Calgary Fashion Jobs – Back to Basics

The New Year is an opportunity to reinvent your personal style, so why not welcome 2013 by standing out from the crowd? When I feel inspired to experiment with new looks, I reset by going back to the basics. Black and white is a timeless combination. Whether you’re dressed up for a night out or casually chic, the outfit will always keep you looking sharp. My favourite way to wear classic pieces is to add some edge, and blacks and whites are the perfect neutrals to mix with. With all the trendy patterns out right now, such as Aztec prints, bold stripes and classic polka dots, the options are endless! Mixing patterns can be a bit intimidating at first, but with a few simple rules you can gain many new outfits from your closet and beginning with a black and white palette is the best way to start:

(1) The first and most important step when creating your ensemble is having a starting point. Choose a piece you want to build off of, for example, a pair of floral trousers or a polka dot blouse.

(2) Rule number two is exactly that! Do not mix more than two prints together, three or more combinations will be too much and look sloppy.

(3) Accessorize accordingly to bring the outfit together by adding some jewels or a cool clutch paired with some pumps!

The world is your red carpet, so be bold and walk it with confidence from head to toe! Which prints are you excited to mix first?

1. Style Inspiration: Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2013, image courtesy of
2. Style Inspiration: Olivia Palermo at the Montblanc Private Party, image courtesy of fashionscanner.onsugar
3. BCBGMAXAZRIA Simone Ikat Power Skirt, $178
4. H&M Blouse $30 and Trousers $50
5. Joe Fresh Optic Print Silk Shirt, $49
6. Elizabeth & James Stella Loafer Pumps, $358, available at shopbop

By: Michelle Morton, Vancouver

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