QUESTION OF THE WEEK
What is your stance on Pattern Mixing? Can it be done?
OUR THOUGHTS ON PATTERN MIXING
J | I think that pattern mixing can be done well, but it can also be done very poorly. Like I think of stripes, polka dots, florals, and leopard print as neutrals that can work well together on most occasions, but I wouldn’t go for two busy prints in one outfit. It’s just not my thannnnnnggg.
L | Yeah, I honestly don’t think that I would personally mix patterns in my clothing. BUT, I’m all over it for home décor. Like my go to home style right now is boho chic (think Opal House collection from Target) and it is all about mixing patterns and textures in the same space.
J | You do have a few bathing suits that have mixing patterns, right?
L | Oh yeah, and see that is just normal to me. My suits have a combination of stripes and florals and that just makes sense to me in a bathing suit that there would be a mixture of prints but I can’t think of an instance where I would wear it regularly.
J | Ok, let’s go to Pinterest and see what we find for both good and bad examples…. Ooooh like this looks nice.
L | Yeah, I really like that.
J | I like this too, how they pulled out a prominent color from the skirt for the striped top.
J | Ooooh, I really didn’t think that I would like this, but I’m loving the plaid and stripes together.
L | Oh yeah, I love that. I think that the belt is what really makes it work.
J | Yeah, it breaks it up doesn’t it.
J | Here are a few I don’t like, this is just to busy for me.
L | Yeah, I agree it’s too much. Oh my gosh, even the tights.
J | Apparently this is really on trend, but I’m afraid multiple busy prints is not my thing. Oh wait, I totally would not have paired this together but this girl is totally rocking it.
L | Oh yeah, see it goes back to the confidence thing. You can wear just about anything when your inner confidence shines through!
J | This looks like it is for home décor but I think it would apply to pattern mixing in clothing as well. We want to look at geometric patterns, scale, and movement.
L |Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Oh I like that with the large circles on the bottom and the small circles on the top.
J | Yasssssss!! That’s a great example of how it can work with the same pattern on a different scale. This is nice too with the stripes under the floral jacket.
J | Ok well, I feel like there are a lot more possibilities for mixing patterns than I thought there were! I’m seriously so inspired!
L | Me too! I definitely want to step out of my comfort zone and try these things ASAP!
J | See we are learning with you guys! Such a great question and it will be fun to see what outfits come from this great conversation!
J | Check out my Forever 21 tryon from the morning after Lindsey and I chatted about this. I was so inspired by this convo, I haven’t had that much fun in a dressing room in years!
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How do you feel about pattern mixing? Did this conversation sway you one way or another?