Ps: sorry about my english 😛
I really like fashion, I think is a fun way to be creative and express yourself. I really don’t have a specific style, I just wear what I like, from boho to preppy, I just like to have fun with my clothing. And lately, I have been finding a lot of inspiration mixing patterns.
As many of you already know, I LOVE PATTERNS! is a “I can’t live without it” kind of love.
So, is natural that my passion took me to mix and match patterns, just because why not right? The more patterns I can wear the better!
This didn’t come natural to me though, mixing patterns has it own science, and sometimes, I found myself wondering if I was looking more crazy than usual, but eventually, I got it, and now I just can’t stop
So, in my mission to share my love to patterns to the world, I decided to create this “mix patterns like a pro guide”, so you guys can start enjoying patterns in your closets!
Before to start with this guide, you need to put this thought in your head: MATCH COLORS, NOT PRINTS!!!!. This tip is going to make your learning path much easier! if I only knew this when I started … but well. Now I’m telling you!!
Now with the guide:
This pattern needs to have a bigger scale than the secondaries patterns, can be floral or multicolor.
Once you have your main pattern, notice the colors on it, and select a secondary pattern, a geometric on a larger scale than the first pattern or similar scale to it.
As for the colors, analyze the colors in your main pattern, and choose one of those colors or even you could choose a color that goes with the colors present in your main pattern.
Want to know more about this color situation???
Take out your color wheel – or get one- and follow these tips for choosing colors:
Monochromatic Matching. Pairing varying shades of the same hue – purple, lavender, lilac, violet
Complimentary Colors: colors on the opposite end of the color wheel. They complement each other by being opposites.
Color Triads: three colors evenly spaced on the color wheel. Or three colors that are equal distance from one another on the color wheel. Example: green, orange, and purple
Analogous Colors: three colors located next to each other on the color wheel . You can also select one main color and accent it with two adjacent colors on the color wheel.
This is a whole pro level. This pattern is definitely to have fun with. Select a small scale pattern, selecting a color that is not the focus of the main pattern but its present in the fabric.
Felling a little threaten?
Follow this simple examples and start rocking your path to become a pattern Ninja
- When combining two multi-color patterns, make sure you have one unifying color. You should coordinate colors, not prints.
- Treat monochromatic patterns as solid colors.
- Combine a large stripe with a smaller print
- Combine a Floral print with polka dots
- Leopard goes with everything! (is a neutral)
- Polka dots and stripes alway work!
Now you are ready to have fun with patterns!
and of course… music