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Pattern Mixing Like a Pro

by Kate Franco on January 23, 2013 · 1 comment

I think it’s been about a year since I’ve written a how-to. Are y’all going through withdrawals? One of my absolute favorite things is unexpected combinations. I’m a huge fan of juxtaposition. If you’re new to the pattern play game and feeling a little timid about it, I’ve got 5 tips that will have you print mixing like a pro.

Kate’s Tips

  1. Start small with accents like scarves and shoes. That extra dose of extra pattern will brighten up any look!
  2. Try tonal on for size. I’m willing to be that the fact that you’re wearing shades of the same color will make it feel a little more toned down.
  3. Graphic tees are cool again. After years of hating graphic tees on guys, I’m kind of loving them for the ladies lately. Some may debate me, but I’m gonna count a graphic tee as a print/pattern. So easy!
  4. Layer up! Okay, this one sounds hardcore, but is deceptively minimalist. When you do a sweater or a dress over a button down, you get just one major pattern with a hint of the other.
  5. Printed Pants are EVERYWHERE, and jeans with a subtle pattern can play almost like a neutral.


For more pattern mixing inspiration check out my pinterest boad, prints charming.

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Kate January 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Good tips. I love pattern-mixing.

Kate from Clear the Way


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