Last year we filmed a video for Sirtaj Hotel in Beverly Hills and I mixed patterns to style one of my favorite outfits to date. Since that day, I love some good pattern-on-pattern play and while everyone has their own version of what works and doesn’t work, we here at CSP say, “the more (patterns), the merrier”! Yes, plaid and polka dots can go together! In fact, many prints are easily mixable, as long as you keep these three basic tips in mind:
1. MATCH COLORS, NOT PRINTS
Try to match at least one color across your prints to keep the look easy on the eye. Whether that color is simple like I did with white, or something more bold, if the colors look good together, usually the patterns will match too.
2. SPREAD YOUR PRINT OUT
Break up print-on-print matchiness by layering solid pieces, accessories, or even skin! With my look, I bared a tiny bit of midriff to add some space between the plaid and polka heart prints. Try distributing prints with a couple pieces mixed in with a few neutral pieces to keep your look from feeling overwhelming.
3. SIMPLE & BOLD ARE THE PERFECT PAIR
The smaller the print, the easier it is to match with a loud graphic print. For example, stripes or gingham can be considered neutrals and can easily pair with a bright floral pattern. If you’re hesitant about mixing prints, black and white stripes paired with almost any patten is a fool proof way to wear this trend!
Shirt: TJ Maxx, similar here
Shorts: Marshall’s, similar here
Sneakers: Kate Spade, similar here
Necklace: old, similar here
Bracelets: BaubleBar, Kate Spade
(I created easy effortless waves with my absolute favorite straightener, the Paul Mitchell Express Ion Smooth!)