12 Unexpected Ways to Mix Patterns

Are you adept at mixing patterns? I must admit that it’s not something I’m very comfortable with or good at, but I admire people who can pull it off. Though some people do it well instinctively, I think with practice you can develop an eye for it. Here are some tips I found, though some of the examples below successfully break all the rules!

  • Rule of threes: three colors, three patterns, max.
  • Stick with the same fabric. Silks OR cottons, not both.
  • Use one “home base” color, and make sure everything you’re wearing has at least a little of that in it.
  • Use similar prints, but in different scales.
  • Pile on the prints, but keep the silhouette traditional.
  • Treat leopard print as a neutral.
  • Pair basic patterns with more complex prints.

Do you have any pattern-mixing tips?

1. Floral + floral
Where did u get that

2. Black and white stripes + dots
Girls Off Fifth

3. Floral + leopard + dots

Stockholm Streestyle

4. Leopard + dots

5. Stripes + camouflage
B. Jones Style

6. Animal print + hearts
Ready-to-wear Burberry Prorsum

7. Geometric + geometric

Annabelle magazine

8. Ikat + patchwork + leopard
Lucky magazine

9. Florals + leopard + checks + dots

April Leino

10. Stripes + dots
Atlantic-Pacific

11. Stripes + dots + more dots
Sincerely Jules

12. Dots + houndstooth + leopard
Solange Knowles

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