Pattern mixing is a trend that could leave you wondering, “how can I pull that off?” If you’re new to the idea or need some advice, you’re not alone. Mixing different fabric patterns intimidates many people, but below you’ll find four tips to help you wear your new favorite outfits like a pro.
Pick a Pattern You Love
Starting with a pattern you love will develop a baseline for the other colors and designs you’ll choose. They’ll need to blend seamlessly to create a cohesive style.
The print should reflect your personality and make you feel confident. A few patterns you may pick to wear include:
- Polka dot
Use a Neutral Color with the Patterns
Pick a neutral color for the design you want to highlight. This shade will help you pick your print and blend everything. Start with brown, beige, or black to keep things simple. Once you feel more comfortable and confident, branch out.
Pair a leopard print top with a brown and white polka dot skirt or headband. The neutral brown will allow the prints to blend without clashing.
Pick Different-Sized Patterns
Layering different-sized patterns is a simple way to mix designs. The smaller scaled print will act like neutral color fabric, so the larger design gets to shine. A large plaid will work well with a smaller floral print to create a fall grunge look.
Don’t Fear the Power Clash
Patterns don’t have to match. That’s why choosing designs with similar and neutral colors is important. If not, you’ll end up with a chaotic look. Anchor the entire outfit with a denim jacket or blazer for stabilization.
You can also use printed accessories to add dimension. For example, add a striped purse or scarf for some flair if you’re wearing a floral print dress.
Start small and keep playing around with prints until you find what you like. Once you’re confident in your pattern-mixing abilities, the world is your oyster. Soon, you won’t even need these four pro tips.
If you’re looking to create your own stylish clothing, turn to Express Knit’s high-quality materials. Our floral knit fabric will make gorgeous skirts or jackets for any occasion. Take time to browse our website to view all the fabulous patterns and materials for your next fashion collection.