As we all know, over the last year or so we haven’t really had the chance to wear all of our nicest clothes and there are so many new and upcoming trends that we need to try. Something that has been building for a few months now is pattern clashing, a trend which involves wearing a combination of stripes, leopard print, spot, florals and maybe even some checks all at once. It’s certainly a “more is more” approach, but also totally FG - we think it’s super fun and definitely a trend you should give a go, so we’ve taken the trouble to highlight some of the ways you could start incorporating print clash fabrics in your dressmaking and quilting this summer.
Jenna Lyons once said, “As far as I’m concerned, leopard print is a neutral”. Leopard print has been popular since the 1930s and has since become a huge trend almost every fashion season. Here at Fabrics Galore, we have many different leopard print options, from some classic leopard prints which could go well with blacks or charcoal prints or some colourful ones that could go great with pretty floral prints.
Why not try a pop of colour?
If you’re not quite ready for funky leopard prints with florals and spots, just adding a pop of colour is a great nod to the print clash trend without going in full-force. Maybe a yellow if you are feeling brave? Or a navy if you aren’t quite there. Across our website we have many different colours to choose from including red, green, blue, yellow and more, so you can be sure to find exactly what you need.
Feel pretty with florals
Maybe the simplest way of thinking about the idea of pattern clashing is to start with a colour and then mix and match the patterns within that. It’s always best to keep the shapes of the outfits simple, leaving the patterns to do the talking. Here at Fabrics Galore, we believe that two pretty florals is always better than one, so why not give these fabrics a go in your next outfit? Florals are usually inspired by nature and will help to complement your look, without overpowering it - a summer trend which is certainly not going away.
Don’t forget spots and stripes
Why stop at florals and leopard print? What about spots and stripes? How cool would a sweatshirt in our scribbly dots organic sweat shirting look, but teamed with a rainbow ribbing on the cuff? Cool, right? The great thing about these patterns is how versatile they are. We think wearing spots and stripes means you truly mean business and they work super well in a work environment but can also be dressed up if you are going out for drinks as they are elegant and chic prints.
Go giddy for gingham
I’m sure you know how much we love gingham, we’ve written a whole post about it before! Why not incorporate this timeless classic into the print clash trend? As why on earth would you only wear it in one colour? Get all the colours of the rainbow! Just take a look at our gingham dressmaking collection; the variety of colours is magnificent and we were thinking of the Sewing Bee’s Buffet Dress. Those layers are incredible.... sounds pretty good to us.
Is a pattern clash outfit too daunting?
If the idea of wearing a pattern clash seems a wee bit daunting, why not think about it for your next quilting project? Quilting is known to be a fun and practical way to pass time, as you can be as creative as you like. We have an extensive quilting collection consisting of so many designs and minimalistic prints, so you will not be disappointed by a lack of selection. If you are unsure, a great place to start is to think of stripes as a neutral especially when teamed with a novelty print or a leopard print. Alexander Henry’s La Paloma in tea really comes alive when teamed with our bright red ticking as a backing. And even better the back is just as pretty as the front.
About Fabrics Galore
Here at Fabrics Galore, we love bringing you our wide collection of fabrics which can be used to incorporate so many different trends, so make sure you give print clash fabrics a go – and post the results on our social pages! If you have any questions about our products, you can telephone us on 020 7738 9589, where our team would be more than happy to help you prior to your purchase.