Since today is Memorial Day here in the U.S., I’m taking a little Makeover Monday holiday, but I wanted give you at least a little inspiration! Here’s a sampling of my favorite trends (which may find their way into future makeovers), including ombre, color-blocking, and print mixing. I hope they’ll inspire you too!
Ombre: This is a trend that’s still going strong, which means that we’re seeing more and more creative interpretations. What if I…
… created an ombre effect by adding sequins?
Color-blocking. As you know from some of my recent posts (like last week’s Thrift-Shop Thursday and its follow-up), color-blocking is one of my favorite trends, in terms of working it into my projects and wardrobe. But color-blocking doesn’t have to mean large chunks of contrasting colors. What if I…
…used my boldest color to line a lace or cutwork garment?
Print mixing. This trend provides a wonderful opportunity to be creative, but it can also be one of the trickiest to get right. Here are my own guidelines:
1. Start with fabrics that all have at least one color in common. This should ensure a sense of cohesion, rather than clashing.
2. Aim for a grouping with a range of scale. In other words, if one of your garments has a tiny floral print, mix it with another one that’s larger in scale.
3. 2 main printed pieces are usually enough. If you really want more than 2, make the additional ones accessories. For example, if you’re wearing a flowered blouse with a glen-plaid skirt, you could add a pair of subtly-striped shoes, or even a polka-dot umbrella!
A melange of textures is an interesting way to explore this trend. What if I…
…created an ensemble in shades of one color, all in different textures?
And there’s a little peek into my thought process, and yes, it does amount to simply asking, “What if…?” Try it, and see what you come up with!
Tip: In addition to Style.com (where the photos in this post will take you), another favorite source of inspiration for me is Anthropologie; there’s so much creative artistry in everything they do! And if you’re lucky enough to live near one of their stores, visit them! They’re known for their amazing window and in-store displays, which alone are worth the trip. (And P.S. I don’t get anything out of promoting these sites— I just really like them!)
Happy Memorial Day, everyone!