We love a look that challenges the norm. However, it's a fine line between a clever combination and a hit and a total mismatch.

Swap Boutique has seen all kinds of colors and patterns in couture consignments, and we know they can be difficult to incorporate. But then again, high risk means high reward. They don't call it a bold look for nothing. If you need a hand putting together looks that have that extra something, check out this blog post.

If you're already comfortable putting together one-of-a-kind outfits, but prints are your Achilles heel, then here are some tips to figure it out:

Start Simple

As you might have realized from trying, putting together prints is an acquired skill. So start small.

Instead of pairing a plaid shirt with herringbone trousers, start with patterned socks and a handkerchief, or houndstooth shoes with a polka dot scarf. So next time you purchase boutique handbags online, don't shy away from prints!

Anchor Patterns with Solids

The key to putting any two things together without making it look hasty is a good solid foundation. In the case of fashion, this would be a solid color. Once you're ready to go big, ensure you have at least one solid color in your ensemble.

If you're doing a printed blazer and patterned designer pants, keep the shirt plain and solid-colored.

Match At Least One Color

The pros might seem to be able to effortlessly throw together colors and prints, but when it doesn't work, it really doesn't work.

When choosing the prints you're combining, make sure there's one common color. Not more than one, though, or you might look like you're in costume.

Wear It with Confidence

If all else fails, which it hopefully won't, the final criteria should be this: do you love what you see? If the answer is yes, then put it on and strut. Fashion is art, and there are no hard and fast rules to art.

While there are guidelines that garment gurus advise laypeople to live by, the fact is that these gurus got to where they are by discarding guidelines. If your final look is bold enough to raise an eyebrow, that doesn't have to be a bad thing.

 Little girl setting trends wearing designer consignments in New Orleans

When you're wearing mass-produced, fast fashion, there's only so much you can do to set yourself apart. But when it comes to couture consignments blending in shouldn't even be on the table. Swap Boutique wants clientele to put together looks that make them stop and stare every time they pass a mirror (in admiration).

If you'd like to start setting trends that consist of vogueish pieces, check out our  luxury consignment online store. In our stores, virtual or physical, we sell pre-loved items that are good as new. Choose affordable designer clothing at our designer boutique in New Orleans, where we stock designer tops, designer pants, and designer shoes.

To find more about our business model, give us a call at (504) 304-6025. 

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