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I can't speak for everybody, but I'm so sick of prints.

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Originally Posted by Spike413
I can't speak for everybody, but I'm so sick of prints.
Solid colors seem very fresh right now ... putting all the focus on the beautiful details of how the clothes are constructed and the texture of the fabric.

I really do like some of the Arts & Crafts prints for spring, but that's not where I want to go right now ...

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i like the mixing of prints but i want to see more. it seems a more parisian-eclectic way of dressing so i'll check this back after the Paris shows. but this "trend" has interesting potential.

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Lovely thread Breath!

The pics are very cute, but I wouldn't want to see it translated on the street..... because it's just unsafe to mix so many patterns together....... because seriously, you need to have a good eye to do it well.....

This goes a bit against the minimalism trend..... and if I had to choose, I'd obviously stick to minimalism....

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It is a very 'Asian' inspired trend I feel. There is a 'disregard' for the rules of pattern mixing in Japan, Korea and China. Not so much a disrespect more it seems a lack of knowledge (perhaps also acknowledgment) of the 'rules'. Which in its own way can be invigorating.

But I tend to agree with Susie Bubble "...But as a starting rule, sticking to a similar colour palette with the patterns makes it easier." Build up your confidence.

The number of times I have seen people of all ages mix different plaids, stripes and spots merrily. Sometimes it is fantastic, sometimes horrendous. To each their own.

Me, I'm kind of minimalist with full on pattern (flowers and stripes) occasionally when I want to make a splash. Best bet is to enjoy it and if you arent comfortable minus one pattern until you are, which is how I end up minimalistic.....

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I LOVE mixing prints. the key is finding prints that compliment, like houndstooth/checkers or plaid/skinny stripes, paisley/polka dots. I'm REALLY into the last 2 images from the Herchcovitch!!!

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I like mixing patterns, esp. mixing prints with embroidery. I think the "difficulty" just lies in the fact that most of us don't OWN that many prints that go together in the first place, because we don't usually expand our wardrobes with mixing patterns specifically in mind. It's usually more of a serendipitous thing when it does work.

It's easy if you're designing from scratch. You can then choose complementary fabrics, textures, palettes, patterns.

As long as it doesn't become another 80's plaid-on-plaid-ON-plaid trend.


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