Rule #1: Trust your Eye Sometimes a pattern that is quite loud can be fabulous if it has a certain “swirl” or “movement” to it. Try everything that appeals to you, but check it out in a mirror to make sure it works. Look for sophisticated prints with depth and richness. Avoid overly simple prints that call look juvenile or wall-paperish.
Rule #2: Horizontals must be treated carefully. Look for micro stripes and medium to medium tones that can add a texture to a fabric. Keep a horizontal stripe to an accent. Look for dynamic striping instead, vertical, asymmetrical, diagonal, color blocked.
Rule #3: Find the scale that works for you. If you are tall, you can go with large scale prints that would overwhelm a shorter woman. Mix a large scale print with a solid for a bold statement.
Rule #4: Explore. Try non-patterns that work as patterns, such as the newest tie dyes. And two patterns that work perfectly together are wonderful. Again, trust your eye!
Rule #5: Accessorize with pattern. Even if you always wear black, add drama with bold patterns in scarves, purses, tote bags, even your water bottle.