Happy #FASHIONWEDNESDAY! It’s MAY (can you even?) and spring is in full force here in Missouri. It’s been consistently 70+ and sunny, and I can almost taste summer. I can’t wait until it’s officially pool season. But, until it gets a little warmer, I’m going to hang on to my favorite spring styles. Pattern mixing is one of those trends that a lot of people are scared to try because when it’s done wrong, it’s usually done REALLY wrong. And you definitely do NOT want to be walking around looking like a fool, amiright? This outfit is like a pattern fiesta because I’ve got floral earrings, a striped top and leopard print shoes. I consider myself kind of a pattern mixing queen. So – I’ve put together a guide to make sure you pattern mix like a champion and look AMAZING to finish out spring this year. Let’s dive into this.
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This is one of the easiest ways to mix prints. I like doing a pattern on my top/bottoms and then a pattern on my shoes or my bag. The shoes and bag are always smaller and less loud than a top or bottom so it’s easy for your actual outfit to be the star.
For example: a large wide-striped coat with small floral or polka dot pants or skirt.
Too often, the downfall of a pattern mixed outfit is the color scheme. You don’t want the colors to be SO overwhelming that the actual patterns get lost. Try sticking to a theme like red, yellow and white or navy, cerulean and grey.
Think: white pants with a floral top and polka dot shoes. The largest piece of fabric should be your neutral. In the winter time, you can pair a floral top, polka dot pants and a neutral coat.
One of my favorite ways to mix patterns is almost not mixing a pattern at all. It’s mixing colors. Try pairing a black and white plaid top with a white and black plaid bottom – you’d be surprised how amazing that mix can look!
Ok. So. Stripes in my mind are actually neutrals. My favorite stripes are light blue and white and they look fabulous with so many other patterns. In this outfit, for example, I have mixed small stripes and leopard print flats. It works because both of these patterns are “neutral”.
This can even just be a giant belt or a chambray top tied around your waist – basically anything to break up the two patterns. This can also be seen in the outfit shown in this post. I have stripes on top, white jeans and then patterned shoes.
I love pairing a neutral dress with a patterned headscarf and patterned shoes. The patterns aren’t on top of each other, so this is a great way to ease into pattern mixing.
This is another great way to easy into pattern mixing. Try going with a neutral colored pattern like black and white stripes, or tan/blush polka dots with something like colorful florals. You won’t notice the neutral pattern quite as much because all eyes will be on your florals!
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These rules will TOTALLY help you pattern mix for spring – without overwhelming you. When in doubt, refer to this list to make sure what you’re pairing actually goes well together. I actually have my list printed and put in my closet so I can easily check it out when I need a little extra fashion help.
Do you like to pattern mix? What are your favorite patterns to pair together? Let me know in the comments below!