Woylaa.com – Many people are a bit embarrassed wearing richly patterned outfits; we are not talking about stripes or polkadots here, but really rich patterns with a lot of colors, details and even unusual arts. Lee So Jung in To the Beautiful You tops all that; she does not just wear richly patterned tops often, but she also even wears such tops to school where she teaches! Korean fashion combo between richly patterned tops and other outfits is actually not hard to achieve, as long as you remember the main principle in wearing pattern: always balancing.
As you can see, Lee So Jung makes quite memorable look in one episode of To the Beautiful You by wearing unique ensemble between white shirt that has unique bunny rabbit artworks with airbrush accent, black pants and golden wristwatch. The shirt has sheer flare accent on the bottom, and while this is something many teachers probably do not dare to wear at school, she manages to pull this ensemble off without losing her proper and prim appearance.
On another occasion (and still at school), the sassy teacher wears combination between brown patterned shirt that may look more conventional than the rabbit shirt, but she combines it with tight, skinny pants in cream color, black standard pumps and black bag. This makes her appearance even more sophisticated, despite the fact that skinny pants are probably not really fit for teaching job at school. However, this ensemble may work if you are on casual Friday or work at office with semi formal dress code, like at a design company or boutique.
If you see some of Lee So Jung’s appearances with patterned tops here, you will see a theme: she always keeps everything in check by balancing the rich patterns with something neutral for the overall getup.
Balancing Rich Tops with Neutral Bottoms
Korean fashion has important principle: wear something unique, rich or out of ordinary, but make sure other elements are balancing it. Therefore, the combo will be something wearable that you can actually wear every day or often. In Lee So Jung’s case, she always balances her patterned tops with something neutral. For the rabbit shirt, she wears black pants and simple, practical accessories (wristwatch). For the brown patterned shirt, she wears cream tight pants with black standard pumps and black bag. These elements help her balancing the richness and colors of her tops.
If you want to wear patterned tops, make sure to match them with something neutral or at least has less rich pattern (if you want to do pattern clashing). For example, if you wear the bunny shirt like above (or something with similar model), you can pair it with pants that have thin stripe patterns, such as white strips over black or dark grey color. The brown patterned pants may also be worn with pencil skirt with white or beige color and red pumps, or denim with white sandals or sneakers in casual occasion.