The Art of Pattern Mixing
I would rate the “Art of Pattern Mixing” moderate in difficulty. It is one of my favorite things to do when I am working with a client during an outfit building session. It can really open up your wardrobe to more possibilities. I have a client that has even dubbed me her own personal “Mix Master” LOL!!! With that said here are some guidelines for stylish mixing:
Stay within the same color family. Patterns that have the same hue in both wardrobe pieces can be successfully pulled together. For example; an orange and green floral design with an orange and green plaid are a chic combination but incorporating it with a pink and green plaid would be disastrous. Remember you do not want to look like you were just employed by the circus.
Vary the scale of the patterns. For example a large paisley motif with a fine/delicate pinstripe.
It helps if one of the pieces in the ensemble is tailored in silhouette. For instance a miniscule polka dot printed pencil skirt with a flowing, baby doll style, zebra top.
Play with patterned accessories. You are not limited to just tops and bottoms- scarves, vests, arm candy bracelets, shoes, hats etc. create a combination that will function with the patterns you are wearing. This is a more subtle way to mix patterns for the amateur mixer.
Last go easy on the accessories. Since your outfit is already making a statement limit your baubles with simplicity. Wearing large jewelry with 2 wild prints might look like you just walked out a thrift store.
You can also check out Invent Your Image’s Pinterest board “Chic Clashing”
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