, such as accessories, wear it in the form of a narrow belt to subtly draw attention to your waist, or on sunglasses or a scarf to draw the eye up toward your face or a classy handbag. They can even elevate your look from casual to classy especially when you use them with your monochrome outfits.

It’s important to combine these bold patterns carefully with other items to achieve a sophisticated look. Choose only one or two animal print garments and accessories per look in order to keep the balance.

Leopard-printed flats
are great for dressing up basics like black pants and white collared shirts. You can use animal printed high heels with your dressy outfits which would create a dramatic sexy appearance.

Recognize your body’s proportions and figure out what you like to play up best, avoid wearing animal prints on any areas that you would prefer not to draw attention to. If you’re on the shorter side, lean towards garments with smaller graphics like leopard print, avoid larger patterns such as giraffe print.

Animal print mini skirt
Animal print pant
Animal print leggings
Animal print sweeet shirt

Always choose one animal printed clothing and match it with a solid bottom or top. Garments in neutral tones that appear in the pattern, such as black, white or beige are very versatile and easy to combine. 

Animal print cowl neck sleeveless blouse
Animal print long blazer
Animal print over coat
Animal print overcoat with denim pants

Pairing animal prints with jeans always works. Pair a leopard-print blouse with denim shorts or pants for more casual look.

Animal print red dress
Animal print dress
Animal print dress
Animal print dress with knitted vest

If you like to wear all over printed dresses, layer on a belt or a jacket to break up all that print and keep the look grounded with simple accessories and flats in neutral colours.

You can add a bright pop up colour
or neon hues to your combination, but make sure not to wear more than three different colours in the same outfit. Avoid overloading on the accessories; one key scarf, bag, necklace or pair of shoes will do. 

FLORAL PRINTS

Floral printed midi fit and flare dress
Floral printed bodycon dress
Paisley printed A line dress
Floral printed midi sun dress

Types of Floral Prints

Art Nouveau Floral Pattern

Art Nouveau

Emerged from 19th century, has rhythmic curves and harmonic repetitions.

Paisley Floral Pattern

Paisley

Curved teardrop shape originated from Kashmir and named after a town in Scotland.

Abstract Floral Pattern

Abstract

Combination of lines, shapes and colours that represents a floral scene.

Quatrefoil Floral Pattern

Quatrefoil

Symmetrical shape created by overlapping four circles resembles a clover leaf.

Botanical Floral Pattern

Botanical

Plants, leaves and flowers drawn in a realistic way based on botanical illustrations.

Retro Floral Pattern

Retro

Flowers drawn with muted tones and saturated colours in geometric style.

Calico Floral Pattern

Calico

Small scale, dense, all over flower shapes in bright colours, originated from India.

Toule de Jouy Floral Pattern

Toule de Jouy

Scenic, pastoral, or floral theme of French countryside, mostly one colour prints on a white back ground.

Damask Floral Pattern

Damask

An ornamental design with one or two colours with a repetitive pattern of abstract flowers.

Vintage Floral Pattern

Vintage

Decorative, detailed, mostly oil painted, loosely arranged flowers in feminine colours

Ditsy Floral Pattern

Ditsy

High density pattern with very small scaled flowers.

Western Floral Pattern

Western

Mostly seen on men's attire or carved in leather or metal.

Fleur de Lis Floral Pattern

Fleur de Lis

Stylish lily flower in abstract and repetitive way, originated from France.

Wreath Floral Pattern

Wreath

Ring shaped intertwined garlands of flowers or leaves.

Chinoiserie Floral Pattern

Chinoiserie

Similar to toile, this features Asian-inspired motifs of people and environment.

Jacobean Floral Pattern

Jacobean

17th centruy British desing with branches ornamented in color with fruits, flowers, and/or birds, commonly used for upholstery or window treatments.

Trefoil Floral Pattern

Trefoil

Consist of stylized three petal flowers or leaves with three leaflets.

Suzani Floral Pattern

Suzani

A traditional Middle Eastern pattern, large-scale design with sun and moon disk (medallion), floral, and vine motifs, popular for bedding and window treatments.

