Pattern Trend: What’s Hot and How to Wear It

Runway model wearing patterned outfit

If you love pattern, the style gods are smiling on you! Fashionistas everywhere are wearing prints on prints, and the bolder, the better. Finally, we can throw out the notion of clashing and pair unlikely combos to our hearts’ content. This season, the pattern mentality is definitely “more is more.”

For our more subdued fashionistas, you don’t have to sit this one out. Get in on the pattern trend with a single patterned piece, flanked by solids. Or go matchy-matchy with identical prints from top to bottom, including your accessories.

Ahead, check out some of the hottest prints to wear right now according to Opulent Jewelers. But remember this. The key to making these motifs modern isn’t what you wear — it’s how you wear them!

Styling the Pattern Trend

Plaid

Plaid is always a good idea for fall, but this year, the cozy checks get a bold update when worn mixed and matched with other patterns. If you love living on the edge with fashion, go ahead and layer busy prints and bright colors to your heart’s content. 

Woman wearing plaid patterned dress

If you’d rather dip your toe in this trend, try wearing buffalo checks on top and black and stripes on bottom (or vice versa) for a clean look that’s still super modern. Or, switch it up by wearing this typically casual style on something a little dressier.

Glen Plaid

Glen plaid coat

Think of glen plaid as plaid’s more sophisticated, older cousin. This pattern is made with thinner lines that create subtler checks, making it easy to incorporate into other looks. Glen plaid is polished enough to be worn to the office, but can be jazzed up with other prints and accessories — a true wardrobe staple!

Animal

Cheetah, leopard, zebra…there’s no better way to show off your wild side than with a pop of animal print! This is another one that can be worn with other patterns, or by itself. First-time wearers may want to try one piece at a time (think: leopard print shoes or purse, snakeskin print blouse, etc.). Once you’re comfortable, try wearing the same motif on top and bottom for a bold, on-trend look.

Still a little gun shy? Try channeling your inner beast with a fierce piece of bling!

Pinstripe

Woman wearing pinstripe jacket

Pinstripes aren’t just for business suits this year — they’re also running down the sides of denim! The sporty stripe looks great when paired with uber feminine accessories, like a floaty top or delicate shiny baubles, for some interesting contrast.

Camouflage

Green lovers, rejoice! Camouflage print is having its moment. This classic print adds a little edge to any outfit, whether worn on a hat, bag, jacket, or skinny cargos. Plus, it’s adorable when combined with a chambray shirt or your favorite denim.

Color Blocking

Color blocking never really goes out of style, but this year, ultra bright hues are stepping to the forefront. Experiment with everything from rich primaries to eye-catching neons.

If donning wild shades isn’t your thing and you’re more of a neutral kind of gal, try channeling your inner rainbow through colored gems or mixed metal jewelry.

How are you getting in on the pattern trend this season?

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