Tips for Mixing Patterns

I love color and patterns. There is something about vibrant clothing that just makes me excited. Because of this, I like to take a few chances with the clothing that I wear. One of my favorite things to do is mix patterns. Although there aren’t any  rules for what you can and cant try, I have compiled a few tips to make it easy (listed them in least frightening to more frightening order).

Tips for mixing patternstips for mixing patterns-001Tip 1: Same pattern different colors- I just blew my title with the first tip. I know that using the same pattern shouldn’t qualify as mixing patterns, but it feels like it when those patterns are different colors or size. Try, for example,  2 polka dots or stripe patterns. It is especially easy when one of the patterns is more subtle.  tips for mixing patterns-002

tips for mixing patterns-003Tip 2: Same color different patterns- Hold on, this is where it gets wild 🙂 Honestly, this is easier than you think. Like me, most people tend to gravitate towards certain colors. If you were to survey your closet you would probably find many “like” colors in your tops, pants and skirts. One thing to remember when mixing these is the fewer “extra colors” the less you’ll look like a walking eye bender. Also, repeating prints work great with this; they function like classic pieces and seem normal.

 

tips for mixing patterns-004 tips for mixing patterns-005Tip 3: Play with geometry- I have mentioned how I love floral prints and would wear them everyday if I could, but they are very difficult to mix. However, geometric patterns with their lines and well… geometry, are great to mix. Like tip 2, try to stick within the same color schemes with  few extra colors. You are free to try triangles, circles, stripes, diamonds, and squares. Example 1, 2

 

If these seem scary to you, start with tip 1. Try more subtle patterns and then move down the list. The more you try it the mor confident you will be.

Happy mixing.