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We’ve been exploring the shop again, and we can’t wait to share these fantastic finds! Last week we experimented with bringing florals, plaids, and stripes together in the same outfit. This week we’re taking a look at how mixing bold, bright solids with our favorite patterned fabrics can create even moresummertime outfit options. Ready? Let’s get started!
The fabrics in our first photo are a cheerful bunch, and we’re going to combine them for maximum cheer. Our striped knit will make a perfect Saybrook Tank, which we can wear with a Genevieve Skirt made out of one of the pretty, flowy rayons. We’ll choose the other rayon for a simple and versatile woven top like the Scout Tee. What about the bright red twill? It’s perfect for a jacket or bag to bring our outfit together!
When this neon orange canvas arrived at the shop, we knew it would make an absolutely epic pair of Harlene Dungarees for summertime! We like to keep our options open, so we’ll make up a couple of different shirts that could be styled with our dungarees: a Ruby Top in cotton lawn, and a cropped Kalle Shirt in a stretch poplin.

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One more outfit to go! This one is inspired by the gorgeous ikat fabric at right—we found a blue canvas and a lightweight orange yarn-dyed cotton that coordinate with it so well. We’ll use that orange for a cool Matcha Top. But what about the other two fabrics? You’ve got options! Choose one for a pair of Jenny Shorts and the other for a workwear-inspired jacket like The Ottoline.

What’s our best advice for bringing several different fabrics together? There are no hard and fast rules, but we recommend consulting some principles of design as a starting point:

  • It is helpful for coordinating fabrics to share some common colors. Use texture, pattern, and print to add some visual interest.
  • As you introduce patterned fabrics into your look, keep in mind that patterns of different scale are more visually interesting than patterns of the same scale.
  • If you are adding more than one patterned fabric to your look, experiment with adding different types of patterns to one outfit. For example, try pairing florals with stripes (or florals with plaids, or plaids with stripes) based on these principles.
  • These guidelines are merely suggestions! You may find that some of your favorite fabric combinations break one or more of these rules, and that’s definitely ok. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Once you’ve gathered some coordinating fabrics you really love, it’s time to figure out which garment patterns to use. Perhaps you’re thinking about creating one coordinating outfit, but what if you want to take that concept a bit further? In that case, we recommend creating a capsule wardrobe!
A capsule wardrobe is made up of a few select pieces that can be worn separately or together in various combinations. It’s a great way to build a versatile, functional wardrobe, and it’s perfect for traveling light, since you know that everything in your suitcase will match! If you’re inspired to build your own capsule wardrobe, check out our blog post for our advice. Then, browse our pattern selection for garments that will compliment your personal look and work best for your lifestyle!

We know it can be challenging to match fabrics online, so if you’re planning a project and need some assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re always happy to help with more information about color, scale, or using a specific fabric for a garment pattern. You can send us an email at [email protected] or ask us in person when you visit the shop.