Pattern Play!

Hope you’re doing great!

So last time we chatted, we discussed color.  We talked about warm and cool colors, and we discussed neutrals.  We went over what colors work together, how to wear neutrals, and how to incorporate metallics, and it was a blast!

This week, similarly, I want to chat about pattern.  I don’t know if you’ve seen it around, but pattern play is EVERYWHERE.  I’m not just talking about a pattern top with a solid bottom, I’m talking about MIXING patterns.  Yup, you heard me correctly!  I remember when mixing patterns was a huge faux pas? Now, it’s the talk of the town and ALL over the fashion runways.


And while the above looks from Roberto Cavalli’s latest fashion show might prove to be a bit too much too soon for us, there are a few quick tips to help you this spring when looking to mix patterns for different looks.

Graphics go together:

Plaids and stripes?  Yes.  Stripes and Dots? Yep!  The idea here is to keep your prints simple. Of course later on we can get a bit more complex, but when you’re just starting out with mixing your patterns, start with the simple graphics.  Similarly, you can stick with the same graphic, and mix sizing.  For example, A thin striped blouse with a thicker striped bottom, or large dots and small.  With either option, you’re mixing, but not messy. See below for some great graphic options from Jcrew.


Match your colors:

Naturally, when mixing patterns you’re going to run into color – after all, not everything can be black and white or blue and white.  While it’s OK to have fun with color, to avoid looking too “all over the map” try to match at least 1 color.  When mixing patterns, there is a lot going on, so in order to maintain a theme and intention, matching a color really helps pull your look together.


Break up your prints:

This is great when just starting out.  You want to have some fun with your prints, but you don’t want to go overboard and look like a mess.  So, to that end, not EVERY piece has to be a print.  You can have the same print top and bottom and switch up your coloring.  You can also bring solids into the mix and incorporate your patterns in your accessories – it really all depends on how aggressive you want to be with your mixing.



I hope you enjoyed today’s post.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your pattern combos. Happy mixing!

Candace HannaComment