No, we aren’t talking about relationships; we’re talking about the match-n-match trend! Wearing the same colour or print from head to toe may sound garish, but Yamini Walia & Sara Shah got a few fashion experts to tell us how to get it right
While some of us are blessed with a natural affinity for mixing and matching prints and colours, the rest of us would rather have a stylist on call to make those incredibly tough decisions for us. But, what if you could pick the same print or style your entire outfit in the same colour? From denim on denim to floral print overdoses, we’ve seen how these can go terribly wrong. However, it’s possible to style this right! We give you the lowdown on this trend.
You definitely need fashion experts to help you style this trend. Here we speak to a few fashion experts who give us some helpful tips.
Varun Bahl, Designer
“This is a chic and effortless look to put together, but the trick is not to overdo it. This summer we saw the rise of abstract and floral prints for women. However, our menswear from the KJ+VB (Karan Johar+Varun Bahl) line has monochrome design and styling where we have worked around one colour dressing and bold prints.”
His Tip You could blend single-print outfits with accessories in solid colours. In monochrome dressing, play around with tints and shades of the colour. The trick is to find a clear differentiation between the pieces one is wearing while maintaining the harmony and balance of the look. It is also important to pick a print that embraces your body type.
Kunal Anil Tanna, Designer
“Overall prints are in vogue this season, not only for western but also Indian outfits. A perfectly balanced print that suits your body type can look very chic.”
n His tip It is a good idea to accessorise your ensemble with neutral coloured or contrasting belt or shoes. This helps break the monotony and enhance
Anika Churiwala of Aneehka
“This is a very modern look as it makes you look slim and taller. It’s easy to wear and the quickest way to look sharp and minimalist is to pick classic or quirky prints, which give off a very young and fun vibe. For a more serious business-like look, stick to single colours, while for fun looks, quirky prints are a great pick.”
Her Tip These single-coloured outfits can easily be teamed up with statement jewellery or bags as they work as a perfect canvas for anything, whether it is a bold necklace, a stylish cuff or even a beautiful clutch. You can also make the look stand out by sporting a completely contrasting pair of footwear. Keep your hair sleek, put on a pair of sunnies and the simplicity of the garments will ooze modern style.
Sakshee Pradhan, Designer
“I feel that this trend is very fresh and young. It’s versatile enough to make you look like a style diva on any occasion — day or night.”
Her Tip When you’re wearing single-colour or single-print outfits, keep your accessories and makeup to a minimum. This is the mantra to pull off the match-n-match trend. You can experiment with your footwear though. Bright and contrasting footwear will add an edge to your look. Also, you can opt for a messy, high bun for a day event and for any evening soiree you can let your hair down or go for a neat pony tail.
Hirika Jagani, Designer
“Separates are one of the most crucial pieces in a woman’s wardrobe today. Sporting print-on-print and same-coloured outfits completely changes your style. At times, wearing a pencil skirt with a shirt tucked in could make your waist look slimmer.”
Her Tip Make same-print separates such as a crop top and skirt look uber stylish with accessories such as a tote bag and a hat.
Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Designers
“Head-to-toe prints are one of the biggest trends this season. Pushing fashion to the limit is not for everyone, but if you eagerly embrace bright colours, big florals and bold graphics, these are guaranteed attention-getters. Inspired by a passion for retro, the energy of the art world and advances in digital printing, this season’s prints and patterns let you celebrate your individuality. Bold prints are most flattering in a silhouette with a relaxed fit. Separates contrast best with black, beige or nude colours, and accessories must take a back seat in order to rock this trend.”
Their Tip One may think picking one print to wear from head to toe and calling it a day is the easiest way to wear this trend. But in fact, single print takes guts, commitment, and knowledge of shapes and proportions. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! The main point to remember here is to pick tailored pieces. A streamlined silhouette reins in the print, allowing you to shine, rather than drown in checkers or florals. If your print is bolder, choose a truncated hemline and pair it with a pair of elegant heels. Another trick to balancing an overall print is by breaking it up with a basic, solid colour. This makes your outfit look more balanced and modern. Basic wide belts, jackets or a classic white shirt are great. Adding basic colours is one of the best strategies to wearing prints subtly.
Anu Jha, Retail Head of Turquoise & Gold
“I think that this is a relatively effortless, yet incredibly chic way to look polished and put together. Sporting the same colour in your entire look is very flattering especially for petite women as it gives an illusion of height. This look is always a stand-out on any occasion.”
Her Tip White on white or pastels, accessorised with gold is a great look for summers. A belt in a complimentary colour that adds accent and accentuates your figure. Playful printed separates look fun when worn together. A vibrant print like our hand-painted lips and kisses print from the Spring Summer’15 collection needs no accessories and work well with even basic sneakers.
Shruti Sancheti, Designer
“I feel this look works in spite of being too matching and has tremendous potential to look good, especially the tone-on-tone in the same colour style. Even matching prints can look dainty, feminine and chic. However, they should be styled carefully to prevent your outfit from looking very busy.”
Her Tip You can accessorise with striking colours such as a neckpiece, bag or shoes. Some prints need to be broken down with metallic colours such as dull gold earrings, chains, shoes and bags.
Baani Sachdev & Nikita Jain of E.Z.R.A
“We personally feel this is one of the classiest looks and styles of dressing. It can be underplayed or made vibrant, depending on the accessories you choose. It is a simpler and cleaner approach to looking great.”
Their Tip Styling is usually key in such looks. However, we believe it is best when you put your personality in it, and don’t follow any particular rule. You can go completely muted and highlight any one element or accessorise yourself with a pop of colour to make your look more fun.
Fatma Shaikh, Designer
“A coordinated outfit looks sophisticated and complements you if it’s accessorised perfectly and carried off well.”
Her Tip Long vintage earrings contrasting with the colour of your dress, and a pair of stilettos would look good with a basic hairdo such as tied hair or a pulled-back ponytail.
If like us, you too love the trend of wearing a single colour or print overall, then check out our favourite picks that we’re sure you will love!
A crop top and skirt set such as this one from Koovs.com is the perfect way to break the monotony of a single print.
Price Rs 1,850
You can’t go wrong with jumpsuits in solid colours such as this one, available at Jabong.com.
Price Rs 769
Keep things breezy and flow-y in with this quirky leafy print maxi dress, available at Koovs.com.
Price Rs 3,500
Add some fun to your single print crop top and skirt set with sheer layers. We love this peacock print set from Koovs.com!
Price Rs 2,290
If you think that prints are not your style, go for denim! This denim jumpsuit from Asos.com is perfect for you!
Price Rs 9,372