Do’s and Dont’s of Pattern Mixing

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When you’re feeling brave, you may opt for pattern mixing. While pattern mixing can be avant-garde, it can more often than not become an overwhelming fashion faux pas! To help you navigate the subtle ways of pattern mixing, we’ve listed a few do’s and don’ts that can make or break your outfit!

1. DO Create Balance

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Create balance by making sure that your patterns don’t compete with each other! In other words don’t wear patterns that are all large or in some way or another intense. Pair your larger or more involved patterns with smaller patterns!

2. DO Use Patterns within the Same Color Family

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When you use similar colors throughout your various patterns, your outfit will have a more harmonious look than if you use too many different colors. With too many colors going on, you may appear too loud or disorienting! So be careful and stick to colors in the same family. So different shades and hues of one color are a Do!

3. DO Break Up Patterns with Solids

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We all know that patterns can overwhelm the eyes when we don’t get a little break from all the stimulation! So don’t forget that when you’re pattern mixing. Make sure to introduce solids. Something as simple as a belt in a solid color can often do the trick!

4. DO Use Small Accents or Subtlety

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If you’re a little unsure about mixing your patterns, don’t be afraid to take baby steps. Incorporating various patterns into your accessories is a great way to mix patterns. Also, who isn’t a fan of subtlety? Oftentimes, it’s the subtle things that catch our attention!

5. DON’T Use the Same Scale

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This is similar to creating balance. But just in case it wasn’t quite clear: it is best not to use patterns that incorporate, for example, both thick stripes up top and down below!

6. DON’T Forget Texture

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Like solids, fabrics of different textures can add a bit of variety or add a break to your patterns.

7. DO Experiment with the Fabulous Four

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Try out combinations of the fabulous four: Stripes, Polka-Dots, Leopard Print, and Floral Print!

8. DO Be Bold – Mix More than Two Patterns!

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For those of us with a little more verve, don’t be afraid to flaunt creative combinations of multiple prints and patterns! Be sure to check out Repeat Possessions for leopard print, stripes, polka-dots, and plaid!

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