Pattern Mix :: Plaid Pants & Argyle Top

It is Sunday, my friends, let’s talk about something fun, and inspirational, perhaps. ;D Topic du jour: mixing patterns! It is one of those things actually takes a lot of effort to look effortless. The easiest to do in repeating the same pattern, like what I did in a previous post. A look like that, could also easily been seen as being “old school” and “trying too hard”. So for everyday getups, what are the “short cuts” to pattern mixing, if any?

Short Cut #1: repeat the same pattern in different colors. This works extremely well with stripes, polka dots and floral.


Dolce & Gabbana SS15

Short Cut #2: group patterns of similar geometric shapes. This kind of mix frequents runway recently. The patterns are not exactly the same, sometimes they have the same color, sometimes not, but together they can tell a cohesive story.


Dries Van Noten FW14

My outfit today is such an example: the plaid and the argyle are different but visually similar patterns, and the burgundy color is a common denominator between the two. IMG_5546IMG_5485 IMG_5472

Short Cut #3: mixing patterns big and small. With the exception of patterns mentioned in the first tip, in general, there should be a dominate pattern and a sidekick. Today’s outfit also fit in this category, the pants have larger pattern than the top, hence more dominating in the entire look.


Altuzarra SS15

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Thank you so much for reading! Wish you a great week ahead. See you in my next post!

(Stella McCartney blazer, Etoile Isabel Marant pants & belt; Opening Ceremony t-shirt; Celine bag, Dior sunglasses;)

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4 comments on “Pattern Mix :: Plaid Pants & Argyle Top

    1. petiteflower

      Thanks, Sahra! Even though mixing patterns and the like is not my strongest area, I love to experiment. Looking forward to more of your styling!

  1. danxuan

    learn something again. Thanks for sharing.

    1. petiteflower

      Anytime, Danxuan! I am also learning and figuring things out along the way, so glad it could be of some value to you as well. 🙂