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It has finally started feeling like fall here in St. Louis and now I can really start digging into my fall wardrobe! Bring on the scarves, hats, jackets, etc! I absolutely love pattern mixing, and fall is the perfect time to try it out if you’ve ever wanted to.
If you are a beginner with pattern mixing and are looking for a few simple tips and tricks on how to successfully pattern mix, you’ve come to the right place. Follow the 5 guidelines below to learn how I mix prints in my outfits, and how you can too!
Pattern Mixing Tips for Beginners:
1. Choose 2 patterns to mix
When it comes to mixing patterns, I like sticking with two different patterns. Anything more than two patterns gets a little too busy looking in my opinion. You want your pattern mixing to look purposeful, not like you got dressed in the dark 🙂 I’ve always been a huge fan of mixing stripes and animal prints together for a cute fall outfit. This is an easy combo to try out for a pattern mixing beginner!
2. Stick with a color scheme
When I’m mixing two patterns together, I want to make sure that the color scheme of the whole outfit is going to be cohesive, so with my outfit pictured above, I stuck with a black, white and tan theme.
3. Mix materials, too!
Another fun way to mix up an outfit is by choosing different materials to pair together, so I wore a leather jacket with suede booties. I wouldn’t have worn leather boots with a leather jacket because I like to diversify my materials as well as patterns. You do not have to be matchy matchy to put together a stylish outfit! Just make sure you have a color scheme going, and have fun with it!
4. Don’t directly layer the prints
I personally don’t like layering my prints on top of each other. I wouldn’t wear a striped top with a cheetah print jacket on top. I always make sure my patterns aren’t directly layered on top of each other. I wore a leather jacket to break up the striped top and animal printed scarf. Another way to mix prints is by having one of your prints be your handbag or your shoes.
5. Play around with your prints
There is not just one way to mix prints, and there are no hard set rules on how to do it. I wanted to share with you the guidelines that I follow when styling multiple prints. Play around with the clothes you have and see what looks best on you and what you feel the most confident in! Fall is all about layering pieces so try it out this season when you are throwing on a couple extra layers to stay warm.
I hope my 5 tips on how to pattern mix have been helpful to you! If you put together a mixed print outfit, make sure to tag me in it on Instagram so I can see your cute #ootd!
Thank you so much for stopping by today!