Over the years I have learned one thing about fashion, and it’s that mixing patterns is okay! Mixing patterns and textures for fashion’s sake is a lot of fun but it can be risky business if you’re not sure of what you’re doing. But the one tip to success is to have courage. Here are my ultimate tips for ways to mix patterns in fashion in case you’re ready to take the plunge and give it a try!
1. Match colors, not prints.
This is the most important rule to remember when mixing patterns. If the colors look good together, more often than not the prints will look good together too. If you're not sure which colors go best together, it's pretty straightforward: pastels with pastels, earth tones with earth tones, jewel tones with jewel tones, etc. That being said, you'll never go wrong with black and white. They go with everything.
2. The simpler the prints, the easier they are to mix.
Here’s the main reason black and white stripes go with everything; they're simple! They're pretty much the neutral of the prints family. They mix well with complex or organic prints like florals and animal prints.
If you want to get really experimental, throw in some graphic patterns. These more complicated prints can look great together, but it's not easy to pull off — this is when playing with color and scale becomes more important, so it can get start off as a struggle if you're not totally comfortable with the idea of print-mixing to begin with.
3. Spread your prints out across your outfit.
I’m not telling you that you can’t wear a printed jacket over a printed top. You absolutely can. But there’s a great possibility that you will feel like your outfit is getting a little too busy, so try distributing your prints more evenly by doing one on the top and one on the bottom.
by Ally Cummings