Clashing Prints: A Short Guide

TRUTH TIME. I’ve always wanted my blog to be a fashion one, ever since I was 15, my friends have been telling me to start one. Back then, I was a tiny little size 8 and I don’t know why I didn’t. This past year, as I’ve started and maintained and grown this blog, there’s been a little voice in the back of my head telling me to try move into fashion posts, but I’ve been too self-conscious to start as I’m now a size 14. However, after doing a poll on Twitter where I received incredible support, where not ONE person said I should stay away from fashion blogging ’cause of my size – honestly, not one out of nearly 100 responses is pretty good for Twitter – I set myself a goal that I’d do at least one outfit post before the end of the year. So, the photos aren’t great quality as they’re taken with my phone and edited with Instagram. Also, they’re taken inside because I’m definitely not confident enough to go around posing in my neighbourhood with a self-timing app! Irregardless, I hope you understand that the quality of the photos isn’t actually the point of this post – it’s more that I actually did it and actually posted the blog post alongside it. I’m hoping if I just jump straight in with these photos, it’ll inspire me to create more, better posts like this, rather than just saying, ‘I’ll wait until I’m more confident’ or ‘more thin’ or ‘have a photographer friend’ or any of the usual excuses I’ve been telling myself for years. So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on why clashing different prints needn’t be scary and why I love experimenting with my style.

 

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I’ve owned this shirt since I was 16 and it was £10 from ASDA and whenever I wear it, people tell me how nice it is and look truly shocked when I tell them where it’s from, which is always fun. When I was younger, I’d wear it over jeans belted in the middle, but now I tend to wear it loose over black leggings due to my size having changed considerably. It’s remarkable it still fits, considering all the clothes I’ve thrown out from just last year. It’s a very thin chiffon-y material, so needs a vest top underneath it for daily wear, but it feels light against the skin. I’m also a MASSIVE fan of the 3/4 sleeve detail, as I never like my forearms covered up (I don’t know why!)

 

And I also love this tweed jacket, which I got for £2 from a vintage fair a few years ago. It’s a little oversized, but I wear it more as a coat than anything else, so the extra room works well for me. I love all heritage prints – so expect to see more tweed and tartan if I keep these posts going! It’s not a particularly warm piece of clothing, so my love for it is more style over substance, but at least I’m honest with myself about it.

 

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Sometimes I wish I could dress like a ‘normal’ person in a more natural way. So, it wouldn’t even cross my mind NOT to pair these two items together. Neither am I ‘attention-seeking’ for wearing all the bold and patterned clothing that I do, it’s simply really natural for me. But one thing I wish more people knew was that most colours and patterns do actually work together, as long as you follow a few really basic premises.

 

The first is to keep the number of patterns and/or primary colours to 2 per whole outfit. If your coat is leopard print, don’t wear a tartan skirt AND a flowery top. With a black top, you’re perfect. Any two *different* prints will work well with each other as long as you think thematically (animal, floral, geometric etc.) So don’t have a shirt with cats on and trousers with a terrier pattern – try some tartan trousers, or a chequered skirt instead.

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Secondly, don’t go crazy on the accessories. As much as I LOVE Helena Bonham Carter, the reason she always looks so dishevelled on the red carpet is never her dress, but more her tights, shoes and bag. Ditto with Anna Dello Russo. Don’t get me wrong, I love them and I think they look incredible, but maybe not quite how you’d want to look when going out for a quiet cup of coffee with your mate?

 

And lastly, wear your outfit with confidence. I honestly think that’s the only reason I get away with half of the things I wear, because I look so comfortable wearing them, however outlandish they are. It’s easier said than done, I know. But the thing is, if you don’t feel comfortable in it, it’s fine if you don’t want to wear it. Just don’t take it off because you think OTHER people will think it’s weird – if you don’t, they won’t. And if they do, they’re losers and nobody cares about them. Love yourself and your clothes and not conforming to society’s weird, rigid fashion rules.

 

Mmkay?

 

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