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Styling Tip: Add More Colours and Prints to Your Looks

Take into account colour complements to pair brighter shades together, and then start small by adding a few accessories into your everyday look.

Feb 23, 2022 | By LUXUO
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Are you someone who has an abundance of black or neutral clothing in your wardrobe? Why not embrace the spring fashion trends of 2022 to include more prints, patterns, and bright shades into your looks. Take into account colour complements to pair brighter shades together, and then start small by adding a few accessories into your everyday look. Soon, you’ll be adding splashes of colour and prints to your outfit and wondering why you didn’t start doing this earlier.

Find Color Complements

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Having a solid understanding of what colours go well together can make or break your outfit. Colours and their theories are vital, so it’s important to understand colour theory. The colour wheel, which was invented by Sir Isaac Newton in the 18th century, represents the relationship among colours. Complementary colours (violet and yellow, red and green, and blue and orange) work best when put together. Colour matching these complementary colours together can enhance your outfit.

Pair Bright Shades With Different Patterns and Prints

Adding a bold pattern or print is one of the easiest ways to show you’ve put a lot of thought into your outfit. Patterns include repeated designs that are either woven into the fabric or printed, while prints are patterns applied to the top of the fabric via various methods including screen or digital printing. Consider the following prints and patterns:

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  • Geometric designs: These feature shapes such as squares, triangles, and trapezoids. Houndstooth is an example of repeating geometric designs in two colours.
  • Gingham: This design is made from dyed cotton yarn woven into a checkered pattern, usually consisting of white and another colour.
  • Herringbone: Typically found on twill, herringbone has a V-shape weave with a repeating pattern that looks like a fish skeleton.
  • Paisley: A Persian pattern that features a teardrop design, paisley is usually found on silk items such as scarves and ties.

While conventional wisdom claims that you can’t mix patterns, some of the most stylish dressers mix them regularly. Mixing patterns is an excellent way to show confidence as well as add a fun aspect to your outfit. One of the best ways to mix these patterns is to layer them with different scales, so pair a small-scale one with a larger-scale pattern.


If the thought of throwing a bunch of colours and prints into your looks makes you apprehensive, you can start small with a subtle piece of clothing. Some of the best accessory options include the following:

  • Bag: While neutral bags go with everything, try a yellow, red, or green bag to liven up your outfit.
  • Hat: Not only are hats fun to wear, but you can also use them to add colour.
  • Scarf: An inexpensive accessory, scarves give you endless possibilities with block colours, stripes, and patterns.
  • Shoes: While shoes might not necessarily be an accessory since you need to wear them, they’re perhaps the best way to add colour to a neutral outfit.
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Patterns and prints immediately catch the eye and can brighten up any outfit. Step outside of your comfort zone, and experiment with different designs. By understanding the basis for colour matching, you can utilise various prints and patterns to bring a little pop to your ensemble.

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