Mixing Patterns

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Skirt: ChicWish (exact here) // Top: Old Navy (similar)// Shoes: DSW // Bag: Charming Charlie (similar) // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar) // Lipstick: Marc Jacobs “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Mixing patterns is one of my favorite ways to take an outfit from blah to BAM.  While this trend can be tricky to put together at times, with the right combination, you’ll make it look effortless.  Here are a few of my tips:

1. Start With Some Basics

Stripes or leopard prints are a great place to start!  These go with just about anything, which makes them a go-to for me.

2. Let One Color Dominate

Sometimes it’s good to let one piece dominate all the color, while your second one stays neutral.  Notice in the above outfit that my tulip skirt is stealing the show, while my black and white top just kind of supports it on the sidelines.

3. Consistency is Key

Prefer to wear lots of color in both pieces?  Make sure that they share at least one color when mixing patterns.  If your patterns don’t match it can give the illusion that they do when you are wearing colors that are in the same family.  You can see here in this post where I mixed two separate patterns that the color that remained constant was white.

4.  Space Out Your Colors

When mixing three vibrant prints, choose colors that are evenly spaced out on the color wheel.  For instance, yellow, blue and mauve work well together.  If three patterns feel like too much for you, tone it down by making one print a neutral or solid color.

5. Mix Sizes

Another method is to try mixing the same prints in different sizes.  For example, thick stripes with thin stripes in the same color family will make you look like a total pro.

Now get out there and show off your pattern mixing powers!  What is your go-to mixed pattern outfit?



  1. September 7, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I love this look! I think mixing patterns is so fun, but I haven’t really experimented with it because honestly my style is just kind of plain. But I love the way you put them together, and the suggestions you gave!

  2. September 7, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    First, you look just like my friend Tawny it’s crazy. Second, mixing patterns is my favorite. That’s how you know you’ve reached a new level of style. Third, that skirt is gorgeous.

  3. September 7, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    It takes real skill to mix patterns but you have the skills! I really like the mix of floral with stripes. The contrast is gorgeous and elegant. You tips are also very helpful especially number 2. Keeping the colors similar makes mixing patterns easier.

  4. September 8, 2017 / 4:17 am

    I love your outfit and your photos. Your tips sound awesome and I would definitely try them out. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Chastity
    September 8, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    I love how you paired all of these trends together! And that skirt is so fabulous

  6. September 8, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Love how you mixed patterns!! They look so good together!

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