How to play down a pattern

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 As most of you know, I am usually most comfortable in neutrals & solids rather than prints.  Unless of course, the print is stripes or leopard footwear.  Once in a while, though, a piece catches my eye that is outside of my comfort zone.  Like this leopard skirt…I couldn’t pass it up.  Pictures do not do it justice.  The fabric is gorgeous and it looks so luxurious and classic in person.

  With all of this in mind, today I thought I would share my formula for keeping a statement or patterned piece more in line with a minimal style sense.  It is always good to mix up our wardrobes a little!  And, there certainly is a way to create an understated vibe around a vivid print. 

 Here, my goal was to keep my look from coming off too preppy or glamorous.  Instead, I wanted to stick with a simple, effortless…sort of minimalist styling approach.  I wanted to play down the pattern by pairing it with everything else easy & un-fussy.  I opted for a tote rather than a smaller more structured bag.  A casual hair style, ballet flats rather than heels, and the simplest of tops…the beloved white tee!  Also, rather than my typical smokey eyes and nude lips…or a bright glam lip with minimal eyes, I opted for a no make- up make- up look with a subtle…lived in lip stain.  For the lips, I used my finger to add a bit of color and rubbed it in for an every so slight tint.  All of these details kept the outfit simple and allowed me to work in a leopard print skirt without veering too far from my signature style.

 I love experimenting with style.  A stylist is an artist, and true artists take risks…they create, they open their minds and hearts to possibility…yet they remain true to themselves through it all.

 Is there a piece or a look you’ve been dying to try, but are unsure of how to make it your own?  Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to play around with some ideas and see where it takes you.

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