Mixing patterns is one of those fashion trends that sounds a little crazy – that is, until you try it! Every time we think that we have seen it all, we see it again. Something different, something new, something gorgeous and something vintage inspired. But here’s the good news: it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to master the art of mixing & matching. Once you learn a few simple tricks of the trade, you’ll be pairing patterns like an expert in no time.
You can make your own fashion statement because there are no rules in fashion. I have learned some things along with mixing & matching such as it’s better to match colors, not prints, and stripes are considered neutrals. Plus, you can always use accessories to mix prints.
One of the easiest fashion styles is the monochromatic color scheme. Let one color take the lead in creating a simple yet striking fashion look. If the concept of mixing completely different colors is seriously freaking you out, start with one color and really own it.
When I thrift shop, I always try to find vintage pieces that I can match up with solid colors already in my closet. For me, the simpler and more graphic the prints, the easier they are to mix.
LOAD UP ON PRINTS
I’m all about trying something new. For some reason, right now I am loving the floral print trend, so this Goodwill SheIn Floral Skirt combination did not disappoint. I wore it on our virtual Easter Sunday church service (thanks to Rona) with the hubby. It was super fun and definitely gave me just enough of the Mix & Match print trend.
The next time you go into your closet, look for solid colors, then think how you can jazz them up with a print. If print on print on print is just too much for you, that’s fine! Think of it as layering solid clothes with a pop of print to calm things down and make your look feel natural to you.
Style Tip: A plaid skirt is the perfect replacement for jeans and, when paired with a zebra button-down blouse, finished with some solid black shoes heels or flats, you’ll look like you’ve just stepped out of The Devil Wears Prada.
USE PRIMARY COLORS
If you’re ready to mix it up, begin with primary colors: blue, red, and yellow. Let’s take a walk into art class real quick with these three shades helping to create every other color. Mixing red plus blue makes purple, yellow plus blue makes green, and so on. This rainbow of colors certainly instantly catches the eye, and you will be on your way to showcasing color blocking at its finest. Don’t be afraid have fun with COLORS; after all it’s FASHION.
Try on, take a pic and wear your fashion
Making outfits takes practice which means that you must try things on to see how they look. While a full length mirror is helpful, taking a picture is more effective. The next time you lay your outfit out on the bed, make sure you try it on to get a visual of the completed look.
If you’ve been dealing with fashion failures all your life, you should take the big leap and try to blend some fascinating color combinations. I can’t wait to see the combinations you come up with, so make sure you tag me on social media!
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