Inevitably, I don’t always find myself wearing prints or patterns. I guess I’m more of a minimalist based on the clothes hanging in my closet and can find bold prints sometimes daunting. That is until I saw this dress and striped shawl. However, when I first saw the two, I had no plans to wear together. I actually wore the shawl here and it was then that I realized it might compliment the dress (that and my latest obsession with Gossip Girl might have inspired me).
I admit, pattern mixing can be intimidating. But I’ve found a few tips that have helped me a long the way.
1. First Things First
Pick one thing at a time. It helps to find one statement piece, then lay other options around it to see what is the best accent. Colors, Textures and Scale all play a part in finding the right accent piece and laying the options out helps you see how well they compliment each other.
2. Seeing Stripes
When all else fails, start with stripes. A great piece of fashion advice that I heard years ago, was to treat stripes as a neutral. Meaning, don’t be afraid to pair it with leopard, florals, or other geometric prints. This is a great place to start for those who are intimidated by patterns. Over the years, I have found this one to be (almost) fool proof! See more of my take on mixing stripes and other prints here, here and here.
3. Keep It In The Family
When I mix prints, I like to look at the color pallet. I always make sure there is at least one color shared color between the prints.
If you have some tips that have helped you, please share below. I always love to hear from you! xx
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OUTFIT DETAILS: H&M Striped Shawl // Patterned Dress (FIT: tts, I am wearing a 4) // Tory Burch Derby Boots (on sale, they run true to size) // YSL Smal Sac De Jour // Michael Kors Boyfriend Watch // Julie Vos Necklace // Celine Audrey Sunglasses
images by: mary summers