mixing patterns mixing prints pattern play tulip skirt midi skirt

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?

 

Italy was absolutely incredible!  The food, the scenery, the people – it was all so exciting and almost too much to take in at once.  I went with my family on a tour through the country starting in Venice and ending in Capri.  Along the way we stopped in Modena, Florence, Pienza, Rome, Sienna, Tuscany and Sorrento.  Each place was so different from the next and unbelievably unique.  We spent a total of 9 days in Europe, taking in 9 cities and loving every minute of it.

If you follow me on Instagram (@theinspirationcloset), then you probably saw tons of updates along the way, but I wanted to create a post highlighting where to get everything that I wore on the trip.  Here are the outfit details:

romper

Hat: Purchased in Italy (similar) // Romper: Purchased in Italy (similar) // Sunglasses: Purchased in Italy (similar) // Shoes: DSW // Lip Stain: Armani Lip Magnet “400 For All”

florence-outfit

Dress: Banana Republic (similar) (alternative) // Hat: Marshalls (similar) // Purse: Century 21 (similar) // Shoes: Century 21 (similar)

trevi-fountain-outfit

Dress: T.J. Max (similar) // Backpack: Marshalls (similar)

embroidered-dress

Dress: Tobi // Hat: Marshalls (similar) // Shoes: Marshalls (similar)

island-outfit

Dress: Who.A.U. (similar) // Shoes: Century 21 (similar) // Silk Scarf: Oscar de la Renta (alternative) (alternative)

high-waisted-bathing-suit

Bikini Top: Cotton On (similar) // Bikini Bottom: Old Navy // Silk Scarf: Oscar De La Renta (alternative) (alternative)

morena-outfit

Dress: T.J. Max (similar) // Backpack: Century 21 (similar)

tuscany-outfit

Dress: H&M (similar) // Backpack: Century 21 (similar) // Silk Scarf: Vintage (similar)

 

chambray-toni-dress blue-summer-dress denim-toni-dress chambray-dress denim-dress

Dress: Tobi // Purse: Century 21 (alternative) // Sneakers: DSW // Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”

Happy Monday, everyone!  This new chambray dress from Tobi is so soft and comfortable!  I love how lightweight the material is.   I wore it on Memorial Day with these plain white Grasshopper sneakers from DSW which by the way I am OBSESSED with.  Seriously, I promise they are the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever owned.  I wore them for an entire week to Disney World and did not come back with a single blister.  Highly recommend both the dress and sneakers for summer!

 

white-dress white-off-shoulder-dress white-tobi-dress tassel-earrings

Dress: Tobi // Bag: Nordstrom (alternative) // Shoes: Mandee (similar) // Earrings: The Tiny Tassel // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”

Happy Wednesday!  I am OBSESSED with this white and navy shift dress from Tobi.  The colors just scream summer and I love the way my tassel earrings pop against it.  Being that the dress is so light and flowy, I think it’s going to be the perfect warm weather vacation piece.  It also happens to be half off right now so go get your shop on while it’s still on sale!

 

white-pants white-outfit all-white-look all-white-everything

Top: Cotton On (Similar) // Jeans: Target (Similar) // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (Similar) // Bag: Nordstrom (Similar) // Booties: Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Lip: Armani Lip Magnet in “Pink”

Happy Wednesday!  There’s something about an all white outfit that is so striking and clean looking.  I like to pair with neutral accessories or bright pops of color depending on my mood.  As usual, these white ripped pants are my go-to.  They are so comfortable and somehow I’ve managed to keep them dirt-free for the past couple of years.  Don’t ask me how because it’s a mystery to me.  I kept the color to just my nails and lips and added some heeled ankle booties to elevate the look.  Hope everyone has a great week!