Pattern mixing can sometimes seem like a daunting task, and for good reason. None of us want to walk out in public looking like we just won our high school’s annual Tacky Day. I hope this post will provide you all with a little guidance on how to mix and match patterns and prints with ease and minimal frustration.
Truthfully, I put this outfit together by complete accident. I was trying on both the top and bottoms at Topshop, when something clicked. You know that tingly feeling you get when you take a bite of cheesecake and think, Hell yeah, that’s definitely doing it for me? Well, those same sentiments applied to this situation, especially considering I had been on a long and strenuous search for an outfit that would shatter my work wardrobe to its core.
For this particular ensemble, the crop top and culottes share two colors: black and white. Furthermore, when worn together, the overall outfit appears to be somewhat geometrically balanced. If the top boasted a different pattern, say, floral, this outfit would not look as sleek and cohesive. Thus, it’s important to be mindful of the actual patterns themselves in your decision-making process.
When first experimenting with pattern mixing, it is always your safest bet to stay within a similar color scheme. Want to turn into a pattern mixing connoisseur? Check out this beneficial Cosmo article for tips.
Photography: Caitee Smith