While going through comments on 8 simple rules for mixing patterns, it was suggested I give some tips on types of patterns to purchase if you want to start pattern mixing. Most of you probably own these patterns, or very similar patterns already, which will make this exercise really easy for you. For those of you that own very few patterns, I’ve outlined my top five patterns for getting into mixing near the bottom of this post.
Start with some very simple patterns in basic colors. Beginning with black, white, navy or tan is the easiest way to ease yourself in. Once you’re comfortable, you can add in other colors:
These are all uniform colors, sizes and densities. Once you’re comfortable with patterns like these, you can begin to mix in others that are more abstract, varied and unique.
Here are some others to consider:
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Suze, this is just a huge mess of patterns! What do I do with them?” Here is a depiction of the ways you could (conceivably) wear them:
See? Many, many ways to mix everything together.
But, if you’re starting from scratch, don’t own many patterns (I’m looking at you Cher) or are really, really confused, these are my top five patterns to start with:
polka dots, stripes, floral, houndstooth or herringbone, leopard print.
These five are very common, come in neutral colors and bright colors, and are very easy to wear together and mix with other patterns. Make sure when purchasing patterns that you choose those that match your personal style and are in colors you’d wear. Don’t purchase patterns with the hopes that you’ll eventually wear them. Start small, start simple and buy those that you’ll wear. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your money!
I really hope this extra bit of information has been helpful. If you’d like me to go into more detail, just let me know in the comments or feel free to email me for extra assistance.