How to combine and wear splashes and ribbons in an outfit

Can you wear stains and stripes together? Well you can.

Here is what I have observed and learned the nice way some modern designers have put their dotted and striped garments together. Black and white is the easiest color combination to work with. It is elegant and fits most women.

I have summed it up so that you, a modern Baby Boomer woman, can carry them together and look Wow.

Basic rule 1 – Black and white is easier to do than any other color combination.

Rule 2 – Spotted skirt, dominant matching color in middle, striped top

Basic rule 3 – Small to medium-sized spots and stripes are more slimming than larger

EASY WAY – When the designer puts these two together, the lower half is predominantly the dotted skirt. Spots are more slimming than stripes and that's why designers do this. In a Westfield Trend Report catalog, I noticed a model that had a spotted skirt with a white blazer and a striped top. A white blazer was chosen because her skirt had more white than black in it, because the spots were small and in an irregular pattern. Her simple top had as many black and white narrow stripes. The secret is to only see a small part of the stripes so that the combinations are in unequal proportions. With no matching color in between, stains and stripes together may look clownish. To keep it modern, add some color to your accessories. Colored shoes or colored bracelets work well. To look super stylish I would add matching colored shoes and bracelets and black and white earrings or black and white earrings and bracelets and colored shoes of your choice. Do not add a necklace because you will lose the effect of the black and white top.

If your spotted skirt has more black than white in it and you have dark hair, wear black as center color. I once had a black cardigan that has a small amount of black and white stripes in a round neck. This had the same effect over a dominant black skirt with small white spots like the white blazer and striped above mentioned.

Tighter road – In the same catalog was a model that had a skirt with a diamond pattern that looked like spots from a distance. These graduated concentration of color from a more white background at home to a more black background near her waist. The dress had a waistband black waist that matched the dominant black color at the waist. A black belt would do the same job. Her striped top graduated from wider to less colored stripes at the neck. The pleated neck broke up the stripes in an interesting pattern. She was accessorised with a black and white handbag in block color. This is a harder look to find and pull. The easiest way to do this is to buy the overall outfit or create a picture as your guide.