Class is in session! Pattern mixing is one of my all time favorite ways to make my outfits pop! The philosophy that two is better than one most definitely applies to fun prints in your wardrobe. Of all the comments I hear about the way I dress, the ones I get most frequently are regarding putting two (or more!) patterns together in an interesting way. If you're a bit nervous about pattern mixing, take a look at my simple tips for making it work for you! You can start off slowly and work your way up to bolder looks!
Start with Accessories (Beginner)
Let's start simply, shall we? If you're hoping to infuse a bit more oomph into your wardrobe, why not begin with mixing in bold accessories? If you feel uncomfortable or decide halfway through the day you don't like the prints you mixed then all you have to do is take off your scarf or slip your things into a neutral bag. I love adding a printer scarf, belt or bag (heck even a printed shoe!) with another pattern to mix things up. No commitment necessary.
Pair Similar Colors (Beginner)
The easiest patterns to mix are those that feature at least one similar color. If the colors are similar enough you can get away with mixing almost any two prints. In the first look you see that the prints marry well together because they both feature ivory and navy. In the bottom right both prints share black and brown, so they tie in well without matching perfectly.
Try Black and White (Beginner)
If you check out my Pinterest page, you'll see outfit after after featuring black and white pattern mixing. There is a reason for this: it is SO easy! Nearly all black and white patterns will go well together, but won't be so bold that you feel self conscious if this is out of your comfort zone. Polka dots, stripes, plaids and marble prints are all interchangeable and can help you create so many unique looks!
Treat Stripes as Neutral (Intermediate)
In my book there is no pattern as versatile as a stripe. Polka dots come in a close second, but almost anything works with stripes. If you're feeling stuck, grab a striped tee and pair it with a bold print skirt or layer it under a fun cardigan. This is my personal favorite tip, because I love a good striped sweater or tee.
When in Doubt: Go Patriotic! (Intermediate)
Pairing you red, white and blue attire isn't reserved for your 4th of July getups! I like mixing and matching these colors year round. You can ditch the flags and just celebrate the three colors by making smart pairings. A red and white striped cardi looks great over a blue gingham shirt and it doesn't look like a costume.
Go Bold! (Expert)
Anyone can be an expert at pattern mixing by simply pairing two prints that you love! This is part of the "if you love it, wear it" philosophy I like. Plaid and polka dots? Sure! Houndstooth and floral? Sounds great! Gingham and paisley? Whatever your little heart desires, just go for it!
What are your favorite patterns to mix?