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What’s your pattern personality?

Woman wearing a houndstooth trench coat and black pants

Incorporating patterns into your wardrobe is one way you can easily give an outfit an eye-catching style. You should have at least three different prints in your closet that match looks you’d want to create. The patterns you choose should be based on your personality, but how do you know which ones will fit your character? Here are a few ideas of what personalities go with each print style:


A classic pattern that will give you a refined and polite appearance is the polka dot. Large polka dots on a dress create a very feminine style that’s cute, yet classy. Match Kate Middleton’s regal style with a black and white polka-dot dress and a classy cardigan over the top for work, or go with a more casual look by donning a spotted sweater. Both of these outfit ideas are perfect for the season, too, because they’ll keep you warm while still being fashionable.

If you’re looking for another workwear option, try a simple polka-dot blouse. Choose one with a Peter Pan collar to really enhance the ladylike impression. Not a fan of this collar style? Then go with something more traditional like a button-up.

woman wearing a dot top


Are you tired of playing it safe? Then try a style that will give you an avant-garde vibe, like a houndstooth pattern. This print is full of sharp angles that are reminiscent of a hound’s tooth, which will have you turning heads as you walk down the street. You can wear this in a large print for a workwear blouse, or go bold by finding a coat that sports the pattern.

Going along with the animalistic idea, you can also incorporate leopard print into your wardrobe for that edgy appearance. You can easily include this in an outfit with a flashy shirt, or if you want something more subtle for work, try an animal print scarf. If you’re feeling really daring, you could even don a leopard print blazer.

Rockstar Trench Coat


If you’re a pretty laid-back person, then the boho style is for you. Choose patterns that represent this sort of fashion, like florals. Flower prints are so versatile that you can wear them for nearly any occasion. Depending on the type of flower pictured and the color palette, you could wear this pattern for a night on the town or a day at the office. Get a few different pieces to add to your collection so you can choose a style that works with each event.

For really casual settings, don a more whimsical pattern, like paisley. Try finding a loose-fitting blouse to enhance the relaxed appearance. This elaborate print is great for drawing the eye while creating a fun, carefree look.

Flutterbye Top


For professional settings, you need an outfit that will make you look self-assured, yet stylish. Stripes are a classic pattern that can give you that poised appearance you’ve been wanting. Choose trousers with thin black and white vertical stripes. This will elongate your body and have a slimming effect. Add a black blouse on top to polish off the ensemble. If you want to add a bold pop of color, then choose a vibrant clutch or high heel shoes. With this outfit, you’ll be sure to get everyone’s attention as soon as you walk into a room.

If you’re not sure you want to be quite so bold with your pattern choice by wearing it on your pants, then choose a loose striped top instead. One with a tie around the neck will really give it that professional feel you want.

Button 3/4-Length Sleeve Striped Top

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Published on Nov 22 2015

Last Updated on Oct 04 2018

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