Pattern mixing is a bit of an art. The results can be lovely and fun or go very wrong…depending on how you do it. And let me preface this by saying, there really isn’t a wrong way to do it, there are just some ways that produce a more visually cohesive result. As a newbie to wearing patterns, I take the foolproof route which is to combine patterns in the same color family.
Today’s ootd has me pattern mixing with shades of blue and white which is a pretty simple formula. A geometric with paisley is as easy a combo as a stripe with a floral.
Pattern mixing is easiest when you limit the number of colors involved. I’m just beginning to dip my toe into wearing color and tiny bits of a pattern so combing just two colors is a snap for me. This elegant kimono is reversible giving you lots of options. The high side slits help it flow and swish when you walk. It’s available in regular and petite, sizes 0/2 – 22/24. I’m wearing a 4/6 regular which is a bit snug across the back so I could have gone up to an 8/10.
The 3/4 sleeves are natural for showcasing bracelets and also help us look taller.
The pants are Chico’s classic pull-on Bridgett in gingham. They didn’t make the blue and white gingham in petite so I bought the regular size 2 and turned the hem under, just once. That allowed me to keep the cute ankle buttons which really add a fun touch. These pants have a lot of stretch so I recommend you size down for the best fit. The pull-on style also means no bulky zipper or closure to show through a tee.
This outfit would also look really cute worn with white tennies, flat shoes, or sandals. If white shoes are not your thing, a soft metallic is a nice option. In fact, metallic shoes and bags are a great neutral for most outfits.
When mixing patterns with multiple colors, be sure each pattern has a sizable portion of the same shade. This helps tie them together.
Choose patterns that vary in size. Combining a large pattern with a small scale pattern gives the most visually pleasing look.
Which do you prefer? The blue side of the kimono or the pattern side with the gingham pants?
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Thanks for reading ladies and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.