Pattern Mixing 101


Bold and beautiful pattern mixing is such a fun and lively trend to try. There are so many to play around and experiment with : stripes, polka dots, checkered, florals,chevron and many more. In my opinion, this trend can be tricky , but if paired well , can look uber trendy! Also once you master this trend, you can maximise your wardrobe utilization and come up with so many different outfits that probably had never occurred to you before.

A couple of tips in my experience to work the pattern play with pizazz and avoid a fashion catastrophe:

1) Testing the waters: While trying out a trend that is unfamiliar territory, start with baby steps. It could be as simple as wearing a leopard printed belt over a floral dress; or a printed scarf over a basic striped tee. Once you get more comfortable with it, you can move onto mixing prints and patterns in garments. Also a good way to start out with this trend in clothing is to mix pattern + texture (like lace, leather, tweed, etc) before moving onto pattern + pattern.

2) Neutrals + Color : Prints like leopard or stripes in basic color palettes are considered neutrals so its easy to work these with colored prints like bold florals or vibrant graphic prints. Few of the easiest tried and tested patterns are stripes, leopard, polka and floral. Any combination of these in twos should work as long as you follow the other rules below.

3) Opposites attract: While playing around with 2 (or more) patterns, size is an important issue. Try to keep one pattern smaller and a bit more understated than the other pattern. For example in my outfit, I chose a basic black and white pinstriped tee so that I could go big and colorful on the bottom. The floral skirt is actually a dress that I have folded as a skirt :).


4) Accessories :  The safest bet would be to go neutral on the accessories so the emphasis is on the outfit. If however you still want to add a little color in your accessories, remember to stay within the same color family.  For example, my accessories were pink kitten heels to go with my floral print and a wide metal front belt to hold my outfit and separate the two beautiful patterns. The blue belt looks like a part of the skirt, so I wasn’t too worried about adding a colored belt instead of a neutral one. My other accessories; the bag, earrings and watch were all a neutral ivory shade.




Tshirt : Forever 21 (similar here)

Skirt ( dress folded as a skirt ) : Hollister (similar here)

Shoes : Call it Spring

Belt : Francescas Collection (similar here)

Bag : Forever 21 (similar here)

Lipstick : Sephora Royal Raspberry

Tassel Bracelet : c/o Style this Life

Special thanks to fellow Boston Bloggers Shabnam from Breakfast on Newbury for clicking these pictures and Kerrie from Rarely Taken Seriously for the support! I hope that my two cents on rules for mixing prints and patterns in fashion will be helpful for you! Don’t be afraid to give something new a try; you will never know how much you might like it unless you give it a try! I would love to see how you mix patterns together, please leave me a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by! xoxo







11 thoughts on “Pattern Mixing 101

  1. Thanks pretty lady ! well Hello! so nice to meet a fellow Boston Blogger; hopefully we get to meet soon at an event or so :).. xo

      1. Lisa.. definitely follow Boston Bloggers on facebook, twitter, instagram , etc. They have a lot of events ! Hope to meet you at one of them! xo

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