Target plaid shirt, boots (similar) and tee; Zara pants, old (similar); Asos hat; gifted necklace (similar.)
One of my favorite things to do when getting dressed is to mix up some patterns. I think it is such a super simple way to look unique and fun without a lot of effort. By the way, the majority of my looks that I love are those that require little effort. I don’t get a lot of time to get ready in the morning (maybe 10-15 minutes, max?), and I like to be comfortable. I generally have an idea of what I want to wear most days because when I do have a moment I put outfits together in my closet and hang them together. This helps eliminate me standing in my closet half naked thinking that I have nothing to wear and I hate everything in here meltdowns. This outfit above I thought of on a whim one day and it’s been hanging out just waiting for the right day to wear it. And did I mention that comfort is key with me, too? I refuse to wear tight things or anything I need to pull on, or something I can’t hang out with my kids in. My shirt is flannel and looks equally good with yoga pants at home or a pair of black skinny jeans and Hunter boots. I have it in two colors and it’s on sale now online if you’re interested;) The pants are stretchy as well, which is key in every pair of pants I own these days. Stretch fabric is my friend.
On to pattern mixing! I know for most people pattern mixing can be a little intimidating. I started small when I was trying this out at first and then gradually became more comfortable throwing bolder prints together. I think anyone can pull of this look in different ways, you don’t necessarily have to wear a plaid shirt with camo pants. When it domes to wearing patterns together there are three things I think of:
1) Black and white prints can go with any other type of print, they sort of act as a neutral. For instance, I think a striped black and white top looks great with a floral skirt, or any color printed pant like camouflage or striped, and also looks great with other black and white patterns, like polka dots. Leopard is another pattern that I think mixes with everything.
2) If you have two patterns together, try “grounding” the look with black accessories. I did this with a basic black hat and boots. If I wear a striped cardigan over a patterned dress, I try to wear black tights and shoes to balance the whole look out.
3) Start small. I realize wearing tons of patterns together isn’t for anyone, so why not try a simple floral top with a polka dot scarf? I also love wearing a plaid coat with a buffalo check scarf, this creates a fun look on the outside that I can wear an all black outfit underneath and still feel fun.
Don’t be afraid to try new things and mix and match things on your closet. It maximizes what you have and let’s you wear more of what you currently have without buying new things. I’ve had these camo pants for a couple of years now and I get a lot of wear out of them. When you do shop for something new, look for interesting prints and patterns that can be worked into what you already have in interesting ways. It’s these little details that make an outfit less boring and more interesting to the eye, even if your Grandmother may look at you like you’ve lost your mind (and
most likely possibly your husband as well.)
Tell me, are you fearless when it comes to mixing prints or more cautious?