21 Ways To Work Patterns Like A Pro

21 Ways To Work Patterns Like A Pro

Are you afraid to mix patterns out of fear of looking like a clown? Lose your fear, help is here! Here are 21 ways to mix and match patterns like a pro!

Patterns

1. Choose one print to dominate and one as an accent.

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2. Mix prints of different scales.
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Like tiny stars with large-scale stripes.

3. Keep your fabrics in the same color family.

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4. Pick two different prints that share a single color.
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5. Pair mixed prints with neutrals for an easy vibe.
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Try a plain white tee, chambray shirt, or trench coat.

6. If you want to use the same pattern, invert the colors.
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Pair black stripes on a white background with white stripes on a dark background.

7. Or play with size.
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8. Use the exact same pattern in a larger or smaller scale.
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Instant chic.

9. Treat stripes as a neutral.
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As seen on the incomparable Jenna Lyons.

10. Break up patterns with a belt for a cohesive look.
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11. Tie a plaid shirt or printed sweatshirt around your waist for an easy and casual dose of added print.
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12. Textured fabrics like perforated leather totally count as a print.
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Perfectly mixed here with patterned letters.

13. Choose a top or dress that is pre-mixed and pair with a third print.
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Half of the work is done for you!

14. Pair two types of the same print.
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Groovy floral, meet wallpaper floral.

15. Or the same print in boldly contrasting colors.
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16. Add Fair Isle to a bright, summery print to for year-round wear.
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17. Break the patterns up for a less busy outfit.
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18. Pair neutral prints with colorful prints.
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Like this white-on-white stripe.

19. Mix prints between tailored and flowy pieces or different textures.
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Like a heavy tweed jacket and silk blouse, both with square prints.

20. Use printed accessories for a lighter touch.
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21. When in doubt, polka dots and stripes always work.
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Now get out there and act like you own the world!

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