10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger

Plaid Work Pants | 10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

similar sweater | similar pants | c/o scarf | c/o handbag | pumps | sunglasses | c/o earrings | cable cuff | cable ring

Oh Monday, we meet again. Luckily, this weekend was fun, productive, and restful. Everything a weekend should be. So I’m coming back from the weekend feeling ready to concur another week. What about you? I hope you had an amazing weekend and you’re ready to take on the week as well. We can do this y’all!!

On to today’s post, I’m really excited to share something a little different with you today. I don’t know about you but I am a HUGE fan of pattern mixing. Especially when it comes to layering and mixing my accessories with my key pieces. Which is exactly what I’m doing with today’s look. I went with black watch pants {last seen here} and a larger scale plaid scarf. They’re super similar in the colors included in their pattern and their actual pattern {plaid} is quite similar. So even though they’re both patterns, because of the similarities, they aren’t fighting one another to be the center of attention {unlike us and our siblings haha}.

If you’re new to pattern mixing or want to spice up the way you mix your patterns, today’s post is for you! I’m sharing 10 ways to mix patterns like a fashion blogger. Grab inspiration from myself {today’s look} and several other bloggers who are absolutely killing the pattern mixing game!  With each “tip” for pattern mixing below is a link to a blogger that is perfectly displaying that mix. Comment below and share your favorite one!

Plaid Scarf | 10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Preppy Plaid Office Outfit Idea | 10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

10 Ways to Mix Patterns like a Fashion Blogger

1. Keep Your Fabrics in the Same Color Family

2. Pick Two Different Patterns that Share the Same Color

3. If You Want the Same Pattern, Play with Size

Preppy Plaid Work Outfit Idea | 10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Preppy Plaid Office Outfit Idea | 10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Plaid Scarf | 10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

4. Treat Stripes as a Neutral

5. Pair Two Types of the Same Pattern

6. Pair the Same Pattern in Different Shades

Preppy Plaid Work Outfit Idea | 10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Plaid on Plaid | 10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Preppy Plaid Office Outfit Idea | 10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

similar sweater | similar pants | c/o scarf | c/o handbag | pumps | sunglasses | c/o earrings | cable cuff | cable ring

7. Mix Prints Between Tailored and Flowy Pieces or Different Textures

8. Pair Polka Dots & Stripes

9. Choose One Print as the Statement and One as the Accent

10. Mix Prints of Different Scales

10 Ways to Mix Patterns Like a Fashion Blogger | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

38 Comments

  1. McKenna Trahan
    January 29, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Mixing patterns is my jam!! Love these ideas!

  2. Emily Wilkinson
    January 29, 2018 / 10:11 am

    This is the cutest look! Can’t wait to see how others pattern mix!

  3. January 29, 2018 / 10:38 am

    I love mixing patterns. It adds so much personality. Love the classic plaid in your print.

  4. Shelby Back
    January 29, 2018 / 11:05 am

    I never met a print mix I didn’t like 😉 Thanks so much for including me in this roundup!

    xo!
    Shelby

    • January 29, 2018 / 11:07 am

      That’s exactly why I knew to check your site for inspiration haha. Of course gal!

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. January 29, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    I was so happy when pattern mixing became a thing! Whoever invented clashing just wasn’t that creative lol. Love your look and will definitely check out the others for inspiration!

    xx
    Sam

  6. January 29, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Wow I love the plaid on plaid! I need to get more bold about pattern mixing

  7. January 29, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    LOVE all this pattern mixing inspiration!! I’m a huge fan of the big with little pattern in the same color family!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • January 29, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      Thanks gal! It was a really fun post to put together. Glad you’re a fan of that pattern mix as well.

      xo Laura Leigh

  8. January 29, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    love all this inspo! Mixing prints is always challenge but so fun to play with

    love,
    Britt+Whit

    • January 29, 2018 / 4:29 pm

      Yay! Thanks Whit! Glad you enjoyed the post. Couldn’t agree more about pattern mixing being fun!

      xo Laura Leigh

  9. January 29, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    Girl, this post is making me want to get more creative with patterns. My comfort zone is all solids with the occasional stripe ha!

    xo, Emma
    http://defineddesignsblog.com

    • January 30, 2018 / 8:29 am

      Yay!!! That’s exactly what I was hoping to do. Just treat your stripe as a neutral and add another pattern 🙂

      xo Laura Leigh

  10. January 30, 2018 / 7:55 am

    This is so fun! I love the scarf with the pants!

    xx,

    Lacey

  11. Ruth Ridley
    January 30, 2018 / 9:55 am

    You are a style queen!! I loved this post! Done to perfection!!

  12. January 30, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    I’ve never really BEEn one to mix patterns because I feel like it’s so difficult, but you absolutely nailed it! I love the sublet contrast of your pants and scarf, and think it looks so cute!

    Lauren
    http://oliverstwistblog.com

    • January 30, 2018 / 4:42 pm

      Aw you’re so sweet Lauren, thank you gal! I am 100% certain you would be fabulous at pattern mixing.

      xo Laura Leigh

  13. Lauren
    January 30, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    This is such a cool post. I absolutely love mixing patterns and you explained it so well!

  14. Kristina
    January 30, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    I love how you mixed the different plaids- those pants are the cutest!

    xo, Kristina

    • January 31, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Thanks Kristina! They were an item I never knew I wanted or needed but completely fell in love with once I had haha.

      xo Laura Leigh

  15. January 31, 2018 / 10:54 am

    I love mixing patterns too! These are all so cute.

    • January 31, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Glad you’re a fan as well! Thanks gal! It was a fun post to put together.

      xo Laura Leigh

  16. February 1, 2018 / 6:24 am

    These are great tips! personally I love matching two patterns of different scales — like a larger pattern on top with a tighter pattern on my lower half. It takes some experimenting and planning for sure! And sometimes the confirmation of a friend that I don’t look crazy, haha.

    • February 1, 2018 / 8:20 am

      Haha I totally understand that! I often send photos to my mom or best friend before walking out of the house when pattern mixing.

      xo Laura Leigh

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