We love a good pattern play when it comes to our wardrobe, but we also know it can be scary! Here's some helpful tips to keep in mind so it doesn't look like you got dressed in the dark.
Neutrals: We treat stripes, animal prints, polka dots and plaids as neutrals. Juxtapose these with a bold print and you'll find mixing patterns a sinch!
(Photograph by: Style + Pepper)
Vary the Scale of your Prints: Wearing a medium/large print with a small print helps create balance. If two smaller prints are paired together, you may look too busy. Conversely, if you wear two large prints, you may appear wider than you really are! Be sure to find the right balance when mixing.
(Photograph by The Effortless Chic)
Consider Color: Color is a very powerful tool when it comes to your wardrobe particularly when you're mixing prints. It has the ability to influence your mood, enhance, conceal and much more. Each color scheme has a place in your wardrobe so first, let's review the color wheel and it's color schemes within.
Color Schemes: This will help you pair the right color with the right pattern as you mix.
- Monochromatic: Colors with varying hues of the same color. These are the colors that are vertical on the wheel above. By adding in a pattern to different hues of the same color it helps you avoid looking too matchy matchy.
- Analagous: These are colors that are to the right and left of a color on the wheel. This creates a minimized contrast, giving a consistent look without too much boldness.
- Complimentary: Colors that are opposites on the color wheel. These colors create a bold contrast, making you sure to stand out!
White or Black Tops
You may call it denim, jean or chambray - but EVERY girl has a shirt of this nature in their closet. Why? Because it literally goes with anything! A chambray top is one of the most flattering and versatile pieces out there. They come in such a range of styles and hues that you can own multiple and wear them as often as you please!
We know what you're thinking, "this won't look good with my skin tone." "Lies,"we say! Here's the trick. Pair it with something vibrant and poppy (like our skirts!) and throw on a colorful lip. Sometimes I think we forget that our nail polish or our lip color can be used as an accessory.
If you're like us, and our girl Rihanna, you're not scared of shining bright like a diamond! Plus, wearing bright colors can actually impact your psyche whether you're aware of it or not. We read about the power of color therapy from an expert named, Constance Hart in an article Vogue did on her and it stuck with us!
A Graphic Tee
The signature look of a cool girl of this day and age is to let your clothing do the talking...literally. One way to do that is through a message on your favorite tee. These adorable tees from our friends over at Luella are where it's at. They're roomy, fun and come in a variety of colors, sizes, and sayings! Be sure to enter our contest on IG to win one of your very own!!
Meet Sharon, our Master Designer and owner of the shop in Rwanda that we partner with at Trove! Despite being born in Uganda, Sharon has always identified Rwanda as home. Like many other Rwandan's, Sharon's parents chose to flee to Uganda because of the genocide. Although despite their efforts to flee tragedy, Sharon’s father died in a car crash when she was just a year old. Sharon, along with her 10 siblings, was left for her mother to raise on her own. It was seeing her own mother struggle to raise her and her siblings that inspired Sharon to eventually take a career in helping vulnerable women take care of their families.
In high school, Sharon was among the brightest in her class. She loved school, loved reading and wanted badly to continue pursuing her education. Knowing there wasn’t means within her family to attend university, she was encouraged by some members of Africa New Life to apply for the Esther Scholarship located in Kigali, Rwanda.
The Esther College Scholarship program provides a college education for exceptional young women who demonstrate character, leadership and academic rigor. Women who receive this scholarship are often genocide survivors, orphans, and the most poverty stricken. Its sole purpose is to help young women reverse the cycle of poverty, by giving them an opportunity at education so they can reach their potential. In addition to attending university, the women volunteer their time to improve the local community, receive leadership training and learn basic finance management.
Sharon was one of sixteen girls accepted into the program that year! Because of her love for people, travel and the fact that tourism is the country’s largest source of foreign earnings, Sharon chose to pursue Tourism and Travel Management for her degree. After graduating she worked as a travel agent for a local company, taking tourists on various excursions and experiences throughout the country. However, there was always this underlying feeling and hope that she could work in an industry she always felt drawn to but never thought feasible – fashion!
Sharon has recently resigned from her job with the travel agency to pursue her shop full-time. Her dreams are to grow her store in orders to provide more jobs for gifted women like the woman she employs, Claudine. We want to help her with these dreams! Your orders directly impact the dreams of these women and will go directly towards funding materials and equipment for the shop, operating costs of her business and Claudine and Sharon’s salaries. They create local orders and orders of tourists passing through, but Trove is by far their biggest ordering client!