Mixing Patterns

Time and time again you have been told that you cannot wear two patterns in the same outfit. Well, I’m here to prove that one wrong! Patterns are a great way to add visually interesting pieces to your wardrobe; however, you must be careful on which patterns you select. Mixing patterns is quite simple actually. One way to pair the pieces together is to mix patterns that are in the same color family. Another way is to do mix more of a bold print, take a colorful floral perhaps, with a more monochrome simple pattern, a black and white plaid or striped blouse. Since fashion is not restricted to rules, these are not the only ways that you can mix your patterns! People who create bolder fashion statements often wear two or more patterns that are totally different from each other in color and shapes. The key to doing this is to have at least one plain piece, possibly a white blouse, in the mix to balance it out. Rocking your mixed pattern combinations is all about confidence.

MONOCHROME MIXING: Here are three examples of how to mix your different black and white patterns together to get a sleek chic look. The middle look also adds a fur texture to the two different patterns which its color also matches the monochrome theme. In the third look, we see three different patterns: polka dots, stripes, and grid. Mixing monochrome patterns is usually more commonly found because people find it easier to mix different black and white patterns together rather than vibrant colors.


COLOR FAMILY MIXING: These looks have two different patterns but the colors in the patterns are the same. On the right, we have a red and blue plaid skirt matched with a white blouse that has a red and blue striped pattern. The next look also features a plaid skirt but it is worn with a floral top; both are in the blue color family.  


BOLD PATTERN MIXING: These outfits consist of two or more completely different patterns. They are not in the same color family and they usually do not have complementing shapes. Helpful advice for creating your own outfit like this is to have at least one piece that is a solid neutral tone to balance out the contrast between the two patterns. Outfits with this print mix are a bit more challenging for the not so fashionistas, but they create a beautiful statement when done. 


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I am a 21-year-old from Tulsa that is engulfed in a world of fashion. From modeling, styling, and writing about fashion I can say that I have lots of knowledge concerning the fashion industry. I am continuing to follow my passion of fashion at FIDM in Los Angeles, and plan to graduate December of 2018. I have big dreams of making my mark on the fashion industry. Eventually I hope my career allows me to live in Manhattan working in the industry that I love, and giving me the opportunity to travel the world for fashion weeks and other fashion related ventures.

5 thoughts on “Mixing Patterns

  1. Dear Samantha, I am looking forward to following you and your blog as you know I’m all about fashion! I love the fresh look of the lavender coat, as I have never thought of buying a pastel for winter. The more I look at it the greater the desire is to buy it!!! Thanks love💜


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