Playing with Pattern

October 1, 2016


When it comes to clothes we are not fearful of embracing something unique.  In fact, we gravitate towards it!  For some of us, though, it can seem completely overwhelming to find ways to liven up your wardrobe.  Trust us we totally get it, but rest assured there is an easy way of spicing up your closet without feeling like you’re a loud street cone.  Today, we are giving a shout out to #patterns!  (insert applause)



As you may have noticed by our interiors post, we are dedicating today to the ever-resilient succulents and cacti.  What better way to show them love than by choosing a pattern that plays up our plants.



When choosing a pattern, you should ask yourself a few things.  Do you want the pattern to stand out?  Do you want it to create optical illusions on your body?  Do you want it to be so subtle that it looks like little dots?  Do you want it to say something about your personality?  These are all great things to consider and it will help you decide what works for you.



This shirt dress we found at Topshop is actually a perfect introduction to adding excitement into your wardrobe.  The pattern here adds interest without being too busy and from far away it actually looks like dots.  The reason for its unexpected subtlety is due to a few factors (the length of the shirt dress, the way the pattern is against a neutral background, and the scale of the cacti as it spreads across the fabric).



When worn alone the shirt dress definitely stands out, but a good hat can balance out the outfit.  It’s like the icing on the cake!



And when the pattern is cinched to your body, it can definitely act as a benefit to highlight your curves.  Always make sure the one you choose works for your body and not against it. There’s nothing worse than a pattern that creates an unflattering illusion. Now that you have some tips to consider, go out there and make it your own.




Cactus Print Shirt Dress from Topshop for $92

Wide Brim Fedora in ‘Green Multi’ from Rag & Bone for $195



Happy shopping!

Soma & Ulte



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