Every Mean Girl knows the difference between a Pattern and a Print. Nowadays, there’s not much delineation between the two so it’s commonly accepted to interchange both words. However, a Mean Girl is a cut above the rest, so they never ever settle for mediocrity (at least, not when they can help it), which means they’ll never settle for the typical “just-just” (aka basta-basta) attitude of some Filipina women and they would find it crucial to know the key difference. Let me break it down for you: patterns are repetitive decorations whereas prints are simply decorative impressions. Therefore, all patterns are repetitive while only some prints are.
There are numerous types of patterns: pinstripes, argyle, polka-dots, and chevron to name a few. Some are trendy–they come and they go, while others remain classic staples. The only way to discern which pattern is preferable all boils down to perspective and taste. What makes it even better is the habit of taking “careful consideration” on how you integrate said pattern into your outfit. The safe and sophisticated ones opt to go for bigger patterns in muted colors, while the bold and experimental ones opt to mix and match–the choice is essentially yours so as long as you don’t fall on the polar opposite of overly busy and excruciatingly boring.
Come to think about it, patterns are an oxymoron in itself! Who would have thought? When people think about repetition, they immediately associate it with boredom. Think about it, when one follows a certain routine from days on end, things become robotic and lackluster. Yes, practice makes perfect, and perfect habits can be cultivated in eleven days or some such (I read this in some study) but when you do the same old shit everyday, the novelty eventually wears off and you sink into tedious monotony doing a lifeless sequence.
Yet, when you pile on two jarring patterns be it on your table cloth or your outfit, you get total chaos (or broken style, as my friends like to call it, bitchy pun intended). Last I checked, chaos isn’t exactly boring… but it should bring you into a state of panic (think the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah with Brimstone and Fire levels). I don’t know which is worse, actually.
How can something so redundant become something so caustic? Is it because you become trapped into the same regimen until you’ve reached your saturation point and you eventually just snap? I think there’s merit to that analysis, look it up.
In the end, I think life is all about patterns–which is plain apt because life is an oxymoron. Patterns, no matter how tedious they seem, bring out order. When you do something and you find the right formula, you stick to it, right? Sometimes you stray and explore, but mostly you stick within what you already know is the tried and tested approach to it. Yet, straying and exploring is a necessity since humans are curious creatures with this innate sense to want to fuck up just to spice up life a little bit–not judging, I fully support it in small doses but you get the point. What can be favorable to experience however is focusing on the fine details, that way, you can manage any explosion and avoid a tacky drama in your tacky, print-on-print ensemble.
It’s THE most awaited Holiday season already–as evidenced by my LSS today which was “Deck the Halls.” With it, comes the season of giving and gift-buying–for your godparents, your godchild, your aunt, your uncle, your household help, your driver, the guard by your village, the guard in your office, your cat, your cat’s helper, so on and forth… When I can’t think of one particular special gift to give, I always go by my default: food. Food makes everyone happy! Plus, it’s a step up from the usual generic candles (except when they’re from Pottery Barn), calendars, and figurines. With that, I would want to introduce you to Sweet Bite by Bianca. Can I just say that her scrumptious pastries threw me off my diet? She has the most unique and mouthwatering concoctions! A few of my favorites would be: Sweet Oreos Nutella, Revelious Bars, and Kinky Scarlet. Do check it out and place in your orders–I’m pretty sure once you’ve tried it, you’re most likely not inclined to give it to anyone but your tummy.