6 tips to pattern-mix like you invented that shit
Ah, the exhilarating world of pattern-mixing. Many are curious and most are hesitant, but it can be so fun once you're through the gates! Inspired by last week's "editorial love," we've compiled a list of guidelines to help the unknown seem a little less scary and get you mixing prints like a pro!
1. WE ARE FAAAMILY
Pairing patterns that share the same colour family will reduce chaos and makes your outfit pop!
2. NEUTRALS IN DISGUISE
Some prints are sort of, kind of, basically, pretty much neutrals. These include (but are not limited to) stripes, polka dots, lace, and most of the classic weaves (particularly if they're a small scale weave). It also helps if the pattern is a neutral colour, making it even easier to sneak an extra print into any outfit.
3. SIZE MATTERS (sometimes)
Pairing small scale prints with medium/larger scale prints helps to minimize competition between the two and makes for a less "anxious" outfit.
4. OPPOSITES ATTRACT
Pair an organic print with a structured one. If we think of these two in terms of being in a relationship, organic patterns love being around structured ones because they crave that stability, and structured patterns get excited by the organic print's carefree nature and ability to think outside the box--basically--A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN.
5. TAKE A CHILL PILL, ADD A SOLID
When things start to get out of control, a solid will calm everything the eff down and stabilize your outfit.
It's sort of like the pattern-world's answer to monochrome looks, or the idea that chocolate frosting is clearly a fantastic choice on chocolate cake--pairing a print with a larger or smaller version of itself will always be awesome.
Visit Margot + Maude's "some like it printed..." for some mixed looks to emulate or to just be dazzled by some pretty fantastic prints!