Mixing patterns can be difficult and intimidating if you don’t know how to execute the look. And with such a thin line between looking classy and like you got dressed in the dark, it is understandable why some completely avoid the trend. Luckily, mixing patterns is not as hard as it looks when the help of these valuable tips:
- Keep in mind both the patterns and the colors
When mixing it up, one of the most important things is color. Different patterns in the same color family tend to look a lot more natural than deeply contrasting colors.
- Look at certain patterns as if they were solids
Houndstooth skinny stripes and small polka dots all give the impression of being solid colors when seen from afar. If you have recently begun dabbling in the style, team up one of these subtle patterns with a more flamboyant one.
- Treat black and white as what they are . . . neutrals
Black and white are easy to mix with any color, which is helpful when trying to keep a look classy. A great example of this is mixing black and white stripes with a floral pattern. When paired together, the combination of stripes and flowers allows you to look both tasteful and stylish.
- Space out the patterns if you’re feeling apprehensive
One of the unique things about accessories is how much they can transform an outfit. If you are nervous about your ability to successfully mix patterns, how about trying out the trend with a patterned scarf, bracelet or purse? That way, you can try out different arrangements without getting too intense.
- Don’t overdo it
Mixing patterns is interesting enough without overdoing it. To keep it simple, always remember to keep your patterns from competing, avoid being too matchy-matchy and steer clear of using too many different looks in one outfit.
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Nicole Veenstra is a Fashion & Lifestyle writer for College Lifestyles. She is currently studying journalism at Rider University and loves dolphins, red velvet anything and spending time with her friends and family.