The art of mixing and matching

Some of my most recent purchases which I plan on mixing and matching like there's no tomorrow!

March 2012

Mixing and Matching- The Quick guide

This season it’s all about thinking outside the box. Yes, it’s about feeling brave and mixing and matching up our outfits! The IN thing to do at the moment, London Fashion week saw designers galore sending out models to the catwalk donned in outfits which clashed in colour, texture and pattern. Issa’s show saw eclectic 60’s patterns fused with traditional wool ponchos, Christopher Kane teamed purple leopard print with floral and Temperley mixed luxurious gold with folklore peasant blouses.

But there’s a fine line between mixing and matching successfully and looking amazing, and failing miserably with the result of looking like a living, breathing rummage sale! So here are some failsafe tips to pulling off the most current look.

1) Be Brave, but sensible!                               

Mixing and matching is all about confidence. Instead of going with the norm and putting on your favourite denim jeans with that patterned top, be bold and try a pair of brightly coloured jeans with it. This will instantly add a bit more edge to your outfit and will set you apart from the rest. And if you’re feeling particularly feisty, then why not try a pair of patterned trousers? Just be sure to make sure your top half isn’t too crazy!

2) Keep your silhouette looking great.

The ultimate aim of M&M is teaming patterns with different patterns, colours and textures to achieve a retro look. But you still need to make sure you are wearing things flattering to your shape. To keep a balance why not go half and half and wear fitting with floaty. This way you can flatter your favourite bits with the tighter garment and complement your other half with a more floaty number. And remember- too much pattern can be very unflattering! Team neutrals with crazier patterns. And this way you are still fulfilling the rules of mixing and matching!

3) It’s all about the shoes

Shoes can make or break an outfit so never forget to pick out a great pair to complete your look. Marc Jacob’s ‘Merry Go Round’ shoes for Louis Vuitton have been seen on countless perfectly pedicured feet of the rich and famous from Alexa Chung to Abbie Clancy and perfectly sum up the art of mix and match with pastel colours teamed with a metallic toecap. Why not try a pair of two-tone heels which are very current or a splash of neon to spice up your outfit.

 4) It’s in the little details

The mix and match look can be a little daunting so If you’re not quite ready to go the whole hog, then accessories are a great stepping-stone up to the full-blown thing . Something as simple as a patterned headband can make an outfit instantly more fashionable. And why not wear a handbag that clashes with your headband for a subtle fashion statement? Another must is patterned tights which can upgrade a bland outfit up to the level of fashionable.

5) Look to the stars for inspiration

There are many celebs that make the art of mixing and matching effortless- so why not use them for inspiration? That’s what they’re there for after all! Eliza Doolittle, princess of patterns is currently starring in the ‘Today I’m wearing’ photo blog on Vogue’s website which documents her outfits every day for a month. Eliza is the epitome of retro and is never afraid to clash bold colours and crazy patterns. And stars such as Whitney Port are regularly splashed across magazines and the internet wearing utterly fashionable outfits which perfectly sum up the art of M&M.

And the top tip- sometimes it’s good to move out of your comfort zone and try something a little daring.  So go for it!




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