How I styled the same skirt differently for these four celebrities, and why.
1. Emma Stone
Emma has warm, clear colouring with medium depth, and suits the green of the peacock print very well. It also suits her eye colouring. I have teamed her skirt with a warm, bright camel/tan top to balance the warmth in her hair.
2. Zooey Deschanel
Zooey has cool, clear, deep colouring, and needs the coolest, clearest colours from the peacock print to shine. As black is a cool, deep, clear colour, it suits her beautifully, too.
3. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth's colouring is warm, light and soft, and the peacock skirt is a bit overwhelming on her. She does, however, have some colour contrast, and can get away with it if she wears soft, warm colours near her face. The nude/gold shoes match her hair and completes her look.
4. Amanda Seyfried
Amanda's cool and light colouring means pastel blue suits her skin very well, and it also matches her eyes. She will look better with silver jewellery than gold.
HOW TO MIX PRINTS PART 3
Rule#3 adds on to Rule#1, which call for at least one common colour.
Apart from the common colour, there should be at least one other design element that link the two garments, This can be a colour, a shape, fabric type, a style personality, an era or a print element or theme.
In the example above, the main linking colours are black, red and yellow, but there are also a few common design elements: the man's red hat and fluffy yellow hair is reflected by the red in the skirt and the yellow feather fringing, as well as in the strawberry and banana combo in the shoes. The fluffy tassel earrings take this element further, and of course, the "avant garde" style personality rounds it all off.
In this example, here are only two common colours: the pink and rusty brown of the roses, but the roses themselves serve as a linking theme. This rose theme is repeated in the shoes, and the shapes of both the rings and the bag. The other linking element is the era: all the items in this set have a 70s retro feeling, from the rusty brown colour to the platform shoes and the fringe bag.
In this set, there is only one common colour - orange - but the texture and sheen and drape of the silk fabrics link the two items. The scale of print is similar, and help to enhance the harmony. There is also a "jewel-like" element to both the colours and the fabric, which is repeated in the accessories.
HOW TO MIX PRINTS PART 2
In this series, we are looking at the rules for mixing print and pattern.
The first rule was to find a common colour (or two or three!) in both garments.
Now for rule #2
Rule 2: Don't lose the Hero
Remember the song by Tina Turner, that went: "We don't need another hero"?
Well, in an outfit, it often becomes confusing if we have more than one "hero".
Your "hero" is a special, eye-catching garment that becomes the focus of the outfit.
If two heroes are vying for our attention, the outfit becomes "noisy" instead of a symphony of colour and shape. This can easily happen when we are mixing prints. Don't lose your hero!
In this outfit, the skirt is definitely the hero, whilst the striped blouse makes for an excellent supporting cast. The shoes, bag and accessories are the "extras" that provide context for the story.
HOW TO MIX PRINTS PART 1
Mixing prints can look amazing if done right. Ever tried to do this and given up?
Here are the rules (bearing in mind that rules are made to be broken!).
Rule 1: Match at least one colour
In the example above, I have matched the blue in the top and skirt.
The rule says to match at least one colour, but I like to match two, or even three, for a really eye-catching outfit.
Note that the handbag has the cobalt blue of the top and skirt, but also the blush pink and white, which ties the whole outfit together very well.
TIP: florals and stripes almost always make for a good yin-yang match
One of the strongest trends in fashion right now, is the colour pink.
Choose your shade, whether it be warm or cool, light or dark, bright or muted, and wear it from head to toe!
Warm Zesty Pink
Soft (muted) pink: how romantique!
Dark fuchsia: not for the faint-hearted
If you have attended one of my Capsule Wardrobe Workshops, you will have learnt that you can base a Capsule around a Top, a Bottom or a Scarf, provided that the item contains at least three of your best colours. Here's a capsule based on a handbag!