A trend which has been gaining a lot of traction in recent seasons is pattern mixing. At first I thought it would just be a fringe trend, but then it started to pop up just about everywhere – store displays, catalogs, blogs, and on real women I’ve seen out and about in my hometown of San Diego.
I have to admit that I was a late adopter of the pattern mixing trend. Upon first glance, I found the combination of two or more patterns “clashing” and unattractive to my eye. But over time, I’ve not only warmed to the trend, I’ve started to actually embrace it! I now find myself incorporating pattern mixing into my outfits at least a few times each week.
If you want to dip your toe in the pattern mixing pool, here are a few tips. A good way to start applying the trend is to use patterns with the same color palette. In the left example photo, I have combined a black and white striped top with a black and white polka dot scarf. This is what I call pattern mixing lite.
A slightly more advanced application is shown in the right example photo. The black from the shirt also appears in the leopard print scarf as a unifying theme, but a third color has been added with the orange-brown in the scarf. The black cardigan further ties the look together, whereas the navy cardigan in the left photo adds a bit of interest to the outfit by using a third neutral color. A brighter color cardigan or jacket would look great as well.
Another fun way to incorporate pattern mixing is to add patterned shoes either in addition to or instead of the scarf. In my example photos, I could have worn polka dot or leopard print shoes. The old rule of only using one animal print piece in an outfit no longer applies. In fact, the look at the right would look great with a fun pair of leopard print pumps or ballet slippers.
If you find yourself feeling bored with your wardrobe, give pattern mixing a try. It’s a fun and easy way to create interesting outfits that are current and on trend.