Have you ever wondered how to mix prints and patterns? It is a big fall trend and I love doing it during this season. It adds a little something extra to my basic jeans-and-tee mom uniform and it can really elevate your Fall style. However, sometimes it can be a bit tricky to figure out, so I am sharing my best tips on how to mix prints and patterns with you today. A few key pieces and accessories can really help you in creating many outfit ideas. You will see me mixing prints and patterns in all kinds of ways this season. In this post, I mix plaid and animal print together and I love it. Here are some tips on making it work:
HOW TO MIX PRINTS AND PATTERNS:
1. Match colors not prints
Make sure the colors work together and don’t worry too much about the patterns. The black in my shoes matches the black stripes in my shirt. However, as a general rule, just like with throw pillows, a larger pattern (my plaid shirt) usually pairs well with a smaller pattern (my leopard flats).
2. The simpler the pattern, the easier they are to mix
For example, stripes are a simple pattern and therefore pair with everything – florals, camo, animal print….you get the idea. I also consider stripes to be a neutral. On the flip side, two florals together don’t usually work, or camo and floral.
3. Break it up with a solid color
Some people are fine with print on print. Me, I am not quite as bold. I like to pair my prints with a solid color to break things up. In this case, with a pair of dark jeans. Choose a neutral or a bold color that is in your pattern for an extra pop. If you do mix prints on the top and bottom, try a solid belt for a cohesive look.
4. Pair prints with neutrals
Neutrals such as gray, white, or beige are a great way to mellow out prints and bold patterns.
5. Texture is a Pattern
A textured sweater, or leather pants, are considered a pattern in my book. Take this into your equation when mixing and matching.
6. Add Accessories
If you are not feeling bold about this trend, accessories are a great way to go. Wear a plaid scarf with your animal print shoes, or add a patterned clutch to a neutral outfit.
I love this plaid shirt, because it is a bit more refined. I typically do not love plaid shirts on me and always feel a bit off when I wear them. The whole Lumber Jack, manly vibe just doesn’t work for me and plaid shirts tend lo make me look bulky. This one has a narrow cut and thinner fabric, which I love. The colors really pop and also work great with white jeans.
The jeans are a bit of a departure from my regular skinnies, but I was told they make my legs look long and my butt look good, so I was sold. ( I did include the obligatory butt shot below 😉) They are also super comfortable, with a lot of stretch, and feel super soft, like pajamas. I think they make a good, dressier alternative to my regular mom uniform of jeans and a tee shirt.
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The shoes are a staple in my closet during the fall months and look equally good with skinny jeans as well. They are a great way to incorporate pattern mixing into your wardrobe without too much trouble. They really work with everything.
I hope you all have a great weekend and why don’t you give it a shot, now that you are an expert at how to mix prints and patterns. Tag me in our outfit picks or us the hashtag #tbbpatternmixing.
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