What I Wore: Pattern Play


Not too long ago even the thought of pairing printed pants with a striped top would make me uncomfortable, and look at me now – mixing not one, not two, but three different patterns in one outfit. I consider this progress, while my husband probably thinks  that I am one step closer to crazy-old-lady-dressing. Either way, this pattern play thing isn’t going to go away anytime soon, so he may as well get used to it.

If you’ve always wanted to try mixing different patterns and prints into one outfit, I follow a couple of simple rules/tips to avoid looking cray.

1. Patterns from the same colour family are the easiest to mix, so make sure that there’s a common theme when it comes to the colour of the garments you are trying to pair up.
2. Combine prints of different sizes to create a more balanced look. Large flowers with thin stripes, tiny houndstooth with loud graphic prints, etc.
3. Stripes, dots, and leopard print are basically neutrals, so don’t be afraid to throw those into the mix.
4. When in doubt – add a splash of colour. Jacket, bag, shoes, whatever…just make it pop!

So tell me, do you mix prints often…or ever? What are your fave combos? Share in the comments!



More after the jump!




I Wore: Top, Pants, Shoes – c/o Ann Taylor; Jacket – Gap; Necklace – Zara; Bag – Proenza Schouler PS11 Tiny


  1. says

    Hi Nelia, you managed with the task very well and your outfit is a great example for mixing prints! I myself love very much this trend but somehow find it a little difficult to achieve with items in my wardrobe, maybe I just don’t own the “right” prints! Anyway, inspired by your post, I’m going to give it another try and this time I’ll try to be more creative!

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