Mixing patterns was a big Fashion Don’t when I was growing up, and it took me a while to come around to trying it. I’m still a fairly conservative pattern mixer (unlike my friend K, who is ninja-level). But too much visual busyness tends to overwhelm my 5’1″ frame, so two patterns per outfit is usually plenty.
(Sizes: tee – Small, jeans – 27)
The tee and jeans are from my navy and cream January wardrobe capsule. The hoodie is from Eric Bompard, purchased in London, but this color is not available on their website. I’ve had this scarf for a couple of years, originally gifted.
A straight up red-white-blue combo can sometimes feel a little too nautical, or like I’m wearing a flag. 😆 The leopard print scarf and brown booties cut through that effect. After looking at these photos, I decided it was time to give these jeans a sabbatical, and have swapped them out in my capsule for a less faded pair.
How to mix patterns cohesively
Not everyone likes the mixed pattern look, but if you do or want to try it, here are a few tips that usually work.
- First, work within your color palette.
- Organic prints (animal or floral) and graphic prints (stripes, plaids, checks) are easier to mix than two of the same type. Think curved lines + straight lines.
- Mixing prints with similar or analogous colors often works.
- Try a larger, irregular scale print with a smaller, regular print. (Example, a larger floral with smaller leopard print or dots.)
- Separating the two prints also makes it easier. (Example: a tartan scarf + leopard print footwear.)
- Look at garments or scarves with “pre-mixed” patterns for inspiration.
When you haven’t worn the jeans for a while, and find dog treats in the pockets…🐶
And I always love how leopard print looks with a bright color like this red!
Here’s how I tied the scarf:
(Yes, I know there’s a typo 🤪)
Do you like to mix patterns? Do you have a go-to combo?