Pattern mixing is making a comeback this season — from the runways to real life, it’s showing up everywhere. I used to feel challenged when mixing prints, but once I started experimenting, I realized how simple it can be! Check out this post for my full guide, and gain inspiration from the quote below:
“Even if you fall somewhere between preppy, polished, or sporty, getting dressed probably involves some level of layering prints and patterns — even all the minimalists out there. For its Pre-Fall 2019 collection, Louis Vuitton is banking on that fact, ushering in a fresh take on this styling trick with the help of 17 friends of the iconic fashion house. The goal: to show how no matter your style profile, you can embrace print-mixing in a fresh way for 2019.” Source
- Make sure your prints have a single color in common.
- Whatever pattern(s) you choose, the patterns should be of a different size. You don’t want your prints competing with one another.
How to start mixing prints:
I wouldn’t think about it too much — pattern mixing is fun and should not be overly stressful! Start with something simple like a striped tee or floral skirt. You can combine the two like I did in this post, and voila! You’ve created your first look.
Let’s use a striped tee as an example. I invite you to hold it up to every possible option in your closet and set aside items that you think it will complement.
During your try-on session, take a picture so you can remember the combinations you liked and didn’t like. It’s also helpful to have a photo of the looks you’re still on the fence about.
Give this exercise a try, and I promise you’ll be mixing multiple prints and patterns in no time!
Today’s outfit post is a more subtle nod to print mixing than what I typically imagine. The floral blouse is from J.Crew and goes perfectly with the cardigan. I love how the disty floral print is not loud or overwhelming. My cardigan is from Loft, and although it is also patterned, it’s fairly subdued. As for the shoes, I was impressed with myself for going out on a limb and pairing this look with a leopard-print shoe. After all, leopard is considered a “neutral.” But seriously, leopard works well with a variety of other patterns. If you’re not yet incorporating it into your wardrobe, hurry and do so! Leopard print is a must-have this season and never goes out of style — it’s a win-win!
I also want to highlight brooches. I have a slight obsession with them and have amassed a small collection. However, I hardly ever wear a brooch. I told myself if I start wearing them more often, I can purchase additional styles in the future. I’m trying to make this a habit. I bought these brooches 10 years ago from Target and like how they have an antique feel!
Last, but certainly not least, is my Cuyana Saddlebag. It’s the perfect shape and size for a crossbody and easily holds my phone, keys, and wallet. I opted for the rich burgundy color last fall as it complements items in my closet, and I don’t have another purse is this color. Unfortunately, the burgundy is no longer available, but you can purchase this exact crossbody in a gorgeous nude, black, or caramel!
Do you enjoy mixing prints? I invite you to share in the comments below.
Shop the Post:
Sweater: Loft c/o | Blouse: J.Crew (old) c/o | Jeans: J.Crew | Brooches: Target (old) | Ring: Rebekah J. Designs | Shoes: Easy Spirit (similar) c/o | Purse: Cuyana c/o |
*c/o: courtesy of or gifted
Photography: Nicholas Mercado