2. Stick with patterns going in the same director or have one be an all-over pattern with no discernable direction. (<-Beginner and Intermediate)
3. Pattern mixing is easier when the patterns are different scales. Trying to pair one small pattern with another small pattern can make it look like you got dressed in the dark. Larger patterns paired with smaller patterns look best. (<-Beginner)
Mixing with plaid is a good illustration of all of the tips
4. If there is a lot of pattern going on, such as with plaid, keep the accessories minimal or neutral. (<-Beginner and Intermediate)
5. When in doubt, throw on a leopard scarf, belt or shoe. But limit it to two of the three. (<-Everyone!)
Need more help? Angie at You Look Fab has some great pattern mixing posts as well.
And, I hope you keep in mind that I haven’t always been drawn to mixing patterns. So don’t expect to open your closet one morning and suddenly know exactly what patterns to put with what. Start with the beginner tips and work your way up!
Or, you know, submit a question for a You Pick Wednesday post for your specific item or contact me for a closet consultation!