Arabesque Floral Pattern

Arabesque

Elaborate ornamental design of intertwined floral or geometric motifs that originated from Islamic art.

Baroque Floral Pattern

Baroque

Emerging in the 17th century, stylish floral design in high contrast arrangement.

Acanthus Floral Pattern

Acanthus

Resemble leaves from the Mediterranean species. Most common plant forms to make foliage ornament and decoration.

Liberty Floral Pattern

Liberty

All over, stylish, small flower design named by a retail store in London called Liberty & Co.

Anthemion Floral Pattern

Anthemion

Based on a stylized honeysuckle plant of fan shaped palm leaf design originated from Ancient Greece.

Mandala Floral Pattern

Mandala

Originated from Central Asia, consists different size and colour motifs that resembles flowers.

How to Wear Floral Prints

Floral printed white shift dress
Floral printed fit and flare dress
Large floral printed pant and jacket suit
Floral printed long sleeve shirt
Small floral printed off shoulder blouse
Large floral printed deep v neck black dress
Floral printed off shoulder pastel midi dress
Floral printed strapless romper

You can find floral pattern in just about every article of clothing. They are romantic and feminine and whether you love them or hate them depends on your fashion personality. Floral is such a versatile pattern, there are many ways to make it work for your style, they can make you feel sweet and feminine, but you can also style them to be edgy and tough. 

We’re used to seeing florals in the spring and summer, but they became popular in Autumn in Winter as well. Here are some tips on how to look modern in floral prints:

Small, soft, pastel wildflowers are suitable for summer, but larger scale, bright, less dense, exotic blooms are for more cold weather. Also, lookout for more substantial, more luxurious fabrics that look gorgeous in a floral print for fall or winter clothing.

A tiny floral pattern can be a great way to wear floral in a more subtle way, they are softer and more delicate. On the other hand wearing a bold, large floral print makes a statement and always looks totally sophisticated. A high contrast mix and over-sized blooms create more dramatic, edgy look.

Floral printed white maxi dress
Floral printed maxi skirt
Big scale floral printed midi dress
Floral printed pastel maxi dress

Think about your body figure as always when you consider any printed outfit because they are the focal point of your combination. So, if you have a fuller bust and a regular bottom, avoid wearing a busy floral top, you can wear floral jeans instead. On the other hand, if you are tiny up top and fuller on the bottom, wear a flowery fall top and combine it with dark solid colour bottom.

Consider bringing floral into your outfit by the way of accessories. This is an easy way to add some floral to your day without a full commitment. It quickly adds a fun, feminine, and playful touch to any outfit.

Choose accessories that complement one of the other colours in the print in order to balance the look. Avoid adding more colours and textures to your overall look.

A simple way to make sure your floral isn’t too much and over power you is to break it up with a jacket, vest, or cardigan. It also gives the look structure and shape.

There are many floral dresses in all kinds of silhouettes from casual to formal, some of them also create a boho vibe. Avoid going big on accessories with floral dresses. Complete with a pair of sandals and denim jackets. Or you can pair them with knee high boots, a cosy over-sized cardigan and the classic trench coat in colder weather.

If you are feeling romantic, try incorporating floral print into the bottom half of your outfit such as printed flares or mini/maxi skirts for a 1970s feel, you can add a sun hat to complete the look. Maxi floral skirts are all seasonal popular items, throw on a bold, over-sized knit jumper with a pleated floral skirt for colder seasons.

Paisley print T dress
Paisley print dress
Paisley print dress
Paisley print top

How to wear Paisley?

Paisley pattern has been captivated by designers across the globe since the 70s. Since paisley is such a busy print, those women who are on the conservative side can pair any type of paisley print with a solid neutral colour pieces and only with complementing accessories to avoid looking flashy.

Paisley tea dresses are less bohemian and they add some flair to your look. You have option to achieve the modern boho look by going for a paisley print maxi dress. You can pair them wedge heels or clogs and statement earrings.

Another great way to wear paisley is to pair it with a solid color, preferably neutral to channel some modern bohemian vibe. For best results, you can replicate one of the colors found in your paisley print.

