Patterns! Patterns! Patterns!

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PatternsSummertime is all about having fun and being bold, which is why it only made sense to make patterns the must have for July fashions.  It doesn’t matter if it’s on leggings, a dress, a skirt, a top, or even some eye-catching wedges, everyone can use some fashionable patterns in their closet.  Personally, I love patterns and they have taken over just enough of my wardrobe for me to feel like I’m making the most of my summer fashion choices.  As you know, I already own a few pairs of patterned leggings from simple black and white stripes all the way to funky 90s inspired abstract, but I’ve started to branch out my love for patterns into dresses (particularly a coral Keith Herring-esque style), tops (leopard print, floral, polka dots, and the list goes on), and even shoes.

Now, I will say that when dealing with prints it is too easy to overwhelm your whole look and turn your beautiful designs into an eye-sore of a hot mess, which is why you need to maintain some reservations.  My advice is to stick to one pattern at a time.  There are some people who can pull off different prints at once, but I don’t feel comfortable going that far.  If you want to keep your outfit from being too boring, then pick a bright color from the patterned piece you’re wearing and accentuate that in the rest of your look.  This will help you get that head turning style (in a good way) without getting lost in your patterns.  Trust me, patterns are a wonderful adventure and I encourage you all to try it out this summer!

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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