Mix Master


The art of mixing and matching patterns: something usually considered for the bold and trendy. It's not that I don't fall into either of these categories from time to time, but on a daily basis, I would call my style "classic with a twist." I like incorporating fun details that make my style my own, but I also understand what looks good on me ... and I don't jump on every trend that comes along.

Leopard, stripes, polka dots and floral patterns are just a few of my favorites that play well together (I could easily get into ikat and tartan and gingham and chevron), but they are a good starting point if you're new to print mixing. When styling, I always consider leopard a "neutral" that can be mixed with just about anything, and stripes are my "easy chic" pattern – they're always classic and make me feel put together. Florals and polka dots are fun to mix in, especially in the Summer when lots of great prints are in stores.

Basic Tips to Mastering the "Classic with a Twist" Mix

1. Stick with classic, well-fitting pieces and silhouettes, and you won't look like you're trying too hard to be trendy. 

2. Play with the scale of patterns. Going for a large print on the bottom? Opt for a small print on top.

3. Keep accompanying pieces simple and/or neutral. If you're going with a loud top and skirt combination, go with nude or neutral shoes. If your pants and shoes are the focus, go for a simple top and jewelry.

4. Do a little research. It always helps to visualize how prints look best when an expert does it. Some of my favorite mix masters are Olivia Palermo, the Erdem collections, Blair Eadie, and Mary Katrantzou.

5. Don't try to incorporate more than 2 patterns at once. Your look will just get too busy and fall apart.

6. Be a little bit bolder than you normally would. It never hurts to try something new! Make rules, break rules, and find out what works for you. If you're not ready to dive into all over prints, try dipping your feet in and wearing some patterned shoes or a scarf mixed with a patterned top.

7. Confidence is key in this art – if you feel good, you look good; if you feel awkward, you probably look awkward. Confidence is how you pull off a bold look.

Mixed My Way

Leopard & Floral look
+ J.Crew Top
+ Tibi Pants
+ J.Crew Satchel
+ ASOS watch
+ Ivanka Trump Heels

Stripes & Dots look
+ Dorothy Perkins Dress
+ J.Crew Pearls
+ Essie Polish in Canyon Coral
+ Loeffler Randall Heels

Stripes & Leopard look
+ Splendid Top
+ Madewell Hat
+ Old Navy Denim
+ Michael Kors Watch
+ Topshop Sandals

What do you think? Will you give it a go?

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  1. love the outfits. especially the stripes & dots one.

    xo, elizabeth.

    1. Thanks! Stripes & dots are two of my favorite prints :)


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