A pair of paisley flared or wide leg pants creates a bold bohemian statement, on the contrary, a modern statement can be achieved by going for a pair of paisley leggings in non-earthy shades and pairing it with a bright colored top and stilettos.

Other Patterns & Prints

Geo printed dress
Geo printed skirt
Geo printed dress
Camouflage printed jacket
Polka Dots Pattern

Polka Dots

Consists of equally spaced dots all over the fabric surface in a consistent design.

Pin Dots Pattern

Pin Dots

Very small dots approximately size of a pin head.

Ogee Pattern

Ogee

An arc that formed at the connection of two mirror image, elongated S shapes that resembles an onion as well, often used in bedding and rugs.

Ikat Pattern

Ikat

Ikat refers to a dyeing and weaving method rather than the pattern itself.This method gives ikat fabrics their signature blurred edges.

Greek Key Pattern

Greek Key

An interlocking rectangular pattern constructed from one continuous line, based in ancient Greek history.

Southwestern Pattern

Southwestern

Features bold desert-like colors and repeating geometric shapes or stripes, originated from Southwest America.

Flamestitch Pattern

Flamestitch

A bold, colorful zigzag pattern involves four threads in four different colors.

Abstract Pattern

Abstract

Modern pattern consist of lines, shapes and colors that represent ideas than any physical object.

Tribal Pattern

Tribal

Natural motif with vibrant patterns and vivid colors that represents African tribal culture.

Basketwave Pattern

Basketwave

Pattern resembles the surface of a woven basket.

Water-colour Pattern

Water-colour

Pattern looks like a water colour painting technique with those light transparent brush strokes and a gradation effect.

Bird's eye Pattern

Bird's eye

Formed by a special fabric weave, with 4 small diamond shapes with a dot or space in the center prints looking like the eye of a bird.

Lane's Net Pattern

Lane's Net

Diamonds that are filled with thin lines radiating from the opposing ends and rotated by 45 and 90 degrees.

Trellis Pattern

Trellis

Supporting structure of interwoven pieces of wood or metal, adorned with climbing vines and flowers

Celtic Knot Pattern

Celtic Knot

Knots formed by interfaced ribbons lead seamlessly into one another.

Zellige Pattern

Zellige

Geometric mosaic tile-work created from sets of characteristic shapes.

Camouflage Pattern

Camouflage

Specially designed pattern that blends in with the surrounding, mostly used by military personnel.

Bull's eye Pattern

Bull's eye

Consists of concentric circles or oval shapes.

Geometric, Network Pattern

Geometric/Network

Repetitive patterns with geometric shapes.

Bohemian Pattern

Bohemian

Use of right brilliant colours reminiscent of the hippie movement of the 1960s.

Vintage Pattern

Vintage

Historical decorative patterns.

Scroll Pattern

Scroll

Consist of lots of spiral shapes and curves that resembles rolled scroll of paper.

Scales Pattern

Scales

Repeating pattern with motifs resembling clam shells.

Lattice Pattern

Lattice

Interconnected in a crisscross pattern with square or diamond-shapes or holes in the junctions.

How to Wear Polka Dots

Polka dot printed off shoulder blouses

The great advantage to polka dots if you can wear them anywhere, from the most casual days to the formal occasions. This retro-inspired print is incredibly versatile that you could wear a polka dot tee with your jeans and sneakers, or a polka dot white silky blouse with a pair of black pants for work, or a flowy polka dot dress for a summer wedding. Actually you can dress them up with heels or down with sneakers.

The easiest way to combine polka dot outfits with solid colour bottoms or tops. If you wear black-white polka dot tops, you can pair them black or white jeans, pants or skirts or visa versa. Try wearing a black-and-white polka dot shirt over cropped denim jeans and complete your look with high heels for a night out. You can create a casual look with polka dot off shoulder top, jeans, sandals and sunglasses for day visits. To balance your polka dots, try something masculine on bottom like worn boyfriend jeans in a looser fit with a cool-girl cuff and pumps.

Polka lots look great put together in red, black and white outfit combinations. You can add red accessories, layers, coats and or shoes to your black and white polka dot outfits. You can always add bright, saturated colors to pop up your black and white polka dot outfit for a more cheerful but also sophisticated look. 

