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How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport
How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

Mix a bold striped tee with a bold shoe and some $9 Emerson Jeans

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I remember when growing up learning about a whole load of rules, such as “blue and green should never be seen” and “don’t mix prints”, but I have found during my time as an image consultant and stylist that these rules are made to be broken. Many of my clients are scared of trying the latest fashion trends as they ‘re not sure how to work them. Here I’ll be showing you some ways to style checks, stripes, bold colours and mix patterns so that you can feel empowered to try these trends on yourself.

How to Mix Colours

How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

The Big W Emerson range of clothing has a heaps of gorgeous bright colours in store and I’m going to use their range to show you how easy it is to mix colours. So many people only ever wear color with a neutral, and never more than one bright color at the same time. But I’m going to show you how to break the rules.

Here I’ve mixed a blue and green t-shirt back with a navy jacket. The blue and green are found in the peacock earrings.

How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

 

The concept to remember is to mix colours with like properties.

  • Warm with Warm
  • Cool with Cool
  • Bright with Bright
  • Muted with Muted
Go monochromatic – that means shades of the same kind of color (blues together, greens together etc.) here I’ve mixed a darker raspberry pink with a hot pink.
How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

Darker and lighter shades of the same color is an easy way to mix colours without feeling too obvious

Want to wear the fabulous coloured jeans trend but feel a little unsure?

How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

or if you are feeling bold, mix a couple of bold colours back with a neutral

 

How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

How to Mix Prints

How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

Pink ponte jacket $25

Not all prints will mix together. The key concepts to remember about mixing prints are:

  1. To ensure that both prints have colours in common – here I’m mixing navy, white and hot pink. and by the way, my skirt was sold as a boob tube top, but for me it works as a skirt. Don’t be scared to re-purpose clothing items and make them work for you.
How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W
2. Ideally, the prints should not be exactly the same in density. One print dense, the other sparse, makes for a more visually pleasing appearance and doesn’t make your eyes hurt!
How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W
3. Subtle with bold – here the subtle navy check doesn’t fight with the bolder white and pink striped t-shirt.
How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W
4. Mix stripes with stripes, but they need to be different sized stripes. The stripes going in different directions also helps!

 

How Wear Horizontal Stripes and Look Slim

We all know that horizontal stripes make us look fat now don’t we? But the reality is, that’s not always the case. Here are my tips on how to wear some of the great go-faster stripes available at Emerson Big W, and look taller and slimmer.

How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

1. The narrower the stripe, if your eyes can’t focus on it easily, it will actually start to act like a ‘ladder’ and draw your attention vertically rather than horizontally.

How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

2. Short horizontals don’t add width like wide horizontals, so layer your wider horizontal tops under a jacket or cardigan to make them appear narrower and more slimming.

How to Break The Style Rules – with Emerson Big W

3. Wearing a similar coloured jacket or cardigan to your bottom (skirt or trousers) creates a column of colour, visually elongating your frame. Then if you either wear a nude shoe with a skirt, or tone your shoes to your trousers, you will further lengthen the appearance of your legs.

 

Big W $200 Gift Card Giveaway

Answer me this to win: What 2 pieces would you choose from the Big W Emerson range to show off your pattern mixing or color blocking style? Leave your answer in the comments to be eligible for the $200 Gift Card prize!

Entries close 11 March 2013 – winner notified by email

Open to Australian residents only.

 

What I’m wearing:

Apparel

  • Navy Jacket Ponte $25
  • Pink Jacket Ponte $25
  • Navy Ponte skirt with belt $19
  • Casual Stripe twist neck tee $7
  • Top half placket check shirt $19
  • Ponte Skirt – Raspberry $19
  • Smart stripe ruched sleeve tee $14.98
  • Skinny Jean $9
  • Boob Tube (worn as a skirt) $8
  • Green 3/4 T-Shirt $7.98
  • Navy Cardigan $9.94
  • Cobalt Jeans $18.86
  • Blue T-shirt $6
  • Navy Stripe Top $19

Shoes

  • LDS Micro Heels Nude 18.96
  • LDS Micro Heels Cobalt $18.96
  • Black ballet flats $18.96

Accessories

  • Peacock Earrings $9.87
  • Royal necklace $14.88
  • Silver bracelet $12.96
  • Silver necklace $14.88
  • Silver necklace $12.96

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