Hey there! My name is Maria Wendt and I blog about modest fashion and style at The Orange Purse. Pattern mixing is for adventurous and the brave of heart. It can greatly expand your wardrobe and your overall fashion style. But there are a few guidelines that are crucial to not looking like you got dressed in the dark...
1. Start small
Not quite ready to go crazy with pattern mixing? Try starting small. Choose a skirt with a little pattern at the bottom and wear with a printed top.
2. Use a solid color as a break
Using a solid color in between patterns is a great way to dip your toes into more adventurous pattern mixing. The solid color provides a visual break which gives the outfit a more put together look.
3. Stick with the classics
Florals and stripes are something you can't go wrong with. They are the most accepted form of pattern-mixing and can be mixed and matched together in so many different ways.
4. Small on top, big on bottom
By keeping the big prints on the bottom and the little prints on the top, you are establishing balance and hierarchy resulting in a finished, put together look.
5. Use Similar Hues
Although these are two totally different and unrelated patterns, it works because both of the patterns are heavily colored with navy. The belt also gives visual relief and is a way to break up the two patterns.
In Real Life
I recently wrote a style post using the second guideline (Classic Stripes and Florals - also in the image of me above). This post is helpful because it gives you a good idea of what pattern mixing looks like in real life. You should totally check it out!
I really hope you enjoyed this guide to pattern-mixing! Let me know if you have any questions and I will totally be willing to answer anything! Have an amazing day!!