Mastering the Art of Pattern Mixing

Let's face it: pattern mixing can be intimidating. But the reality is, it’s simpler than you think. Pattern mixing can give you the confidence to break some age-old fashion rules while elevating your style. So let's take a journey into the wonderful world of patterns, where anything goes if you know how to strut your stuff.

The Myths of Fashion Rules

There are countless myths in the fashion world that have been passed down from generation to generation. "Don't mix prints" or "Never wear stripes with polka dots," for instance. But the truth is, these rules were made to be broken.

In fact, some of the most iconic fashion moments have come from daring individuals who weren't afraid to break the mold and create their own rules. Think of Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, with her mismatched ties and vests, or Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, with her penchant for combining unexpected prints and colors.

How to Mix Patterns with Confidence

So, how do you mix patterns with confidence? Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Start with Similar Colors: When starting out, it's easier to mix patterns that share a similar color palette. This creates a cohesive look and makes the patterns feel less overwhelming.

  2. Play with Scale: A large-scale pattern can be paired with a smaller one. For example, a bold floral print skirt can be beautifully balanced with a subtle polka dot blouse.

  3. Add Solids: If you're feeling overwhelmed, break up your patterns with a solid piece. This could be a neutral shoe, a solid color belt, or even a classic denim jacket.

  4. Trust Your Instincts: Fashion is a form of self-expression. If you think two patterns look great together, then they probably do. Trust your instincts and don't be afraid to experiment.

Discovery Shop: Your Pattern Mixing Playground

What better place to test out your new pattern-mixing skills than at a Discovery Shop? With its wide variety of prints, colors, and styles, it’s a great place to test some new ideas without going broke.

Shopping at a thrift store is not just economically savvy; it's also a sustainable choice. You can find unique pieces that no one else has and give a second life to clothes that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

So, step into your local Discovery Shop with an open mind and an adventurous spirit. Look for patterns that speak to you, whether they're bold florals, classic stripes, or anything in between. Remember, the key to successful pattern mixing is confidence. So wear your mismatched prints with pride, and you'll be sure to turn heads for all the right reasons. Go ahead and break those myths. Your wardrobe will thank you.

Get more inspiration on our Pinterest board then shop at your local Discovery Shop.