Have you ever tried mixing patterns? I know this is something that freaks some people out a little bit. It’s scary to put two things together that seem like they should never be worn at the same time. However, there are smart and intentional ways to pattern mix that won’t result in a completely mismatched ensemble!
Here are a variety of ways that I have mixed patterns on Sidewalk Ready, and some tips on how to replicate these looks with items you have in your own closet!
First off, my general rule behind pattern mixing is that the two patterns should be different sizes. One bold pattern mixed with one small pattern usually keeps the outfit from looking too busy. Secondly, the patterns should share at least one common color. This way, they look like they belong together. Keep in mind, these rules can and have been broken with success, but if you are new to this, stick to the rules and you should be golden.
Now let’s get into the levels. How advanced of a pattern mixer are you?
*to view the original posts for each of the outfits below, click the image and you will be re-directed.
Wear a patterned essential item of clothing (i.e. skirt, shirt) with a pattered accessory like a scarf or belt.
Mix two patterned essential items of clothing together. To keep it a little more subtle, choose one item with a discrete pattern. This could mean that the color of the pattern is close to the pattern of the background, or that the item has a very subtle stripe, etc. Don’t forget items with aÂ noticeableÂ texture – try mixing those as well!
Think you’re ready to try something a little more bold? Go ahead and mix items with more prominent patterns or color schemes!
And a couple outliers:
In the first look I paired two patterns that don’t necessarily share a similar color. Instead, I tied in the patterned scarf by adding a belt that shared the same, prominent color.
In the second look, I paired together three patterns. The cardigan and tank have similar color schemes, and are both very neutral, so adding the bolder zebra belt didn’t take it too over the top.
I hope that this has inspired you to try some new pairings in your own closet! You might be surprised at what items that you’ve never considered wearing together that will actually create a successful outfit.
If you have featured a mixed pattern outfit on your blog, share it in the comment section! Let’s keep the inspiration flowing!