I was frantically browsing online for some sweater options, which I found quite happily in solid shades. As I clicked back and forth, I came across the same ideal cardigan in a busy and colorful animal print. I paused, peering, debating whether I should purchase this item, which was on sale to boot.
As we like to complain, models are usually ridiculously skinny, merely a breathing hanger. Oddly enough, however, the woman posing in the sweater did not seem so svelte.
Babi hated patterns. Always did. With a vehement, fierce passion. Permit me to clarify that Babi was not staid in her fashion tastes; whenever I visited, I carefully donned the newest, funkiest, brightest item in my wardrobe. Leather jacket? Denim skirt? Furry moccasins? All were graciously welcomed under Babi's roof.
Ergo, if she loathed a busy design on a garment, she must have had her Hungarian reasons. Most patterns (perhaps excepting the pinstripe) makes various parts of the anatomy expand visually. Even solid white is a better choice.
If, for instance, someone is er, pear-shaped, while an a-line or full skirt is a great choice, it isn't in a boisterous floral pattern across the derriere.
If one is top-heavy, cheerful graphic prints are a no-no.
|Unless it's gingham. Gingham can do no wrong.|
Additionally, unless chosen with careful classical consideration, many patterns look dated very quickly.
|I repeat, gingham can do no wrong.|
For responsible pattern selection:
1) Know thy shape, be it apple, pear, or whatever fruit comes to mind. Wherever weight goes, that area must be swathed in solids. Wherever one is bulk-free can have a touch—a touch—of busyness.
2) Vertical stripes is usually a safe pattern, since it elongates and narrows visually.
3) Classic patterns like houndstooth and pepita are pretty safe as well.
|Maybe this a bit too much houndstooth.|