how I wear patterns.

Admittedly, I dressed extremely boring until semi-recently (I'd say I improved within the last year).  Most of my wardrobe consisted of black, navy and gray and I definitely strayed away from patterns.  Fast-forward to now -- I've come to love a good pattern, just in moderation.

t-shirt & belt- TopMan cardigan & jeans - 21Men desert boots- Clarks

t-shirt & belt- TopMan

cardigan & jeans - 21Men

desert boots- Clarks

In my introductory phase of bold patterns, I layered.  If the pattern is super busy, a cardigan or jacket can help tone it down.  It is a good way of dipping your foot in the Pattern Pond without diving in headfirst.

t-shirt, beanie & joggers- TopMan Nike Roshe Run- Zappos

t-shirt, beanie & joggers- TopMan

Nike Roshe Run- Zappos

Ok, so I am prepared for people to not like this outfit but I must admit, I have these pants in 3 different colors.  I don't know, I just love a good draw-string jogger pant.  They're basically pseudo sweatpants that the fashion world has deemed acceptable, so I am going to stick with the trend.

 But before I conclude, I'll leave you with this little nugget of knowledge.  I think of my outfits through the lens of visual interest.  If your shirt is crazy, tone down everything else with neutral colors.  For me, it gives me more freedom to wear louder pieces, because I can couple them with something more subtle.

And with that, consider this your permission to wear loud abstract prints because you feel like it.  

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