Whenever I open Instagram, I’m bombarded with myriad street style photos that make me question whether I’m “fashionable” enough. It’s not like I always play it safe in terms of wardrobe choices, but I definitely don’t boast wild color or pattern combinations like so many Instagram models and influencers do. I’ve constantly thought about different plus-size print clashing outfit ideas in my head, but never really took the chance and actually put them on my body. After all, am I really cool enough to rock a street style-inspired pattern clashing outfit? After some soul (and closet) searching, I realized that anyone is cool enough to try the pattern clashing trend—all you need is a little bit of confidence.
So, with this new street style attitude I had acquired, I decided to try to make pattern clashing look cool with my own wardrobe. While on the journey to create some epic plus-size pattern clashing outfit ideas, I realized a few things. The first was that I own far fewer patterned layering pieces than I thought I did. A lot of pattern clashing works best when you can mix different layers of clothing, but I really only had one actual jacket that could work for this purpose. This created a challenge—but one I was happy to take on for the sake of my own creative pursuits (and plus-size women everywhere who might want some street style inspiration). The second thing I realized was that finding patterns that clash but don’t make you look like everything else in your wardrobe was dirty other than the exact outfit you’re wearing is difficult. Pattern clashing is an art, and was woefully unaware of the thought and preparation it would take.
Despite my challenges, though, I managed to create seven different plus-size pattern clashing outfit ideas from clothes already in my closet. Some I’d wear outside the house, while others might be better suited for this article and this article alone. Regardless, I encourage anyone who’s been wanting to try a little pattern clashing themselves to take the risk and go for it. You might be surprised with what incredible looks you end up creating.
—Plaid Shirt Layered Over Striped Shirt—
—Printed Turtleneck + Patterned Pants—
—Plaid Blazer Layered Over Striped Shirt—
—Plaid Shirt + Floral Sneakers—
—Marled Sweater Layered Over Plaid Shirt—
—Contrasting Sweater + Button Down—
—Contrasting Wide-Leg Pants + Top—