If there is one thing I absolutely love, it’s pattern mixing. When this trend came into vogue about ten years ago or so, it opened up a whole new world for me. Simply with a little strategy, you have multiple more outfits than you did before.
However, how to master pattern mixing is another ball game. It can be tricky and trust me, I have had my share of mishaps. But, honestly, there are only two basic rule you need to follow and you’ll master pattern mixing in now time!
1. Start with a similar color
This may seem to go without saying, but when you put two different patterns together, there needs to be one common color between them. Otherwise, it will look a little hodge podge. For example, the top photo outfit has gold in common, and the next two photos has blue. You only need one color to tie the two prints together. And that color doesn’t have to be identical, just very similar. It can also be very subtle. When you pair the two together, it will amaze you how the color of one can draw out the color of the other.
2. Next, pair a large print with a small print
Unlike the colors, the pattern sizes need to be completely different. Pair a larger pattern with a smaller one. This gives the outfit a balanced look. For example, the top photo has a larger print on bottom and smaller print on top. The next photo is the same, but the third photo has the smaller print on bottom and larger one on top. Now, I will specify that when I say larger print, I simply mean that there is more blank space between the designs of the print. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the larger print is large, just that it is more spaced out. In the orange top, blue midi skirt outfit, the top has small flowers on it, but the space between them is vast.
And there you have it! A super simple method to master pattern mixing. Once you start, you won’t ever go back to matching outfits again. Pattern mixing really stretches your fashion comfort zone. Try it out and let me know what you think!