Mixing prints is one of my favorite things to do when styling. It can be a little intimidating to begin with, but when you start playing around in your closet, you’d be surprised at how much can actually be paired together.
I started playing around with pattern mixing when I started organizing my clothes differently a few years ago. I tend to buy in waves of similar tones and never realized this until I started pulling all of my staple pieces out of my closet to join all of my new items on a garment rack in my room, as a way to more easily style my outfits for work. That’s when I started looking at my clothes differently. I realized so much more of what I had could be paired together than I ever would have thought when I had my favorites all together in small space. Like right now, my end of spring line up is hanging on my clothes rack and all of my looks somehow coordinate even though every piece is so different. If the pieces share similar tones, you’ll start to notice that any texture or pattern can be paired together.
I think it’s good to have your go-to ‘neutral’ patterns — my favorite neutral pattern would be stripes. Leopard is a good neutral as well… oddly enough I think leopard goes with (almost) anything. Once you have a neutral pattern, you can get creative from there. I love pairing stripes and florals, like I did with this look. Not only are these patterns so fun together, but the pleated skirt and the ruffled neckline/sleeves on the top are a great mix of textures.
My rule of thumb — the prints you are mixing should share at least one color. And a lot of times, (more like, most of the time with me) the best looks come together by accident… so just have fun with it 🙂
I think the next pattern pairing look I’ll be trying out will be mixing the same print, but in different sizes (i.e. two striped pieces, but different sized stripes). What are your favorite ways to mix prints? Hope y’all are having the best week!
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Top: Who What Wear — Target | Skirt: Who What Wear — Target | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: similar style, similar style, similar style | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban |Bracelets: David Yurman Oval Link Bracelet, David Yurman Cable Classics with Diamonds, David Yurman Cable Classics with Pearl and Gold, David Yurman Cable Buckle Bracelet with Gold and David Yurman X Bracelet with Gold