Pattern Mixing: How to mix patterns and textures

Patterns are really fun to use once you get the hang of it. Many people avoid to mix patterns just because they find it tricky to work with. Others have a more subtle style of dressing and leave pattern mixing for the ‘bold’ .

Well you don’t have to fear patterns. You will love them once you read these tips. Here is my ” Guide to patterns”.

To begin you can keep these tips in mind:

Choose and mix patterns in a similar color palette:

It’s amazing how well the same colors in different patterns can work together, especially if they’re in a similar fabrication.

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Choose a dominant pattern and a supporting pattern:

Dominant patterns can work together, but choosing one dominant pattern and one supporting pattern is a more flop proof approach.


When it comes to accessorizing, less is more. Pattern mixing creates an eye catching effect, so you do not wan to overdo it with too many accessories.

You could try matching the patterns of accessories like hand bags,belts, hats and shoes with your outfit.

Vin’s Pro Tips:

  • When mixing patterns the results are already eye catching. In this case it is best to keep jewelry and other accessories to a minimum.
  • Don’t mix dense prints together, this will look messy.
  • Smaller prints can be treated as a solid color.
  • If your taste is more subtle, then try working with classic prints such as polka dots or stripes.


Tell me which print/pattern is your favorite in the comments below.