How to Mix Patterns

Mixing Patterns

Mixing patterns is intimidating to most. You are not the only one that defaults to stripes! Mixing patterns helps make greater use of your wardrobe and create more outfits from fewer items. It’s really fun to experiment with patterns, and I hope you will try after reading my how to on mixing patterns.

Choose one Print to dominate and the other as an accent


Use the same pattern in a different scale/size


Invert colors when using the same pattern


Pair two types of the same pattern


Fun fact: I designed and sewed the skirt I am wearing.

Treat Texture (i.e. lace) as a Pattern


Choose Different prints with the same color


Fun fact: These two patterns were the ones I was most nervous about when styling myself for this shoot, but it’s my favorite look! Taking a risk is worth it, don’t be nervous.

B.E. Style Tip: When in doubt, polka dots and stripes always go well together.

Explore more photos of Mixed patterns by Lucas Sigurdson 





What is your favorite Pattern?

I love polka dots, but lately I have been drawn to gingham prints. Comment your favorite prints. I will even give you tips on how to mx them.

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