Partnering With Patterns

 

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I LOVE pattern. From the iconic houndstooth to the trendy Ikat patterns are my thing. It took me a while to master the whole pattern thing, I experimented with printed skirts and solid tops or solid skirts and printed tops. I then ventured into the clashing of colors; for example, a red sweater with a pink patterned skirt or a yellow cowl neck and green jeans (yes I actually wore it and looked like a giant booger). I finally found the key to success of print mixing when I bought an incredibly tight (I waddle when I wear it) black and white checkered midi skirt from forever 21. When I first bought it my initial thought was to pair it with a black turtle neck. When trying that on I felt way to simple. Yes the skirt was much but the top of me was so bland. I experimented and came up with the idea that if it doesn’t go, it goes. I now refer to the midi as a staple of my closet. From school to work to the met to any given event you can spot me proudly wearing this skirt. There is one issue: it’s not black, so when you wear it for a week in a row it becomes very apparent to those around you, suggesting that you don’t wash your clothes. I feel like it would be fine for people to think I don’t wash my clothes if I was a hippy and wanted to save the environment but I am unfortunately or fortunately a meat loving paper goods using gal so the I don’t shower/ wash my clothes thing Definitely doesn’t work. Back to me mixing patterns, I started to experiment with every patterned bottom I owned with every patterned top I owned until I officially created every possible combination in my closet. I loved the way it looked, checkered pants with concert t’s, floral skirts with striped shirts, it was all so fascinating to me, so much color, so much madness, all coming together to create what I thought was a piece of art. I asked two of my best friends to model some of my favorite patterns so I can capture the living artwork. In the first story Sara (sue) Schochet, wears tie died pants (curtesy of my sister Maddie) from forever 21, a striped shirt from The Gap, a striped sweater from Asos, Doc Martens, and Socks from J-Crew. Jessie Levart wears a button down from J-Crew, a dress from Asos, a Necklace from a random store out in Long Island (I don’t know he designer or the name), socks from J-crew and wedges from target. In the second story Sue is wearing a Romeo and Juliet skirt (curtesy of my sister Simmi) a button down from H&M, a short sleeved sweater from Madewell, socks from J-crew, and wedges from target. Jessie wears a dress from Asos, a striped shirt from Madewell, a sweater by Halogen, a cardigan by BCBG, tights by DKNY, and Doc Martens.

-Lily

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