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Weekly Pull: Clover Cray For Fall 2014

cctop Stylehaus just received our first shipment of Clover Canyon’s Crazy Creative Fall 2014 Collection and we may faint in ecstasy. Check out these 3 Clover Canyon ensembles and prepare to get fabulously fresh for Fall 2014.

1. Paradise FoundIMG_9089

Lana Del Rey isn’t the only fan of exotic embellishments! Brash and buoyant tiger lily embellishments and high contrast pop prints are pushing into Fall. Designers like Duro Olowu, Carven, Dior, and Dries Van Noten sent out models wearing patterns straight out of the Amazon. These natural accents are a far cry from your mother’s pastel floral. For Fall, it’s all about BIG and BOLD- with high contrast, meticulously jagged lines, and ultra saturated colors. You could just work one major pattern, but why not go for a full on head to toe homage to the soon to be dear departed rainforests?

We love this Clover Canyon James Joyce Neoprene Top & Skirt Set.

2. Haute Highlander

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90’s are back back and beyond back so obviously we’re brining back Clueless era plaid. Celebs like Selena Gomez and Katy Perry have been recently sited sporting the perfect plaid ensemble.

We paired these Clover Canyon tartan menswear pants with a black velvet Lauren Stucky tank top and Safi Miran handbag for an amazingly polished take on the haute highlander look.

3. The Psychedelic Girl Next Door

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The psychedelic patterns Clover Canyon is known for manage to be both crisp and complex, with heavily saturated colors accenting geometric patterns and lean, languid swirls.

Fall 2014’s Donegal Neoprene Top is an ideal example of innovation on another plane, particularly paired with Genetic Denim Lost Boy Shorts and Sparkly Ebony Supra Kicks. 

10 Secrets Of A Master Pattern Mixer

Pattern mixing commandments to look sleek, not schizophrenic.

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1. Match fabric when mixing patterns

Solange

Solange

You’ll catch me in crazy pattern combinations, but upon close inspection you’ll notice that the fabrics match. Whether I’m matching or even clashing prints, I make sure they’re of the same material, like only silk or only cotton. Matching fabrics give your outfit a sense of continuity and keeps the silhouette consistent.

2. Pair a small pattern and a big pattern

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via boomerinas.com

Tiny patterns piled on top of each other look busy and give onlookers a headache. Two or more large patterns seem clownish and overwhelming. One small pattern and one large pattern strikes the perfect balance between bold and ‘bleh’.

3. Find One Common Color

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To make the outfit cohesive, no matter how mismatched the patterns, there should be at least one common color present in every aspect of your outfit. Start off with matching neutrals, like navy, then graduate to pairing primary shades such as ruby or aubergine.

4. Ground Your Outfit With A Solid

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Sometimes the defining difference between a tasteful mix of patterns and ‘Ugly Betty’ is a grounding solid. With every 2 patterns mixed, make sure there’s at least one solid colored item in your common color or a neutral.

5. Start With Stripes

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via avantgardedesign

If you’re a pattern mixing novice, stripes are the easiest pattern to mix and a fabulous place to start. Just grab a classic navy and white striped shirt and pair with any pattern that includes white. Pattern mixing for dummies!

6. Choose Contrasting Colors

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via Harper’s Bazaar

Two strong mixing prints will give you patterns purpose. If you combine similar colors, such as red toile on white with red and white paisley, your look will seem muddled and accidental. People should be able to tell that you’re mixing patterns. Leave no room the assumption that your pairings are accidental.

7. Learn To Love Leopard

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Leopard can horrifying or spectacular, depending on how you use the notorious pattern. For newbies to the pattern mixing game, leopard is the natural successor to stripes. Leopard’s rich legacy has made the ferocious print a practically neutral pattern.

8. Avoid Matching AND Mixing

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via patternpeople

If you’re mixing patterns, you should under no circumstance be matching patterns. It’s just a terrible, awful, no good idea. You’ll end up looking like a ratchet Sunday school teacher.

9. Neutrals Are Necessary 

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via makemechic.com

Every outfit must include a strong strain of neutral. Patterns, in particular, should include at least one neutral shade to contrast with the bright colors. Never underestimate the necessity of neutrals.

10. Accessorize Wisely

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via The New York Times

Too many embellishments will make you look schizophrenic, but without finishing touches your outfit will seem haphazard. As I mentioned earlier, grounding is important when mixing patterns: you want strong, steady statement pieces. So when the times come to accessorize a mix of prints, go for bold pieces of substance in a solid color like a wide cuff, broad belt, metallic statement necklace, or heavy pendant. Delicate jewelry is a rookie mistake- smaller pieces will only get lost in your ensemble.