Mixing prints and patterns can be scary.
I'm here to tell you:
HAVE NO FEAR!
I know I know, easier said than done. If it was just that easy to erase fears I wouldn't be the deathly-afraid-of-centipedes person that I am I would just say to myself "stop being scared of this little bug you literally are 1000x bigger than it just step on it wait where are you going stop screaming come back oh my gosh there she goes again I need a drink." My inner voice's patience is running thin with me.
But truthfully, mixing patterns and prints is not as scary as it seems. The first step is confidence. This is a no-brainer in any activity in your life. I know it's a tired idea but just bear with me here, ok? The second step is, "Alright... I have all these prints but how do I make them work together?" When I mix prints I don't just throw things on willy-nilly, although that can work too. I find it easier to break down the process into three different categories of pattern-mixing and then see what I can come up with.
#1: COLORED PATTERN + COLORED PATTERN
This one is my favorite and probably the most-used. It just makes sense. Pull a color from pattern #1 and match it with another color in pattern #2. Check out some examples:
#2: BLACK AND WHITE PATTERN + COLORED PATTERN
Another way I look to mix things up a bit is by choosing a pattern that is black and white and pairing it with a colored pattern. This simplifies things a little more than the previous option; it becomes no longer necessary to match colors up. Just look for prints that might go well together! The trick here is to find contrasting patterns. Stripes and Houndstooth. Floral and polka-dot. Or even the same pattern just in a different size and color! Check out some examples:
#2: BLACK AND WHITE PATTERN + BLACK AND WHITE PATTERN
Oh how I love my colorless clothing. Don't get me wrong, colors are great. But sometimes I just need to go back to the good ol' basics. Like the tip above, the trick is to find differing prints and essentially just holding them together and seeing if it pleases your eyeballs. If the patterns make you go a little dizzy then maybe they aren't meant to be together. But hey I mean if you like to look like a walking magic eye then more power to you!
WELL, THERE YA HAVE IT.
I hope this post made you think, "Hm... she is a wierdo but I am a little less scared of putting outfits together." Maybe you read this entire post thinking "this girl is a loony there is no way I'm wearing these prints she needs to get out of here". And that's fine too! Ultimately, I just wanted to share and show some ways that I personally try to mix things up in my closet.
My biggest tip is to trust your eyeballs. They are right there inside your face for you. If a pattern pairing looks "right" to your eyes, it probably is!
My second biggest tip is to always remember to rock anything you're wearing with confidence.
And don't be scared of your clothes anymore! They are your friends. Embrace them.
Figuratively. Or I guess, literally. Like me.