Luxemi guide: How to wear clashing prints

 

Sonam Kapoor wears clashing prints by Rohit Bal at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

Sonam Kapoor for Rohit Bal at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

While your closet may boast an overdose of statement prints, it’s no longer enough to grab eyeballs and move to the top of fashion charts. So what’s guaranteed to get you noticed? Pairing clashing prints together. We’ve been crushing on this fashion forward style for a few seasons now, which is a great way to inject some spunk to your Indian wear.

Jyotsna Tiwari lehenga at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

This Jyotsna Tiwari lehenga mixes two kinds of florals

We love teaming a sari or lehenga with a contrasting print blouse. Throwing on a clashing dupatta over that salwar or lehenga gets our vote too. Go a step further and opt for accessories, especially clutches in prints that will stand out.

Sari with clashing print blouse by Aarti Vijay Gupta LFW SR '13

Aarti Vijay Gupta shows you how to work a sari with a clashing print blouse at her Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’13 show

But the trend is not for the fashionably faint-hearted and can be tricky to say the least. So to help you get it right, we roped in Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013’sGen-Next designers to dish out the ultimate tips.

Aimen Agha & Armaan Randhawa:

  •   “Mix black and white Madhubani hand prints with colorful bandhej for a stunning look.
  •  Kalamkari intricate paisley prints mixed with geometric stripes, checks and Aztec prints of similar tones look gorgeous together.
  • Never use big polka dots or bold big motifs with intricate smaller prints.
  • Don’t mix different base fabrics like silks with cottons. Together they don’t give a smooth look.”               

 Rixi Bhatia & Jayesh Sachdeva:

  • “Mix prints, but always offset it with solid colored tones. The prints should work well together in terms of a story. Different kinds of floral prints go together and geometric works with abstract.
  • Keep the accessories subtle and minimal. Your prints are the key element and too many accessories will clash with it, leading to a messy look.
  • Don’t buy a garment just because you like the print. The silhouette is equally important.
  • Don’t match your clothes and accessories with the same print. Wear printed accessories with solid colour outfits and vice-versa.”

Aditi Holani:

  • “Don’t be afraid to combine an eccentric mix of prints from different families like floral, abstract and stripes.
  • If the print is elaborate, use subtle colors. Keep the prints simpler with loud neon colors.
  • Don’t combine two big prints, it looks very busy.”
Blake Lively wearing stripes and florals together in an episode for Gossip Girl

Aditi Holani advises mixing prints from different families. Blake Lively owns the look in a Gossip Girl episode.

 Nitin Chawla:

  • Mix prints of same color family (for e.g. grey and black, yellow and orange) and combine patterns of different densities and sizes. While one can become the focus point, the other can complement it.
  • Balance and scale is the key. Small prints are a better option for those who are petite. Whereas for larger body frames, both small and big prints work well.
  • Mixing too many prints at the same time is a no-no. Not more than two prints should be mixed at one time.”

Pronoy Kapoor:

  • “Pair geometric and abstract prints together. For this, one must choose neutral and earthy tones. Add a hint of glitter for a festive vibe.
  • Since neon colors are in, one could mix traditional prints available in these hues. Also try and throw in some solid block colors for the perfect look.”

So go on, embrace this trend and work it at your next traditional do. With Luxemi’s fail proof guide, this one is bound to be a breeze!

By Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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