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How do I tastefully use patterns in a professional outfit?

As seen in Knoxville Style Magazine, April-May 2018

Using and mixing patterns is an art anyone can master, and guarantees a stylish touch. The key is how to pull it off looking like Beauty rather than the Beast!


When using patterns in a professional atmosphere, less is more. Start small with a simple piece like a patterned scarf; vintage stores are a great place to find interesting and inexpensive options. Or, try wearing a patterned blouse under a solid jacket or cardigan.

 As you grow more confident, combine patterned pieces that follow the same color palette (choose one piece with a variety of colors, and use it to match other items that may have two to three of the same shades). Stick with muted tones rather than vivid to remain work appropriate. Vary the size and design of the motif, such as a large floral alongside a smaller scale floral or polka dot.

 While in the workplace, avoid busy designs on larger, core items of clothing such as suits, pants, or full skirts. Choose the proportion of the pattern based upon your body type and avoid using patterns near areas you would like to de-emphasize. The reverse goes for areas you’d like to bring attention to, such as your pretty face!

Patterns can become a part of your signature style. Do you love stripes? Plaids? Make them your own!

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