February 24, 2010

ask micki: how to mix prints

photo courtesy of Micki Turner

The day I started my first corporate job I had absolutely nothing stylish to wear. I had recently returned from living on the beach in Chile and the only clothes in my closet were sundresses, bathing suits, and flip flops. My mother took one look at my day-one wardrobe options and said, “we need to get you an appointment with Micki as soon as possible.” Micki Turner is a Fashion Consultant, Image Consultant, and Personal Shopper. She also happens to be the mother of one of my best friends. Micki has fantastic style and an incredible knack for understanding how to develop her clients’ wardrobes to fit their different personalities and lifestyles.

After a day of shopping with Micki, I went home with a foundation of wardrobe staples that all work together and have been in my weekly rotation ever since: a timeless gray trench, the perfect black patent leather pumps, figure flattering boyfriend cardigans, wide-leg jeans and cords that transition seamlessly from day to night, and a new sense of my personal style. I learned the value of investing in key pieces and how to accessorize to keep up with current trends. Now when I’m shopping I often ask myself, “what would Micki think about this?”

I decided Micki would be the perfect person to help me with my latest fashion dilemma—how to mix prints. I love this spring trend but it’s not an easy look to pull off. Here’s what Micki had to say about mixing prints:

“We all see outfits using mixed prints and patterns in the stores, magazines and runways and they look so creative and interesting.  Trying this in your own closet or shopping can be disastrous.  You can look like you don’t have a clue how to dress instead of the sophisticated fashionista you are aiming to look like.”

“Here are some tips:

-Try and stay with one designer and season. The colors will be in harmony and work well together.  You will not have to figure it out yourself.

-The pieces need to tie together. The background color on one piece may be the main color on the second piece. Also, look at the lining, stitching, buttons on one piece. This is your guide for color, pattern and other details that will work on the second piece.

-It is easiest if one piece is more patterned than the other piece.

-Fabrics of different weights work well. A knit sweater can have a different print than a silk skirt for example.  When the fabrics are the same weight it can be harder to get it right.   The Dries outfit would be hard to figure out on your own.  Dries got it right.”

For more fashion tips from Micki Turner, become a fan of her Facebook page. Or visit her website for information about her services at www.mickiturner.com

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