Fashion tips with Haili Z: In Louvre with Paris and patterns
April 17, 2014 at midnight
Updated April 16, 2014 at 11:17 p.m.
By Haili Z A couple of weeks ago, I went to Paris. In the capital of fashion, I was sure to find answers on how to mix patterns. Everyone had their own sense of style around the city of lights. Residents and visitors still looked stylish even though all bundled up with layers upon layers in the 30-degree weather - and to top that off, it was raining the entire time. I curled up on a bus and took a route around the city, which entitled me to a front-row window seat to see the fashion - even if I wasn't on foot, I would find some way to see the street style and the city. As for my wardrobe, I packed thinking I'd be venturing into 60-degree weather. After purchasing pieces from the Peter Pilotto line for Target, I mixed and matched over tights to put the pieces to use. Because the pattern on the shirt and skirt matched, I paired it, and thank goodness for accessories. I had turquoise and white accessories on hand, which brightened the outfit a bit. Compared to the gloomy, rainy and cold weather, the turquoise jewelry completely popped. I toured the Louvre, Seine River, Notre Dame, the Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin du Luxembourg and all of the little spots along the way - all in my mixed-print pattern. If it's comfortable walking around the city, you know it'll be comfortable in the office, for work or on the weekend for events and errands. Mixing patterns and making them your own is completely in at any time. Kate Spade mixes in a lemon pattern this spring in shoes, pants and dresses. A lemon pattern like this can be mixed with a bold plaid. Mixing like this is sophisticated and stylish. You can bring in bold, beautiful, solid colors when you feel mixing too many patterns is just not for you. Try mixing in a bold pink, bright yellow or emerald green. These pair perfectly with patterns whether in a skirt, shirt or a pair of pants. Now, try playing with your own wardrobe and seeing what patterns you can mix and match. Contact me if you need any help doing so. Pair your own patterns or patterns with a bold color when in Paris - I know it's "When in Rome," but it just sounds better with Paris. Don't you think? Haili Pue is the president of All Ze Details. Visit her website at allzedetails.com.