A polka dot midi or maxi dress requires little-to-no styling, you simply can't go wrong with black and white polka dots. A wrap-style dress looks good on every body, especially when it's belted a bit high on the natural waist. You can embrace a more feminine look by pink or red polka dots ruffled dresses. Polka dot jumpsuits or rompers are also great for daytime street style especially in a classic black and white pattern.

Black and white polka dot dress
Black and white polka dot dress
Black and white polka dot dress
Black and white polka dot dress
Black and white polka dot dress
Black and white polka dot dress

A black and white polka dot pencil or full skirt looks super chic for a day at the office, when paired with a crisp white blouse and leather accessories. Keep the scale of the polka dots small when you’re wearing a print to work.

You can combine polka dots with different size polka dots or stripes, plaid, or florals.
Mixing patterns to create your own, unique fashion statement is very popular these days. Remember to remain in the same colour tones. 

HOW TO WEAR PATTERNS&PRINTS

There are different ways to use patterns and prints in your combinations. If you are not a big fan of using them, you can add some accessories with patterns to start with, or you can choose one low density, small scale classic pattern for your top. You can always combine printed garment with plain, neutral colour fabrics. If you'd like to wear more than one printed item in your combination, than there are some basic rules in order to mix and match different patterns and prints.

Animal print handbag

Simple Start..

Black and white polka dot shirt

Less..

Check pattern black and white suit

More..

Watercolour and floral pattern mix with denim jacket

Mix..

PATTERN MIXING

Pattern mixing seems like that scary realm that only fashion bloggers, celebrities, and models can enter. But wearing only solid colours is easy, the hard but the fun part is throwing more colours to your outfit by using and mixing patterns. To give you a better idea of where to start, check out these pattern mixing combinations guidelines:

Floral top and stripe bottom pattern mix
Floral top and stripe bottom pattern mix

Match the colours first
If the colors look good together, more often the prints will look good together too.

Peacock Animal PrintPeacock Animal Print

Dominant Colour

You can choose two different prints that share at least one dominant colour.

Neutral Fabric Print

Two Neutrals

Pair two neutral colour prints. That combination style is a good alternative if you prefer calmer look.

Polka Dots PatternPolka Dots Pattern

Invert

If you want to use the same pattern, you can invert the colours.

Trefoil Floral PatternNeutral Floral Print

Bright and Neutral

Pair bright prints with neutral colour prints.

Pelican Fabric PrintPelican Fabric Print

Opposite Colours 

Pair same print with different colour. For bold combination, choose the ones that contrast each other.

Navy Floral Fabric PrintPink Neutral Fabric Pattern

Dominant and Accent

Choose one print to dominate and one as an accent.

Mix same prints; different scales

High Density Botanical PrintMedium Density Botanical Print

Different Density

Use two different density types of the same pattern.

Large Scale Fabric PrintMedium Scale Fabric Print

Different Scale

Use the same pattern with different scales, like large on the top small on the bottom.

Simpler graphic prints are easier to mix

Medium Density Floral PrintTartan Check Pattern

Plaid/Tartan

Easy way to pair plaids is to combine opposites. A large, simple plaid looks perfect when paired with a smaller, busier, more colorful plaid. Or you can pair it with other patterns as you like.

Leopard Animal PrintBlack and White Stripes

Stripes

Stripes, especially black and white stripes, go with everything. They're so simple, they're pretty much the neutral of prints.

Black and White Geometric PrintDog’s tooth, Hound’s tooth Pattern

Go Graphics

Graphic prints go great with each other and with more complex or organic prints like floral or animal prints.

Large Polka Dots PrintPin Polka Dots Print

Polka Dots

Mixing a polka dot print with another contrasting one with larger or smaller dots  is very popular in pattern mixing. Try a larger polka dot on top and pair with a small polka dot print skirt on the bottom.

Distribute them nicely

* Try distributing your prints more evenly by doing one on the top and one on the bottom, that way your outfit would be less busy

* Spread your prints out across your outfit

* Break up the look with solids. If print-on-print-on-print is too much for you, you can layer in some solid-colored clothes
and accessories like belts to calm things down and ground your look

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