Monday, November 2, 2015

Pattern Mixing with a Striped Skirt: 3 Ways

Happy Monday and congratulations to the Kansas City Royals!! 

I love playing around with the different prints and patterns in my closet and trying new combinations to wear. The pattern that I always come back to when it comes to print mixing is stripes. This classic pattern never goes out of style, and it's perfect for mixing with other patterns. Here are three no-fail ways to mix stripes with other patterns.

How to mix stripes with other patterns - 3 looks | www.shealennon.com

{one} have fun with accessories


striped skirt with plaid scarf | www.shealennon.com

striped skirt with plaid scarf | www.shealennon.com

Gray sweater: Gap (similar) | striped skirt: Target (similar) | scarf: c/o SheIn | boots: Mia (similar)

Without the scarf, this wouldn't be a bad look, but it would be a little plain. This plaid blanket scarf from SheIn keeps me cozy and warm, and it also adds a little fun to this outfit. A printed scarf like this one is an easy way to add another pattern to a simple look.

{two} use color strategically


striped skirt with polka dot chambray and bright blazer | www.shealennon.com

striped skirt with polka dot chambray and bright blazer | www.shealennon.com

Orange blazer: Target (similar) | polka dot chambray shirt: J.Crew Factory (similar) | striped skirt: Target (similar) | taupe ankle boots: Crown Vintage (similar)

In this look, the stripes and polka dots are a lot going on right next to each other. However, the orange blazer brings both patterns together nicely. Wearing a bright jacket or cardigan over two prints gives the eye something to focus on, and makes the look more cohesive.

{three} or, stick with neutral colors


striped skirt with leopard and polka dots | www.shealennon.com

striped skirt with leopard and polka dots | www.shealennon.com

Black cardigan: Gap Outlet (similar) | striped skirt: Target (similar) | leopard scarf: c/o Sammydress (similar) | polka dot flats: Madewell (cute loafer style)

If the patterns are small and the colors are neutral, it's possible to wear stripes with not just one other pattern, but two. Mixing stripes, leopard, and polka dots sounds like a lot, but because everything in this look is in a neutral shade, it works. Plus, the neutrals break up the patterns so they're not right next to each other. 

What is your favorite way to mix stripes with other prints?


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