Monday, September 5, 2016

How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro

How to pattern mix like a pro didn't necessarily come easily to me!  I would have never thought about mixing my prints and patterns until I got involved in the fashion community on Instagram.  I learned there that it is fun and trendy!  It went against everything I was ever taught, so it took some teeth pulling, but I managed to slowly, but surely get into it.  Now it's a no brainer!  

So, if you are like I was, and need a little help or prodding, here are some tips!

Some prints are actually neutrals.  You can pair them with anything.  The two biggies would be leopard and camo.  Yes, they are a print, but the colors are actually very neutral and they look really good paired with each other or other more colorful prints!
How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
Camo and leopard

How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
 Leopard with black and white

How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
Leopard with stripes

How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
Leopard with floral

How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
Don't freak out on me - camo, leopard and floral!

Another fun idea is to mix florals and gingham/plaid.  In doing this, I try to stick to the same color scheme.  
How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
The floral shoes have white, pink and green, which match my pink gingham and green shorts.

How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
Here I stuck with blue and white gingham with a red/white/blue skirt and neutral accessories.

A really easy mix is stripes and polka dots.  Go with the same colors and it is a no brainer!
How to pattern mix like a pro


Another fun mix is to pair stripes with stripes.  Again, it's good to stick with a similar color scheme.  It's also best to put a small stripe with a large stripe.
How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
I chose very neutral accessories since I had some pretty busy prints here!

It's also fun to mix polka dots with plaid!  You'll see that again, I stuck with the same color scheme.  The polka dot sweater is basically a neutral here.
How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
And of course, a little leopard is always fun!

Sometimes stripes can serve as a neutral as well, In this look I paired white/black stripes with a bright palm print!
How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
Again, it's nice to pair neutral accessories when mixing prints like this.

How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro
Or you can go crazy and throw in more prints with your accessories!  This works, though, because the bag is the same black and white color scheme as the skirt.  And of course, leopard is a neutral, so the sandals work, too!

If you are still unsure, you can go with something mild, like mixing in a small pattern with your jewelry or purse.
How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro

How to Pattern Mix Like a Pro

Good luck and have fun mixing your prints!  I'd love to see what you come up with!  For more of my pattern mixing looks check out my Instagram feed!

5 comments:

  1. Loving the leopard and camo!!
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com
    Fridays Fashions link up

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  2. I want your wardrobe, too. Love the black and white outfits. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

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  3. You gave me so many ideas for mixing things up. Love so many of your outfit pairings. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & Shared.

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  4. I love your style! It is absolutely adorable! I will take one of each item in my closet now!! lol

    -Jaclyn

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