Are you ready to step outside your fashion comfort this season? The easiest way to do it is with prints and patterns! From animal print to houndstooth, style expert, Natalie Sexton shares the trendiest patterns to look out for this fall, plus she gives us a lesson on how to style them. Shop the looks below.
Houndstooth squares are traditionally done in black and white, but we are seeing the pattern in a variety of colours and scales this year. The print has a preppy vibe to it, and always adds an instant element of luxe to your outfit. This pattern is perfect to add a little fun to a minimalist’s wardrobe. We love this chic cropped jacket and mini skirt together, plus the black and white combo makes it easy to mix with not only neutrals but also fun pops of colour.
SHOP: Daphne Mini Houndstooth Skirt; $49.95 at Dynamite | Cropped Houndstooth Blazer; $89.95 at Dynamite | Estelle Soft Turtleneck Top; $36.95 at Dynamite | Double Breasted Coat; $159.95 at Dynamite | Marcella Ankle Boot; $140 at Aldo
One of the simplest ways to mix patterns is to layer prints with two different scales. Pairing a small-scale print with a large-scale pattern allows the smaller scale to work as a neutral. Make sure there is one shared colour between the two patterns for a cohesive feel. Keep the outfit balanced by breaking up the patterns with some solid pieces like this simple turtleneck from Charlie B. The easiest way to try this trend without going overboard is to pair a patterned clothing item with a printed accessory.
SHOP: Agata Long Length Vegan Wool Coat; $244 at Noize | Funnel Neck Sweater; $99 at Charlie B | Plaid Pull-On Pants; $114 at Charlie B | Zoey Heeled Loafer; $189.95 at Ketch | Bag; $39.99 available in-store at Winners
Anything animal-inspired manages to rotate in and out of fashion every few seasons. From outwear to handbags, leopard print is everywhere this season. The classic brown, black and cream colour combination is really easy to pair with other pieces in our closets. Choose feminine shapes like a classic A-line skirt or a simple blouse.