Pretty Ways to Mix Patterns by Kristine

Friday, November 18, 2011
Hi there! My name is Kristine and I blog over at Kristine or Polly. I'm thrilled to be a contributor on Clothed Much! If you read my blog, you'll know that I am obsessed with mixing patterns. I love how funky and eclectic it can look! Here are a few guidelines I've come up with to mix patterns... but remember, just have fun with it!


1. Try incorporating subtle pops with accessories
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You don't have to wear two big crazy patterned pieces to make a statement. If you want an easy pattern-mixing challenge to start you off, try using patterned accessories. Above, I wore a simple black and white striped dress with a polka dot headband. Accessories are a really easy way to mix patterns, whether it's a headband, a scarf, or tights!

2. Create distance between prints
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If you want to play it safe with your pattern mixing, try distancing the patterned pieces from each other. In this outfit, I wore a printed floral scarf with polka dot tights. Clashing is minimized because of how far away they are from each other!

3. Wear contrasting patterns
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To make sure your ensemble isn't an offensive cluster of prints, there should be some sort of distinction between two adjacent patterns. One way to do that is to wear completely different patterns. Here, I've paired stripes with florals to create a quirky ensemble! 

4. Scale
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Another way to create separation between two adjacent prints is to play with the scale of the patterns. For example, in the outfit above, the pattern on my sweater is much larger than the the pattern on my skirt.

I hope these tips inspired you to have some more fun with your closet this winter! Good luck mixing patterns and have fun! 

20 comments :

  1. Great post Kristine. Love your blog!
    Kelly @

    Elegantly Academic
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  2. very nice!


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  3. awesome! Can you please tell what shoes are you wearing in the first 2 pictures?? Thanks

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  4. Brilliant mix and match ideas. Thanks for enlightening us fashion-challenged bloggers.

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  5. I love Kristine's blog - too fun to see her over on your site.

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  6. Hi doll! Is lovely to find you here, when it comes to mixng patterns, there's no one better than you! oh and to using colorful tights, kisses!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  7. She looks awesome....love her style!!!

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  8. Love Kristine & her blog!! :)

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  9. So cute. I love all of the looks.
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  10. Super relevant post, as always. And Kristine is stinkin' cute, as always. <3

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  11. Love the pattern mixing tips...Kristine does it SO well!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  12. Great suggestions! Can't wait to try them out :)
    xo Jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

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  13. Hi! I got them at Uniqlo in Japan back in April! 

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  14. Folle + SophistiquéeNovember 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    What great suggestions! I definitely need to be more daring with my outfits. Love the third outfit! 

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  15. You're so adorable! I love all of these looks, maybe a little in spite of and maybe a little because of all the patterns! I was going to pick a favourite but then I realized I love them all equally. Great outfits, love this post!

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  16. These are fantastic tips! The last one is the coolest outfit, just b/c it's so bold. I never see anyone mixing patterns like that.

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  17. Great looks! I really want to learn to mix patterns like this, I just don't know if I can pull it off. Thanks for these great tips and pics! =)

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