Pattern Mixing

 

There’s no question that as soon as the temperatures rise, we naturally reach for floral prints and colours as a way to leave those cold, sombre days behind. So whether or not the first weeks of spring are in full bloom, they truly are the perfect opportunity to step into pattern mixing for a unique and fashionable look.

 
There’s no question that as soon as the temperatures rise, we naturally reach for floral prints and colours as a way to leave those cold, sombre days behind. So whether or not the first weeks of spring are in full bloom, they truly are the perfect opportunity to step into pattern mixing for a unique and fashionable look. While taking on this trend may seem an overwhelming task and scary to attempt, pattern mixing is not as difficult as it seems. When done right, it can definitely look polished and fashion-forward. Plus, by attempting this trend, your outfit options will grow exponentially, and isn’t this what we all want?

The easiest way to create a great mixed pattern ensemble is to start with a print and build the rest of the look around it. While watercolour floral, geometric and tropical prints are catching on quickly, stripes always go very well with both floral and leopard-skin prints, and these two print combinations are the easiest to pull off. It is important to keep in mind that it’s all about achieving a visual balance, and to do so, there are a few simple rules to consider.

For a cohesive look, follow a colour palette or theme so that both pieces go well together: pair large prints with smaller ones, combine looser patterns like florals with more structured ones like stripes and geometric motif, and make sure that one common colour is repeated in each print. If a bold look is too forward for you, then try introducing the second pattern in your accessories. But if you go with a head-to-toe mix-and-match outfit, complete the look with simple and neutral accessories so that they don’t compete with the rest.

Whether you decide to go with a bold or subtle mixed pattern look, don’t be afraid to show your playful and experimental side. After all, that’s what fashion is about right?
 
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