Playing with Color: Pulling from the Pattern by Kristine

Monday, March 19, 2012
Bright colors and bold prints worn together make me really, really happy. However, this can look like a hot mess if not executed properly (something I am definitely guilty of at times). One surefire way to wear color and prints together is to pull from the pattern. What does this mean? Well, basically, it means that if you're wearing a patterned skirt with blue, white, and green in it, you'll be safe wearing a blue, white, or green top. You can play with this rule quite a bit to extend to shoes, accessories, etc.

Example 1:  Kind of a crazy top, right? It's pink with little red-orange mice on it. To complement it in a bold way, I chose to wear it with a red-orange skirt. And it totally works. (Also, to keep things toned down a bit, I distanced the mice shirt from the leopard flats, a trick I talked about in Pretty Ways to Mix Patterns!)

Example 2:  This skirt's got little red cherries on it, so I paired it with a red striped top. The white collar of the top also aligns with the little white cats on my skirt. You totally get it now, right?

Continuing a similar color scheme throughout your ensemble creates a consistency that easily pulls everything together. I'm not saying you can't go outside of this box (In fact, please do!), but if you're looking for an effortless way to wear crazy colors and prints, this is one of them. Have fun!


  1. All good tips, and I especially like stripes and florals together like you've done in the second picture. I love colour, and we need peeps to wear more of it! :)


  2. I love pattern mixing & Kristine certainly seems to be the master of it ... so jealous. Glad to get any tips I can :)

  3. cute. very chic ^^ 

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  4. Love the striped shirt with the lace collar! Where did you find that!?

  5. love both! they're so cute. but especially the second...i adore the mixed patterns, and that silhouette shows off your tiny, adorable figure! <3 

  6. Rocks Paper MetalMarch 20, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    RED! love it!

  7. the second outfit is amazing. where did you find that skirt + shirt??

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  9. Darling! I am all over orange right now and I think it looks absolutely fabulous on you. 

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